As we’ve seen in some of our previous updates, people are very creative when it comes to new and green ways to generate electricity. With such a wide variety of methods available, it’s great to focus on the methods that are ready for implementation. This is especially the case when the potential is as large as it is with The Green Microgym. This Portland based gym has taken their gym equipment and turned them into generators. This is a human powered gym built for the eco-friendly individual.
There are an estimated 30,000 + health clubs and fitness centers in the United States today. In addition to these there are countless home gyms and fitness centers on High School and College Campuses. The impact that wide distribution and integration could have is huge. Imagine a gym that had rows of these machines alongside traditional machines. Would you be willing to work out at home more often if you knew that it could take a chunk off of your monthly electric bill, or at least charged your mobile devices while you worked out?
According to The Green Microgym’s website:
In 2010, through our energy creation and saving culture, we generated 36% of our own electricity (combining human and solar power), and we saved 37,000 Kilowatt hours or 85% (compared to traditional gyms per square foot). Those 37,000 Kilowatt hours saved are equal to: 74,000 pounds of carbon emissions, 81,400 miles not driven, and 15 acres of trees planted
A self-sustaining workout environment that could help to reduce strain from the power grid and help people get and stay in shape. Who else wants to see an eco-friendly gym like this in their neighborhood?