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An Enchanting Experience at the Gym

As Dino visits the gym and notices the members tirelessly working out on the treadmill, cross trainer, and rowing machines, he often wonders if all this energy accumulated could be recycled one way or another. It may not be to power up the building, but at least the water-fountain or the workout machine itself.

Surprisingly, Dino came across an article about the Human-Powered River Gymnasium, which takes this idea of recycling wasted energy to a whole new level.

Quoted from the website – “The River Gym concept is a human-powered floating gym that will provide the user with the one experience that no other gym can provide: floating your workout around Manhattan. Designed by architect Mitchell Joachim and personal trainer Douglas Joachim, this project could bring inspiration to both the morning commute and workout.”

“The River Gyms are, in essence, floating gyms designed to provide health amenities while floating along the Hudson and East rivers. Each gym is programmed with a specific path set on a 15 minute loop moving from one point to the next. This means that each one of these devices can function both as a gym with a view and as a transportation system.”

Check out the image below. It’s quite an interesting concept, but will it actually kick-off?



2 comments:

Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 12:54 AM  

I have to admit that I didn't read the whole thing but onces started thought that would be great to have all the equipment set up to power the electrial cost of having the place open that would save them lots of money!

Trey Baird January 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

Wow. This concept has "hit" written all over it. There is something truly inspiring about the idea of going to work out, and getting a view, knowing that you're powering the trip!

It has an added benefit of creating chunks of time that people are more likely to exercise in.

I love it.

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