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Gym fuelled by human movement
30 November 2018 @ 19:10

A GYM which converts human movement into energy to power machines has opened in a Greater Madrid region town.

Mónica and Juan Ignacio are the brains behind the project Movewatts, along with a team of 11, who opened the gym in Alcobendas, say the treadmills, exercise bikes and spinning apparatus produce power when they are used, effectively fuelling themselves.

The gym is designed to be used even by people of reduced mobility and has physiotherapy rooms, psycho-motor rehabilitation unit, nutrition and dietician consultation areas, offering all-round fitness and care for all the family.

José Ignacio, a physiotherapist, says the energy produced by the gym machinery is re-used, but is not quite enough to fuel the entire building and all its functions – and 'storing' energy generated by people exercising in order to avoid buying power from outside is illegal – but the system dramatically cuts down the amount of traditional power needed to operate the business.

But those who create this energy can 'store' points from how much they generate, and receive discounts on gym services or on their monthly subscription fees.

As society is becoming more aware of the need to protect the future of the planet and the importance of non-polluting energy sources, this provides the perfect incentive for those who would otherwise fail to see through a personal commitment to go to a gym regularly.



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