Green gym: Paving the way

One question I am asked frequently is: If you were one of the first green gyms in the country, how did you figure out what to do? The answer mostly comes down to trial and error as well as listening to members and watching members. One of the biggest things we did...

Green Microgym: Carbon footprint reduction level

Sometimes people ask me what the Green Microgym’s carbon footprint reduction is compared to other gyms. Per square foot we use about 85% less electricity than traditional gyms with a combination of a lot of things, particularly our energy-saving culture. Members are...

Go green tips for the gym

What are some small things that gyms can do to be more green?   Here are four go green tips for your gym: Get green cleaning products. I like Coastwide Industries products. They clean just as well but are less toxic. Get an energy meter. Have one of your...

SportsArt: Woodinville, WA

I recently visited the SportsArt headquarters in Woodinville, WA. I was pumped to see and use some of the grid-tied electricity-generating exercise equipment they offer. It is very cool because they are the only company manufacturing this kind of equipment. First, I...

Green Hotel Practices: A Step Further

  Green hotel practices are becoming the norm these days. This is great. In fact, I was recently at a hotel in Northwest Washington and had a “Go Green” card on my bed. It explained that in an effort to institute green hotel practices and in the name of...

Movement and Learning

Read and Ride Programs Understand the Connection Between Movement and Learning Science is cool! Science has offered us so many exciting discoveries throughout the history of the world. Some of the latest science shows that movement and learning have a pretty cool...
Generate Electricity in a New Way

Generate Electricity in a New Way

How much is a watt? In grade school we all learned measurements of capacity like how many quarts are in a gallon. In my classroom, we got our empty containers to compare cups and pints and quarts and gallons.  We had visual aids that guide our understanding of the...
New Green Read and Ride program features the Green Microcycle electricity-producing stationary bike

New Green Read and Ride program features the Green Microcycle electricity-producing stationary bike

Remember when reading and getting exercise in school were two very different activities? You did one or the other, and doing them together would have seemed kind of silly. Well, I’m hoping that thinking is now a thing of the past, and you can get it in your school or...

Slowly, but surely. Change is happening.

Dar Williams wrote a great article back in 2010 about energy generating gyms. She lamented how slow progress was in making them mainstream. Back in 2008, she had assumed they were right around the corner. But they still hadn’t really taken off, and her final...

Pedal Desk Test

How long can I last on a bike and do work at the same time? It’s 2:44 PM on a Sunday, and I’m in my garage, testing whether it’s reasonable and feasible to ride a stationary bike and get work done at the same time. Treadmill desks are much talked about and now...
How The Chopper Charger Came To Be

How The Chopper Charger Came To Be

Opportunity Knocks In the Spring of 2014, a green-friendly colleague of mine, Doug Davis, founder of TumblTrak, said he was going to get a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show and asked me if I had any ideas. I told him an electric bike that could easily transition...

FAQs for Students

What are the changes brought by Ecofriendly Gym equipment in comparison to the traditional training equipment? http://www.thegreenmicrogym.com/2015/05/19/why-the-time-has-come-for-green-fitness-equipment/   In terms of: o   Space needed for installation o   Price...

UpCycle Ecocharger Testimonials

Thousands of people from around the world have experienced the UpCycle Ecocharger: Athletes and Fans at The 2015 Pan Am Games set a world record for most people generating electricity in a week, sponsored by Chevrolet. 7/27/2015: Over 10,000 people in 10 days had a...

The History of The UpCycle Ecocharger

The UpCycle Ecocharger DIY kit has been used all over the world to harness human power! This is the story of how it went from a crude prototype… The very first hub motor flywheel bike trainer idea To the best pedal generator kit in the world, helping Chevrolet...