I’ve been on a biking kick for a while, ever since i signed up for my first triathlon a few years ago. Now that I’m getting married next Spring, it’s even more incentive to stay fit and keep exercising.
This winter, though, was brutal – especially for an outdoor athlete. To take the place of outdoor biking, I began taking Spinning classes at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where I live and work. (As a freelance writer, I got to cover them for Time Out New York, as well!)
One of the coolest classes I’ve taken so far is at the New York Sports Club in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood. The gym is part of a pilot program that uses technology called Green Revolution, which turns Spinner bikes into power generators.
As you pedal, you can see how many watts you’re generating. Crank up the resistance, and your wattage shoots up, too. Not only is it a cool way to produce green electricity, but it’s also really great incentive to try to work harder each class to beat your previous numbers.
The electricity generated goes back into the gym’s power grid; Green Revolution says that over the course of a month, this one room of Spinner bikes generates about 300 kilowatts – enough to light a typical home for half a year. (Here’s a video of some local news coverage from last year.)
We’ve talked about electricity-generating gym equipment here before, as a green trend that’s poised to go viral – and it seems that’s exactly what Green Revolution is doing. The technology is currently in about 80 fitness clubs around the country. You can find out more, or sign up to be alerted when it becomes available near you, at egreenrevolution.com.
[Photo: Green Revolution]