Today's Groupon gives eco-conscious exercisers a way to melt off the pounds without melting the polar ice caps: for $29, you get a one-month membership and one free personal training session at The Green Microgym (new members only). Since owner Adam Boesel is waiving the $100 enrollment fee, dropping $10 from the normal $39 monthly rate, and throwing in a $60 session with Green Microgym's two personal trainers, today's deal has a $199 value.
The Green Microgym is the first sustainable 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 16 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 wasn'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, multi-functional 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.
The Green Microgym has generated a lot of press:
- It's going to take a lot of effort to break our addiction to fossil fuels, and every little bit will help (particularly if the idea catches on across more gyms). So start working up that sweat! – Brian Clark Howard, The Daily Green
- Already abandoned that New Year's resolution to lose a little flab? Recent innovations could inspire an exercise kick with the prospect of human-generated renewable energy. Case in point is the Green Microgym in Portland, Ore., where users can generate electricity as they burn calories on some of the exercise machines. – Michael Schirber, LiveScience
- Not only is it “green” with low-flow/dual-flush toilets, solar panels, low energy equipment and cork flooring – you can actually help produce energy while working out! For every hour of energy you produce you get a dollar – once you earn $10 you receive $10 off your membership fee or a $10 gift certificate from one of many neighboring businesses. How cool is that! It's not overly crowded, it's not a meat market, it's a place for regular people to get fit. – Info, Google
- I hadn't belonged to a gym since I moved to Portland because I was turned off by the big-box feel of the chain workout facilities... I feel a personal connection with the gym because the owners are always around, willing to show you how to use equipment you are unfamiliar with or how to get the most out of your workout. They live right in the neighborhood and so belonging to this gym also helps me with my personal commitment to "buy local". – Bethany, Google
Running for Power
If you invest in your own electricity-generating treadmill, here’s how far you need to run to generate enough juice for some popular activities:
- 1 Mile: Power a light bulb in your nephew’s room just long enough for him to finally show you some gratitude for making him beef ravioli.
- 5 Miles: Power a TV long enough for you to become outraged at the lack of shows featuring sassy older women living in an apartment together.
- 50 Miles: Lightning experiment.
- 100 Miles: Power your computer long enough to “check out this MySpace everyone is talking about.”
- 1,000 Miles: Power Cupid’s A.R.R.O.W., your experimental falling-in-love ray. No amount of running can change what you did to Denise.
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