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Treadmulling

I can’t imagine I’m the first person to yammer about this … hell, I may have even brought it up before. Regardless, this post is poorly written and not entertaining. Do not read it.

Why hasn’t someone designed a gym where the energy generated from weight resistance is captured and used to power other stuff? I hit the gym last night and it was packed. Looking out over the crowded facility, at a time when more machines than not are being molested by something sweaty, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer amount of energy being expended. Seems awfully wasteful. And the cardio machines are the worst offenders. Users spend far more calories on a treadmill than they do on some stupid adductor machine, yet the cardio machines have to be powered by electricity. I imagine the motors required to power the belt and incline controls draw quite a bit of energy, and my gym has no less than four or five million treadmills. Powering the treadmill so that the user has to spend calories to keep up seems woefully counter-intuitive and wasteful. Why not design it so the user powers the treadmill and the treadmill captures the extra energy? Even better, imagine if you had your own personal battery pack that plugged into each machine. You could carry it from machine to machine, gradually charging it at each machine along the way, and then you could take it home and power stuff around your house! The more you work out, the more you save on your power bill. Obviously, equipment design, with regards to overall usability, would be arguably more important than how well the power-generation systems work, but don’t think engineers would have any problem at all finding people to test the equipment if the testers got the equivalent of a free gym membership in return.

The real issue here is that I need to quit going to the gym like a douchebag and start sprinting naked through the forest after chopping wood a few times a week.

  1. I read an article recently (can’t for the life of me find the link to share) but it had to do with research taking place to accomplish just what you’re describing. It’s probably not too far in the future, and makes a hell of a lot of sense.

  2. I bought me one of them fancy shirts y’all got there. It’s cool. ‘specially with that frankfurter Bush using the google on the internets.

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