This is so fantastic, I wish my gym would do this. Whenever I go to my chain gym, I try to find a cardio machine as far as possible from the TV's running CNN and Fox News all day. If I'm not able, I take off my glasses so I can't easily see what is happening and focus on the book or podcast I am listening to.
If and when I want to watch the train wreck that is cable news, it is very easy to do so - it would nice not to have it forced into my field of view when I'm on a treadmill.
Now if they would only ban music. Nearly every person in a gym now has a smart phone and wearing earbuds. And for some reason gyms insist on blaring some god-awful awful generic "workout music." The net result being that customers have to compete with the gym's music in order to hear their own preferred music.
I tried to explain this to a manager at a gym last summer and he just stared at me blankly. It did not compute.
Good! I don't understand why it's OK to blast us with mindless TV in gyms, at the dentist, gas stations and work cafeteria. Turn them all off!
Reminds me of Aaron Swartz's I Hate The News:
Honestly, most of the time I tend to agree and can't fathom what reading the news does for me. Small outlets like HN sometimes contain things that affect me directly and I can do something about, but general politics is completely out of my reach, especially politics about a country I'm not a member of.
I sort of chuckle at this, but the truth be told .. I can't even watch the news anymore and I grew up on it.
However, my conservative nature is less about news itself, than the extreme requirements to meet revenue streams of yesteryear by legitimate news organizations (namely the ones that actually HIRE journalists). By contrasting example, my local Buffalo WGRZ news organization works closely with Investigativepost.org and they seem to be very bipartisan by all accounts. Maybe that's just my region of the country demographically speaking ... but I do enjoy the quality of news.
My point is really the de-valuation of industry on the whole because of information availability to the masses and the microphone passing to everyone on the street. As they say, the meek shall inherit the earth and as a technologist ... this is just one of the unintended consequences. I do believe in the sharing of information, ideas, and software (noting opensource seems to have done a great job, and if we could only KEEP Net Neutrality .. we'd be better off to the alternative I think).
It creeps into everyone's space of sanity, and for me ... eating chicken wings and watching the news .. has lead to the same as gym rats lifting then seeing some stuff that makes their blood boil .. you can die from that.
Stay safe my gym rats .. we will both make it through this. :)
I'd prefer if gyms would refrain from playing music as well.
So good. We need more silence and less distraction. It's not like it's a bad thing to have an empty wall here and there.
Can we ban them from doctor's offices and the airports too? Let's go back to reading magazines and books.
I felt like more brain cells died having Fox News shouting at me for two hours at a time while waiting at various doctor's appointments with my mom back in the South than any drinking I've done.
I specifically sought out a gym that doesn't have -any- televisions. We're too connected wherever we go, and a respite is both healthy and enjoyable. I guess some folks aren't content with the nonstop barrage of hyperbole that we're inundated by on a regular basis.
Why don't they just remove the TVs? You can watch TV at home, you don't need to do it at the gym.
I think its a great idea. If you're lifting weights you're probably not watching TV. I get that people on the treadmills probably wanna watch TV. That's cool. There's rows of TVs at my gyms for the rows of cardio machines.
The TV provides something to distract and look at. However, the news is stressful. I was on the treadmill last night and I'm just bombarded with MSNBC, CNN and Fox from all angles and I just could not focus on working out. It was stressful to look at, none of it was anything but politicized garbage. If I could've turned them all to cartoon network I'd have done it.
Put on local news, then put entertainment on the rest. I'm not at the gym to be more immersed in the ever-present war of buzzwords between political parties.
This is good. I never understood why we have news channels wherever we go. Airports, cafeterias, etc. Why not just put on entertainment channels? Most people treat news as entertainment anyway, and the entertainment channels do a better job of it.
Just passed by a TV with CNN running. They were in "Breaking News" mode. The breaking news? Trump is touting his 2017 achievements.
This is breaking news? Doesn't he do something like this every other week or so?
This is great. Staying informed about current events is great, but cable news (a bunch of fearmongering and talking heads yelling at each other) is not the way to do it and being forcefully bombarded with cable news in a public space is definitely not the way to do it.
I really hate the fact that gyms and other spaces like this think it's a good idea to plaster TVs all over the walls and bombard you with video. Why? Who enjoys that?
Talk about noise in the gym, there is one sound that's missing lately.
My gym recently went to these 8-sided, plastic coated weight plates. They're easy to handle, they have holes to put your hand through. But I miss the old 'ching-a-ling' sound of heavy metal when you're putting a heavy load on the bar. Probably a sound that's gone forever.
I like that idea.
Honestly I see so many ipads or tablets on the cardio equipment anyways, I never saw the point of having news at the gym.
I always turn off CNN from my gyms tvs. I call it the Constant Negativity Network. This is not against CNN specific, they're all like that. Workout is supposed to be my safe space to build myself up, destress, work out _my_ kinks. With the news on it distracts and detracts from those aims.
Unlike the Gold's Gyms in the area (same ownership) the "discount" gym I go to now gets all the sports channels. So, if I want to catch a game, I can do cardio at the same time.
Otherwise, the most requested channel? HGTV!
I'm going to forward this article to my gym. Cable news really isn't news anyways. CNN is entertainment masquerading as news, and Fox is just a 24-7 confirmation bias funnel for conservatives.
Great idea! I agree it's a good holistic-health measure.
Fuck the gym, workout at home
Why does HN allow nytimes articles? They are always paywalled and I'll bet most people don't even read them.