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Entries in green equipment (4)

Tuesday
Aug012017

EcoGym Galvanizes the Community by ‘Surfing the Wave of Sustainability’

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

The fitness industry is driven by passion. You still need to run a successful business, but fitness professionals pride themselves on a commitment to a larger mission: bringing health and wellness to the world’s population. By offering ways to help prevent chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes, a health club is a private business serving a public good. 

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Tuesday
May022017

How Clean Energy is Revitalizing Health Clubs—and Attracting Millennials 

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

No industry is removed from the zeitgeist. Trends rooted in activism and social consciousness can have far reaching effects on businesses whether they like it or not. Ask a clothier about his fur sales, for instance.

Rarely is there a seamless way to combine a social or political cause with a business plan that doesn’t create divisions. Taking a stand can be exemplary but also exclusionary. Personal beliefs aside, why would a business owner take the chance? 

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Thursday
Oct062016

Going Green Redux: The Rise of Environmentally Friendly Fitness 

“Going green.”

Over the last decade, the phrase has become commonplace in the health and fitness industry. The idea of an “environmentally friendly” business no longer seems novel. In today’s market, where environmental responsibility and sustainability are values that many members want—indeed, expect—their clubs to embrace, many owners and operators have made great strides.

They’ve learned, and continued to learn, along the way.

The lessons, sometimes, have been taught by bumps or outright failures, when lofty green goals have had to be repurposed, or even abandoned. Going green comes at a cost—some of the products and renovations involved aren’t inexpensive. On the other hand, recycling and making use of alternative or updated operating systems can demonstrate immediate, cost-saving benefits.

‘Greening a Gym’

Eight years ago, Adam Boesel decided that it was the right time, and Portland, OR, the right place, to launch his dream business—a truly green gym. And, even though it was his first entrepreneurial venture, he aimed high, envisioning a club where members could generate all of the electricity needed to run the facility simply by working out.

Boesel’s quest began with a simple Google search. He entered the term “green gym,” and found YouTube videos of a facility in Hong Kong that was retrofitting its elliptical machines so that they would generate electricity. “I thought, great, I’ll do that,” he says.

That’s when The Green Microgym was born.

“Back then, everything was experimental,” he continues. “I was retrofitting equipment. I was literally a pioneer.”

Resonating with Environmentally Conscious Consumers

Charting new territory in Portland was successful. Boesel’s environmentally friendly health club was a hit in this savvy market, where residents embrace the idea of sustainability—i.e., supporting long-term ecological balance by not harming the environment or depleting natural resources.

One location led to a second and, then, to a third—a series of fitness-only clubs ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.

That’s not to suggest, however, that running a truly green gym was always easy, or that Boesel’s original goals were achieved. In fact, they weren’t. Early on, he discovered that it wasn’t possible to generate all of the electricity required from member workouts.

In 2014, he sold two of the facilities to focus on his mission: that of “getting green fitness equipment in every facility, and increasing energy understanding and engagement, especially among green developers.” The third club is licensed to a new operator.

Boesel, a recognized industry expert in the field of sustainability, now serves as an authorized dealer for SportsArt, a Taiwanese equipment manufacturer. This IHRSA associate-member company produces a green line of cycles and ellipticals, called ECO-POWR that convert the wattage generated by exercise into AC power. Any excess electricity is fed back into the power grid through the unit’s plug, which is connected to a standard 120 VAC power outlet.

The equipment that Boesel once dreamed about, and had to create for himself, is now a reality at SportsArt.

Continue reading "Going Green Redux" in the October issue of Club Business International.

Wednesday
Aug102016

The Fitness Singularity Is Here—And It’s Awesome

This is a Club Business Exchange featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

We live in an age of anxiety. We worry about the changing global climate, public health, and the speed at which technology is transforming our lives. Sometimes it seems like it’s all going too fast, spinning out of control. 

It’s hard to believe that a single technological development could address both our quest for more renewable energy sources, and better tools to fight obesity and chronic diseases. But SportsArt, a pioneer in green technology, set out to create a line of fitness products that did just that: deliver optimum fitness results without a measurable carbon footprint. They succeeded—and then some—by creating ECO-POWR: a line of health club equipment that harnesses human activity and converts it back to the power grid. 

Rarely has man and machine combined to create such an elegant solution to multiple problems. Think of it as the fitness singularity: where technology combines with human abilities to create a better world. 

Human Energy Meets Human Ingenuity 

Turning human activity into a renewable energy source takes state-of-the-art technology, but to make it practical for a health club setting, SportsArt knew that their ECO-POWR line needed to be as easy to install and manage as traditional equipment. Using micro-inverters, similar to what’s used in solar panels and wind turbines, the stationary bikes and ellipticals don’t have any extra cords or boxes (external power devices)—they simply plug into a wall outlet. 

That’s it. Then the power generated by using the fitness equipment goes right back into the facility’s power grid.

Using humans as a renewable energy source is also good for the bottom line. One workout can produce as many as 160 kilowatts of electricity. That significantly adds up during the course of a day, creating a pleasing complement of benefits: the member’s health improves as the health-club’s energy costs decline—and all for the benefit of the environment. 

Appealing to the Eco-conscious—and Millennials 

SportsArt’s technology edge isn’t isolated to their green outlook. The company has created a revolutionary touchscreen technology called Senza that’s intuitive and versatile. With Senza, exercisers can easily and quickly find their desired workout and entertainment in the intuitive touchscreen controls. With Senza Journeys, you can work out in a number of scenic environments, from the Golden Gate Bridge to nature trails, and Senza is also customizable, so the club owner can personalize it to reflect the culture of his or her gym. 

ECO-POWR can open up a whole new marketplace for health clubs. SportsArt’s powerful green equipment and the Senza experience are uniquely appealing to millennials and other populations who may otherwise not consider joining a gym. In fact, some club owners use the equipment to offer discounts to member who generate the most energy. 

Despite its groundbreaking technology, SportsArt equipment is a money-saver, backed by a best-in-class warranty. To learn more about SportsArt and ECO-POWR, including videos of the equipment in operation, visit us.gosportsart.com.