Gyms are the perfect example of wastefulness. Lights are kept on about 18 hours per day. Most exercise machines, TVs, fans, and stereos are left on whether being used or not. The usual treadmill takes up around 1500 watts — the equivalent of 15 glowing light bulbs! Stationary bikes use a mere 10% of their energy to run the machine and rest is dissipated as heat. At the point when individuals run, bicycle or elliptical to burn their own energy, they require inconceivable extra energy input to work the machines. So much energy going to waste!
That’s the reason why green gyms are starting to set up all over the place. The main feature of these gyms is the power generating exercise equipment (or more precisely eco-powered gym equipment) that harnesses human energy to produce, rather than consume, electricity. These machines contain generators which are worked by the movement of the pedals or treadmill. The energy the generators create is stored in batteries, which can be stored up to converters or directly to the power grid to power various features of the gym.
One of the best examples of gyms using Eco-powered equipment is Hong Kong’s California Fitness gym. This was the first sustainable gym with the idea to power the gym’s lighting using only the human power of exercise. Inspired by the Hong Kong gym, The Green gym in Portland, decided to become the first human-powered gym in the US.
SportsArt offers a concise description of its culture:
The most unique thing about our eco-powered equipment is that the actual energy of the users helps power the gym. It makes pretty good sense. You don’t need energy-draining machines to get a good workout. We are machines. You power your workout. The energy one member spends powers the ceiling fan for the next three hours. Another member is doing its part to keep the lights on. Every workout on the elliptical is converting pure electricity back to the grid. Here, calories are converted into precious watts. “You power your own gym!”
For some gyms, Eco-powered equipment is a way to save on their electricity bill. For others, it’s a way to attract eco-minded customers. For customers and individuals, it’s a way to get fit while simultaneously doing something good for the environment. Regardless of the reasons, hopefully, we’ll soon be seeing many more green gyms opening in cities and towns across the country which use various Eco-powered gym equipment!