There is so much wasted energy lost in gyms. Let's hook up electric generators to the stationary bikes and step machines. Then people could not only lose weight, but also create energy. It wouldn't be much energy, but if there were enough people attending it could at least cover the energy needs of running the gym itself, amirite? (+1,593)
says StickCaveman on Mar 1st 11 (#536285)
Think about what you're suggesting:
1. Grow food using fossil fuels.
2. Have people eat enough of this food that they have energy to go to the gym.
3. Convert energy used in exercise into electrical energy.
It makes more sense to just have people eat less food and convert the fossil fuels directly into electricity.
says Anonymous on Mar 1st 11 (#1076145)
People aren't going to eat less food though. I'm thinking in small scale terms from the point of view of a fitness center owner. The amount of electrical energy you could get from a generator attached to an exercise bike is very small, but with enough bikes and enough people, this could possibly power the whole fitness center.
says StickCaveman on Mar 1st 11 (#1076301)
you forgot to mention the benefit of the people staying fit WHILE enjoying the food? What you described was lack of food AND less fit.
says thatguys on Mar 18th 11 (#1112301)
Convince the agriculture industry to lose all their money and the modern western world to go on a diet in order to raise energy efficiency by .5%, and you just might be on to something
says polarthebear on Apr 15th 11 (#1170078)
People could get paid to workout should they produce enough electricity, like people running 8 miles 5 days a week? You keep saying that it would be miniscule, but I think you're underestimating how much 40 miles weekly on the circumfrince of a turbine with like 100 people doing this could produce, and this just being running...
says thatguys on Mar 18th 11 (#1112305)
They could get the gym membership for free or something
says Anthony on Apr 13th 11 (#1167240)
How would the gym make any money, wouldn't they just be breaking even? or are you saying only certain people who work out enough get it free?
says 528491 on Apr 13th 11 (#1167606)
That's a good point... they should get like an 80% discount instead.
says LittleRed on Apr 13th 11 (#1167643)
Yeah I meant people who use it enough would get it free.
It could be a system where you get x amount off your next months payment based on the amount of electricity produced.
says Anthony on Apr 13th 11 (#1167810)
Ahh that makes more sense
says 528491 on Apr 13th 11 (#1167823)
Very impressive. I like.
says HopeImrite on Apr 15th 11 (#1170301)
I'm a total dork and just did the math. In the scenario above, with 4000 miles weekly, that could produce the same power of a 2 foot diameter turbine spinning at 1000 rpm constantly for a week!
says thatguys on Mar 18th 11 (#1112309)
How much electricity is that?
says Anthony on Apr 13th 11 (#1167239)
It would depend on the generator/alternator used to create the electricity.
says Chips on Apr 13th 11 (#1167655)
says 528491 on Apr 13th 11 (#1167610)
I think they should do this in prisons with individual giant hamster wheels connected to generators..
says lana_banana_nana on Apr 13th 11 (#1167565)
That's an idea!
says StickCaveman on Apr 13th 11 (#1167594)
I think so :) it would give inmates something constructive to do, whilst providing enough energy maybe for prisons to even become self-sufficient!
says lana_banana_nana on Apr 15th 11 (#1170166)
That's a frickin brilliant idea! Someone please pitch that idea to Congress!
says Mr_Superfluous on Apr 15th 11 (#1170294)
This is a brilliant idea overall!
says Chips on Apr 13th 11 (#1167647)
Update: They already have these types of gyms. There's one in Portland, Oregon, and several in California.
says StickCaveman on Apr 13th 11 (#1167662)
The gym I go to has cardio machines that power themselves if used at a certain level, and once you pass that level it saves it in a battery for when people are going slower.
says Sqwancho on Apr 14th 11 (#1169395)
In my gym, there's a device stuck on the bicycles in which you plug your earphones to hear the audio of the televisions. You power you own device, so if you stop pedalling, the audio goes out. This both encourages people to actually excercise and not go to watch T.V. plus, you save energy.
says BobWilson on Apr 13th 11 (#1167675)
My gym has that! Except, it's for the radio. If you stop doing your work out, it stops the music. It's annoying to keep doing but it makes me keep going.
says homosexualpumpkins on Apr 15th 11 (#1170400)
says TalkingRice on Apr 15th 11 (#1170914)
I suspect if that were actually cost efficient, gyms would do it.
says pantherfanatic on Apr 13th 11 (#1167695)
Or how about we run up and down the stairs...
says Mtrenchie on Apr 13th 11 (#1167729)
I think you're missing the point.
says StickCaveman on Apr 13th 11 (#1167848)
Forgot about the creating energy part. But there are a lot of ways to exercise without needing expensive equipment.
says Mtrenchie on Apr 13th 11 (#1167886)
This is brilliant!
Or, if they had some for desk jobs/at home.
People could just bike while they type or something. Eventually, people just do it subconsciously and, in time, it'll pay for itself and more.
says Katffro on Apr 13th 11 (#1167989)
I have a good idea. We have people wear their wooliest clothes, then have them roll down a carpeted slope. The people could discharge the static electricity generated into a battery of sorts. Fun, and crazy!
says Shadi on Apr 15th 11 (#1170063)
or... they could just bring back Seinfeld and Friends and use the POWER OF LAUGHTER... just... just saying.
says Lighten_Up on Apr 15th 11 (#1170073)
Lol, that made me think of the ending of Monsters Inc.
says wittynamehere on Apr 15th 11 (#1170538)
Just a question, wouldn't that be extremely expensive and cost more money than it saves?
says MasonLN on Apr 15th 11 (#1170084)
In the long run it would pay for itself. Like solar panels... they're expensive right now, but over time, they will pay for themselves because you will cut back on your energy bills.
says StickCaveman on Apr 15th 11 (#1170099)
Also, some companies buy the extra electricity.
My mom said she'd buy solar panels but they don't buy electricity back where I live so it'd take a looong time for them to pay for themselves.
says Katffro on Apr 15th 11 (#1170140)
I've always thought the smoke coming out of factories could spin turbines...but we have the same problem; even in the long run, it would be fiscally inefficient.
Industries like that wouldn't spend 5 cents to stop global warming if given the choice. It's pathetic.
says polarthebear on Apr 15th 11 (#1170086)
Maybe, except that global warming doesn't exist, dickbitch.
says Liberalsdontlisten on Apr 15th 11 (#1170089)
Yup. Global warming doesn't exist, but the term "dickbitch" does
says polarthebear on Apr 15th 11 (#1170092)
But you can't deny that big industries don't care about their ecological footprint
says Stwentytwo on Apr 15th 11 (#1170101)
Nope, it doesn't. But global climate change does! Now, how much is actually because of people is debatable (and I personally think people think more highly of what we're capable of).
says twisted_memories on Apr 15th 11 (#1170551)
Some factories do use the smoke to spin turbines, they just reuse the extra energy themselves and create more smoke.
says _hannah on Apr 15th 11 (#1170191)
I love your idea!
says Poopie on Apr 15th 11 (#1171993)
Ha, my physics teacher was talking about powering his TV and washing macine with his exercise bike today, while we were studying the purpose of magnets in electric motors. Apparently, he bought an old, used exercise bike for that very purpose.
says isomorphic on Apr 15th 11 (#1170090)
And then when it is New Years, there will be enough energy to power the city of New York but then after 2 weeks, theres gonna be a black out.
says Your_Stalker on Apr 15th 11 (#1170095)
Wrong. The energy made up event was made by propaganda the gyms wouldn't even let that happen. All that would do is the obese people would burn of calories but electricity is electrons not calories so you are wrong.
says burnagaininja on Apr 15th 11 (#1170132)
Are you daft, sir?
says theinfinitecoder on Apr 15th 11 (#1170237)
says Julian on Apr 15th 11 (#1170263)
I think you are half way through middle school science and you do not think you understand how a generator works
says MasonLN on Apr 15th 11 (#1170486)
...That makes absolutely no sense.
I don't know precisely how it all works, but my understanding is this: Energy can be converted into other forms of energy.
Moving, like cycling a bike, makes kinetic energy. That can be converted into electricity (somehow, I'm not sure exactly how), because electricity is also energy. So you'd just be turning one form of energy into another, which happens all the time. One example of that is if you rub your hands together (that's movement, kinetic energy) they get warm (heat energy).
I don't know if all that is precisely right, but I'd say I'm much less far off than you... :P
says Rainbow35 on Apr 16th 11 (#1172208)
Well clearyl you DONT know how it all works because that is wrong.
says burnagaininja on Apr 16th 11 (#1173807)
Okay, where's your proof that your version is correct?
says Rainbow35 on Apr 17th 11 (#1174330)
To quote from that, "Any form of energy may be transformed into another form."
That says that turbines can be used to create electricity, which means that kinetic energy *can* be converted to electric energy, and that the post is correct. ('Cause turbines spin, and so you could make a small one using exercise bikes)
So yeah, there's *my* sources. :P
says Rainbow35 on Apr 17th 11 (#1174341)
That's a GREAT idea!
says Mr_Superfluous on Apr 15th 11 (#1170296)
I'll volunteer. I need to get in better shape to chase down those StaminUp-addicted bastards that run around with Tank.
says The_Zombies on Apr 15th 11 (#1170370)
All you got to do is watch the DirecTV commercials. Where the guy is lifting weights and the rich guy is getting all the benefits. Simple as that.
says A_Rock on Apr 15th 11 (#1170422)
Watching get-rich-quick schemes has nothing to do with this post.
says OnePiecepkmn on Jul 24th 12 (#1768892)
I just love people's nicknames on this website. Haha
says DerpyHooves on Apr 15th 11 (#1170576)
I've been wanting to change mine, but everybody already knows me as NotSoDangerous.
says StickCaveman on Apr 15th 11 (#1170750)
You should have a pedophile picture because of how awesome your name is
says TalkingRice on Apr 15th 11 (#1170921)
There are obviously some issues with this type of technology, however. Someone could easily use this for evil. They'd have their fry cook round up and capture every last jellyfish in some fields, kill them through a cruel and gruesome process, and then literally squeeze the jelly out of 'em, with this all being powered by a cheap crustacean riding a bike. Very complex yet possible.
Y'know, just a thought.
says FreeMustacheRides on Apr 15th 11 (#1170596)
You know, I've thought this for years, lol.
says Maximumnerd on Apr 15th 11 (#1170757)
It amazes me how many ways we can save our planet, we just need the drive to do it.
says Maca on Apr 15th 11 (#1170821)
"...of running the gym..." Dude, if that pun was intended, nice
says theplaymaker on Apr 15th 11 (#1170886)
I like the post except for one thing: "create energy"
says Anonymous on Apr 15th 11 (#1170889)
- Law of conservation of energy
says Anonymous on Apr 15th 11 (#1170905)
How else would you describe it, though? :/ "Create electricity"? "Convert energy"?
says Rainbow35 on Apr 16th 11 (#1172217)
Convert is the best term.
says Neighbor on Sep 19th 11 (#1466639)
The Pohl Rec Center at The Univeristy of North Texas uses exactly what you described. It's really cool. When I work out, I create energy:)
says hair_bow on Apr 15th 11 (#1170895)
The university of central florida has this in the gym, it's pretty cool
says Anonymous on Apr 15th 11 (#1170908)
It's nice to know that this is more common than I thought, but a little disappointing that I didn't patented it when I first thought of it.
says StickCaveman on Apr 15th 11 (#1170910)
Talking about your follow-up. look up nano generators.
says Controversial on Apr 15th 11 (#1171316)
Unless of course you could care less about "going green" and shit like that. I could care less about saving energy and all that retarded stuff.
says XxJIGGStheNINJAxX on Apr 15th 11 (#1171381)
I would do it to save money. Like you, I don't care that much about the environment.
says StickCaveman on Apr 18th 11 (#1176205)
Good to know I'm not the only one.
says XxJIGGStheNINJAxX on Apr 18th 11 (#1176391)
You have got to be kidding about hiring people to exercise to generate electricity. You'd be able to get higher efficiency from the direct burning of food
says Anonymous on Apr 15th 11 (#1171393)
This post has inspired me :)
says Poopie on Apr 15th 11 (#1171402)
You could totally write an amazing essay for college applications or something on this...I wish I thought of it now :P
says open_mind_open_soul on Apr 15th 11 (#1171436)
I may just do that. I have to write a ten page argument for my English class.
says StickCaveman on Apr 18th 11 (#1176197)
I'm sure there are a lot of sides to this (I'm not really reading all the comments) and maybe I'm just dumb, but you're kinda really smart!
says nobody347 on Apr 15th 11 (#1171498)
I wonder what idiots voted this post down.
says Poopie on Apr 15th 11 (#1171992)
People who don't want to multitask.
says StickCaveman on Apr 16th 11 (#1172082)
Law of conservation of energy ftw!
says OFrabjousDay on Apr 20th 11 (#1181880)
I love this idea.
says Vrendowl on Jun 13th 18 (#2778180)