Using human energy to get a work out AND see beautiful scenery at the same time? Sounds pretty incredible to me!
Italian architect firm Carlo Ratti Associati came up with a genius method to inspire folks to exercise more. They designed a a floating gym powered by human energy that goes down the Seine River in Paris.
The boat is 20 meters long, or 65 feet if you haven’t converted to metric, and can hold up to 45 people. Carlo Ratti, founding partner of the Italian firm said, “The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power. It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of ‘electric power’.”
The transparent bubbled glass creation was designed after the beloved Bateaux Mouches ferry boats that have been carrying tourists up and down the river since the start of the 20th century.
The floating gym is still in development, but the designers believe it may be completed by 2018.
How does the Paris Navigating Gym operate? It works by converting the pedal power of its passengers into utility grade electricity. And just in case there aren’t enough passengers on-board to make the ship move, it can also use renewable energy sources, like the photovoltaic solar cells on its roof.
I guess this is one more reason to travel, and one more reason to work out. Would you love to try this?
Written by Raven Fon
Images via Carlo Ratti Associati