While feeling the burn during a workout is generally a good sign, feeling the burn while sitting on the sofa means your sofa is in the fireplace. Engage in controlled, constructive body burning with today's Groupon: for $290, new members get a one-year membership (a $580 value) to The Green Microgym on Northeast Alberta Street.
The Green Microgym is the first renewable–energy-generating gym in the United States. The flooring is cork. The wall art is local. The paper is made of recycled materials. The toilets are low-flow and dual-flush. The equipment is low-energy. But the biggest energy savings come from the gym's two cardio rooms. The grid-tied treadmills, ellipticals, and spin bikes actually generate electricity and pump it back into the gym, a perfect energy complement to the solar paneling on the roof. When you run, so does everything else, from the TV to the music to the lights to the ceiling fans.
If being able to literally see the results of your workout weren’t rewarding enough, the gym's Burn and Earn program rewards you with gift certificates for local businesses based on how long you pound the treadmill. Buff fitness buffs can also get all the buffery they'd get at a larger gym by using the Green Microgym's free weights, multifunctional cable machines, and yoga room downstairs, with zero carbon emissions. When the weather's nasty, this is the best way to cut back your carbon footprint without cutting out your fitness regimen.
This Groupon is good for the Alberta location only.
- Most gyms are energy hogs, with sweeping floor space, high heating costs and hot showers always steaming in the locker rooms. Boesel doesn't know how much energy the solar arrays and human-powered equipment will produce, but he expects his fitness center to use about half the energy of most gyms its size by providing as much as 40% of its energy needs. His goal is to have the gym run solely on the energy it generates. – Stuart Glascock,Los Angeles Times
1237 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon 97211Get Directions