A Cycling Class That Helps You Power Your Phone!
Well, fitness hubs are going to back to the very basics, and it’s more exciting than you thought possible! You remember a primary school science project, which used a running hamster to light a bulb, or a cycle dynamo to generate the lights at night. Gyms and health clubs have taken the same concept and put it to use in today’s world.
So why should the fitness hubs stay behind? Interesting initiatives are helping to reduce the carbon footprint and conserve energy, while offering a whole load of fun! Yes, it’s easy to burn calories while helping environment with these amazing classes!
Let us have a look at how they are implementing these ideas
Take bikes for instance. Many clubs have indoor cycling. Every cycle has an installed device that generates ‘x’ amount of energy. The bike creates energy when the person is riding. It routes back to the gym’s electricity line. The main line supplies this energy to the consoles which are used to light bulbs amongst other things.
How does this work?
The indoor cycles have generators or dynamos. As you pedal, and the wheel starts moving, it turns a turbine. The turbine creates the electricity and collects at a storage unit at the gym.
How would a rider know how much he has contributed?
Each hour is monitored, and so are the riders who are using these cycles within that hour. Every cycle has a monitor configured to it. This monitor shows how much electricity the cycle produces within the time you have spent on the bike. Apart from this you also have a screen which displays the collective contribution that has been made by the class in that period. In the real-world sense, a class can produce so much electricity that can power more than 60 houses for a month.
How does this help the gym?
Along with bearing the responsibility of caring for the environment through this initiative, gym owners have to account for the return on investment on these bikes. The bikes in question do not come budget friendly and cost in thousands of dollars. The gym infrastructure also changes to accommodate the new system. This requires the gym to invest quite a bit up front. Having said that, the health clubs and gyms that have been using this concept have seen a return in just a quarter of a year that they have been in use. The cycles not only keep the gym facility running but also have leftover energy which returns to the power grids.
What are you waiting for? Get fit and save energy at the same time. If this doesn’t set the motivation, we don’t know what will.