An outdoor gym in Hull will convert workouts into electricity.
For those who find going to the gym a waste of time a new outdoor gym, which will convert workouts into electricity, maybe the answer. The gym will give users a real reason to complete their push ups and cycle that extra mile as it will convert their energy into electricity.
The outdoor gym in Hull is the first to generate electricity using the power from users. The gym has been installed by The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO) and while at present the electricity generated is only used to power LED lighting at the site the company is in talks with the National Housing Federation to see if they can install a gym where it could provide electricity for local buildings or even feed in to the national grid.
Gym equipment, which includes exercise bikes and cross trainers, can generate between 50W and 400W of electricity. The creative director of TGO, Georgie Delaney, said the company wants to increase the number of gyms generating electricity. They have plans to install 100 sites each year for the next five years which could mean a source of renewable energy of around 2.5 million people. Not only will they be generating electricity for their community but they’d be getting fit too.
Delaney told Business Green “We would like to have [electricity] generating components in all our gyms, but it’s going to take a little bit of time to get to that point”. She added they hope to start next year.
Is this a sign of things to come? As business electricity prices increase will business owners start installing gyms in the car park and get their staff generating electricity (while getting them fit at the same time)? People power could be the new source of renewable energy!