The Greenasium: San Diego’s First Sustainable Gym
Treadmills, elliptical machines, and stairmasters take a lot of electricity to run. This makes Gyms or fitness studios mass consumers of electric power. However, one San Diego gym, The Greenasium, has taken some initiative reverse this trend decreasing if not eliminating their carbon footprint.
How is The Greenasium able to do this? By equipping stationary bikes and elliptical trainers with generators that produce electricity. The visCycle produced by Resource Fitness creates enough energy to power the fans that are used to keep the building cool. The more patrons using the visCycle the more electricity produced.
The Greenasium is able to power the lights, computers, and sound system with electricity generated by pedal power. Besides the ‘green’ cardio equipment, the gym offers a variety of classes including pool workouts, yoga sessions and one on one training programs.
Other sustainable steps taken by the Greenasium include limiting the use of electric lighting, using sustainable building materials (such as recycled tires for the gym floor) and using refurbished and reused equipment whenever possible. The Greenasium staff even encourages its members to participate in local park and beach clean-ups.
This environmentally balanced gym is a working model for how larger corporate chains can decrease their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.