As the political and ecological aspects of energy rise in people's consciousness, the search for new and clean ways to generate energy is gaining momentum. A fitness center in Hong Kong has joined the movement with a new idea: the energy generated by the members as they exercise is transformed into electricity to help light the building.
The motto "no pain, no gain" is seemingly out the window at this facility. When club members use certain exercise machines, the energy they generate is turned into stored electricity. To make the fluorescent tubes in the studio's ceiling light up, they have to start pumping.
Do you think this idea will catch on quickly? Would you like to see this in your local fitness club?
Haha...that sure is interesting. I don't see that happening here tho. Remind me of hamsters on wheels to generate power...haha. Thanks for interesting read!
It's an interesting idea and hey why not ya know. I would be curious to hear how much power they generate.
Then, sooner or later, they'll have jobs for that...where you run to produce energy for a company. Ha!
Where do I sign up? Ha. I picture them putting me in a wheel like a gerbil.
Been saying they should do that for years. Why not use the energy created to charge vehicles? Wonder if you could get a government grant to start a gym that only included electrical generating equipment... like the ones you get for starting an ethanol or biodiesel producing plant. If you used some awesome gear ratios, you could generate a lot of power during a spin class or something.
Imagine we go back to the stone age tactics, running around town like fred flinstone, charging our own vehicles! :-p Wiiillmmaa!!
I love the idea. I think more gyms should do that. Bikers are always worried about WATTS anyway, now they can use those WATTS to power something else besides themselves. Reminds me of that Lance Armstrong ESPN commercial where the lights start going out in the ESPN studio and the ESPN guy goes downstairs to the closet to find Lance taking a break on the bike and he asks him," Lance...what's up, you need a powerbar or something? I'm still working here." Great idea I think. Then they could have contest as to who put out the most power over the month to light the building and give away some free stuff from all the money they are saving.
I'm with ACTIVE SARA on that one. Sign me up for a job like that. I always thought work got in the way of my training. Now I could just get paid to train all day and without being an elite athlete.
all while saving the planet!
oh yeah, and there's that whole part of it as well. Good call.
Any links to the article?
I have been saying this for a long time as well. I think it is a great idea and I hope it does come to the USA. I would want a job like that--- running is wonderful and if I could get paid for it while having fun, that would be great.