G-Rated Gym

January 18, 2008 4:59:51 AM PST
Some college students in this particularly conservative area of Utah don't want to feel like they need a cold shower after their workout.

They are asking a gym that carries its own programming to get rid of video and music they believe is too sexually graphic.

Five student organizations from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College submitted a petition and voiced concerns to Kirk Livingstone, a Gold's Gym official, in a meeting Wednesday.

Gold's network shows nationally throughout the chain. But what is acceptable in some markets doesn't necessarily fly in heavily Mormon Utah County, home of the church-owned BYU.

"I could read you some of the lyrics from these ideos, but it would be too embarrassing for both of us," said Jesse Yaffe, a spokesman for the groups.

The groups want the gyms to keep R-rated movies off the TVs, play less explicit music and install blinds on aerobic-room windows to block views of dancing that some feel is too provocative.

Livingstone ruled out the request to install blinds but said he would look into ways to change the programming.

"We're committed to doing what's right for the community and our members," Livingstone said.