US President-elect Barack Obama has reportedly been skipping church services.

According to media reports, Obama has been spending his free time working out at a Chicago gym.

Obama's media managers have put out a reason for his skipping church. He is not attending church because his family members are concerned that their large entourage could affect other parishioners.

“Because they have a great deal of respect for places of worship, they do not want to draw unwelcome or inappropriate attention to a church not used to the attention their attendance would draw,” Politico. com quoted the source as saying.

Both George W Bush and Bill Clinton had managed to attend church in the weeks after they were elected presidents.

The Christian Messenger