Utah Students Ask Gold's Gym to Clean Up Programming

Some Utah County college students don't want to feel like they need a cold shower after their workout.

Five student organizations from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College are asking Gold's Gym to get rid of video and music that they feel is too sexually graphic.

The groups submitted a petition and voiced concerns about the programming to Kirk Livingstone, Gold's director of operations, in a two-hour meeting Wednesday.

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 — which some feel is too provocative.

Gold's has its own programming network that is broadcast 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 and very straight-laced BYU.

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

Livingstone ruled out the request to install blinds. He said he would look into ways to change the programming, but did not know what the chances were.

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