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Eco-Gyms: Workouts Feed the Grid

Oct 31, 2012 12:14PM

A new crop of environmentally conscious gyms and fitness centers are adopting practices to save energy by adding electricity-generating workout equipment and using other strategies to reduce environmental impacts. It’s known as the green gym movement, which continues to grow and innovate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that members of AC4 Fitness, in Goleta, California, generate power and feed it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. They also bring their own refillable bottles and have access to a hydration station that provides free water, filtered by reverse osmosis. Patrons can store their belongings in lockers made from recycled plastic. The Greenasium Fitness Studio, in Encinitas, California, sports floors covered with mats made from recycled tires, and their dumbbells are used and refurbished.

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