Portland Gym Converts Energy Of Pedal Bikes To Electricity
The world’s finally come full circle for members of a new gym in Portland which is converting the pedal power of its bikes into real energy.
The gym, opening September 1, takes human powered energy from its fitness bikes and stores it in a batterGreen Microgymhttp://thegreenmicrogym.com/index.php?itemid=39y which runs some of its other equipment. The 2,800 square foot gym, called is owned by Adam Boesel, a former grade teacher. He was interviewed by the Seattle Times and told them its the first human-powered gym in the US.
The gym's equipment is geared up to the gym’s mains includes fitness
bikes, treadmills, and elliptical trainers. At the moment, the
treadmills are 30% powered by the energy generated by humans. Boesel
hopes to run his entire operations on energy generated through human
activity. Four spin bikes (which do not require electrity) generate 200
to 600 watts of energy an hour, depending on how fanatic the person
using it is.
The gym also has solar-panel awnings, energy-efficient ceiling fans and a yoga room with a cork floor. Oh, and there are no showers.
though the Green Microgym is the first of its kind in the US, a similar
gym is already up and running in Hong Kong. Called the California
Fitness gym, exercising people power the lighting system as well as the
gym’s batteries, according to the Seattle Times.
And in London, nightspot Club Surya is even more exotic; a dance floor converts movement directly into energy!
Boesel is available for one-on-one consultation to other gym owners who wish to make their gyms green. As energy prices soar it makes sense to do some exercise that results in more than burning off calories. Creating energy whilst losing calories is certainly the closest human beings get to becoming carbon negative.