I am a huge fitness buff and when I’m not running outdoors, I enjoy the treadmill and indoor bicycle trainer. Regular gyms require a lot of electricity and other energy to operate. But at a new San Diego gym – Greenasium – patrons can both burn calories and power the gym. There are 3 specialized spinning bikes that literally help you generate renewable electricity while you work out.
Greenasium’s co-owner, Bryon Spatt, stated:
“The bike’s are retrofitted by a company up in Seattle that we work with called Resource Fitness. As the bike (spins), the wheel creates DC power, converts it to AC power, which is plugged back into the wall, which puts energy back into the grid.”
The Greenasium opened last Wednesday in San Diego has three specialty spin bikes that generate electricity and feed it back into the grid, helping provide power to the gym and other electricity customers. The owners claim that its the first human-powered fitness studio in San Diego. Resource Fitness from Seattle have helped to retrofit the exercise bicycles.
This fall, the gym’s owners will add elliptical bikes to further help offset the carbon footprint. The overall goal of Greenasium is to produce enough renewable energy to offset the gym’s needs 100%.
Beyond generating human-powered renewable energy, Greenasium has reduced its carbon footprint in other ways. Its rubber flooring is made of recycled tires, and the equipment has been refurbished to a near-new state. It also has low-flow showers, dual flush toilets, filtered tap water and a no- to low-plastics policy : when you come to workout, be sure to bring your own re-usable bottle for water.
Plastic bottled water is not allowed at the Greenasium.