Who’s on the Eco-Fitness Equipment Bandwagon?

The UpCycle Eco-Charger (and some of our older equipment) can make a difference in a lot of places.  Check out some of the people and places we’ve worked with so far:

Amateur Competitive Cyclists

“I am an active duty  military member who has received multiple concussions in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have used cycling for the last few years as part of my recovery. Now I save $30 in training tires plus $30 in electric bills each month. The UpCycle Eco-Charger is quieter than an air trainer or a fluid trainer. I look forward everyday to putting power back into the grid and I feel like I am still useful and can give back in my little way.”  - Will Fetters

Eco-Friendly Businesses

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Breweries

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Leading Sustainable Universities and High Schools

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Individuals just like you all over the world

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The Bicycle Generator That Pays For Itself (in as little as 21 months without even using it very much)

When I say the UpCycle Eco-Charger is the only bicycle generator that pays for itself, I am completely aware it sounds like an exaggeration. I also know it’s true.

The UpCycle Eco-Charger is by far the most powerful and efficient bicycle generator ever made.

It’s also the most stable, most reliable, and most likely to be used consistently because its 30 pound flywheel creates a smooth, realistic feeling ride. But that’s not why it will pay for itself in as little as 21 months, much more quickly than solar panels on your house (which I wholeheartedly endorse getting).

No human could ever generate enough electricity on a bike or any other machine to make up for the cost of the generator, let alone all the other components, R&D, and effort required to put it all together.

This excellent and well-researched article pretty much makes it clear – the physics just don’t exist for it to happen.  No wonder we rely on coal, hydro, nuclear, etc.  It takes massive amounts of energy to power our way of life in the Western World.

So how in the world is it possible that the UpCycle Eco-Charger could pay for itself? Two big reasons:

Important note: It’s not because you will generate $30 in electricity a month, or even a year.

First, you’ll save $30 a month on “indoor training” tires if you’re riding a traditional bike trainer or less efficient pedal generator with any type of consistency.  $30X21 months = $630 – you’re halfway there.  Will Fetters, an UpCycle Eco-Charger user and amateur competitive cyclist told me this.  It makes sense – rubber tires rubbing against a metal roller will wear out pretty quickly.  The UpCycle Eco-Charger’s hub generator eliminates the need for training tires reducing friction, inefficiencies, and noise.

Second, it will save you $30 a month in electricity costs, by helping you understand what it really takes to power your world. (Important note: It’s NOT because you will generate $30 in electricity a month, or even a year.) Just knowing what it feels like to generate 50 to 200 watts with your legs will make you keenly aware of opportunities and the necessity to conserve energy in your home. You’ll start to make small changes in the way you do things, even if you only ride the Eco-Charger a few times and just keep it for an emergency like a prolonged power outage. These changes could easily add up to a 30% savings for the average US home.  I have experienced this for myself, and have seen it happening over and over at The Green Microgym. For example, the Green Microgyms save 85% compared to traditionally run gyms, and almost all of that savings is because we let our members turn the lights, fans, and tv’s on and off at their discretion.  If we can save 85%, you can easily save 30%.  That’s another $630 for 21 months.

$630 X 2 = $1260. And that’s not taking into account the massive savings you’ll realize by exercising.

So there you have it. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen.  The UpCycle Eco-Charger will pay for itself.

An unexpected achievement

Wow!  What a cool honor!

I just wanted to thank you for supporting The Green Microgym.  Whether you have ever purchased anything from us or not, you have helped keep us going all these years.

 

It hasn’t always been an easy ride, and it’s just a book, but it’s gratifying to be recognized for the hard work put in by everyone associated with The Green Microgym.

 

Great Work, by David Sturt, includes my story.  It’s pretty amazing to know that people like Larry King and Steven Covey might have at least skimmed through the part about The Green Microgym (they wrote brief reviews of the book).

 

Check out the book – it might inspire you:

ALSO!

 

I’m in need of your ideas and advice.  As you probably know, I’m now mostly out of the day-to-day operations of The Green Microgym, and looking to broaden the scope of The Green Microgym with the limited time I have available as a stay-at-home dad.

 

If you can think of anything, please let me know.  My main goals this year are to get the UpCycle Eco-Charger in as many places as possible (not gyms – more like homes and businesses), and to work to further establish myself as an expert in the field of Eco-Fitness.

 

Again, thanks so much for your support all these years.

 

Adam

 

It’s Not About Fitness Models, It’s About Role Models

TWO MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Free Enrollment:

  • $45 Individual Monthly Membership
  • $78 Couples Monthly Membership

Or Save Money on Your Monthly Membership and Kickstart It With Training:

  • $100 (individual) or $150 (couples) Enrollment Fee
  • $40 Individual Monthly Membership (save $5 a month)
  • $70 Couples Monthly Membership (save $8 a month)

Apply your $100 or $150 enrollment fee toward Personal Training, Small Group Personal Training, or Trainer Assisted Independent Workout Programs

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We’re all about Sustainability at The Green Microgym.  Sustainability for you, and sustainability for us.

For you, we want you to successfully achieve the vision you have when you join a gym.  If you succeed, so do we.  But the harsh reality is that 80% of the people who join a gym quit or stop coming regularly within 3 months.  We don’t want that, and neither do you.

That’s why we give you $100 or $150 toward personal training, small group, or trainer assisted independent workouts with your enrollment, because we know that 90% of people who are successful at the gym have worked with a trainer.

Sustainability for us means we have happy, committed, consistent, long term members and training clients.  We are committed to paying a competitive wage to our employees, keeping the facilities up to date and clean, and continually innovating and experimenting with new ideas, programs, and technology.

We feel it’s our job to continually encourage you to try out new things, work with our Eco Fitness Personal Trainers to achieve your goals and aspirations, and be one of the 1% of gym members who are really happy about how they look and feel!

We know this will happen if you feel like we are genuinely trying our best to get to know you, so we can help you, while also making sure that we are running a successful, profitable, and sustainable business.

It’s Not About Fitness Models, It’s About Role Models.  Everything we do, from our electricity generating exercise equipment, to our energy saving culture, to our Eco-Fitness Personal Training, to our Supportland supported workout rewards has been carefully designed to make your world, and ours, a better place.

One of the main complaints we hear about gyms is that you feel like we are always trying to sell you something you don’t want. Will we try to sell you on our products and services?  Absolutely we will. We have to in order to succeed.  But we will strive to do this in a way that makes you feel like we’re offering you options that will truly help you achieve your goals.  We know this is the best way to do business.

See you soon!

DIY Off the Grid with the UpCycle Eco-Charger

UPDATE: Here’s a video that shows our off-grid system in action WITHOUT the $170 ultracapacitor.  I think the ultracapacitor would make it a bit easier and smoother, but isn’t completely necessary.

You would think that charging up batteries with the UpCycle Eco-Charger would be the best way to be off grid.  Turns out there’s a better, much more efficient and reliable way.

For 99% of us, we have power available to us via the grid for 99% of the time.

However, it’s good to be prepared for power outages, living in remote locations, etc.

It’s also much greener, because batteries aren’t all that green, and in this scenario, won’t last long either.

Keegan from Time’s Up, a NYC based non-profit, showed me a page on their site where they have used an ultracapacitor to replace the battery.  In essence, the ultracapacitor regulates the voltage so you can hook up a 12 volt auto inverter and run your phone, computer, etc. off that.

The whole DIY package costs about $200

I asked Keegan if this was something worth doing and here’s his response:

“Yep, works great. What you do is, power the ultracap above 12v, then turn on the inverter, then as you plug things in, you’ll see you need to pedal faster to keep the ultracap above 12v. DO NOT GO OVER 15v, or the inverter craps out, then you have to wait for the ultracap to discharge, and it takes it a while to do so since the inverter will not be drawing any load in the meantime. This is what I mean when I say it is very educational, because you instruct people to watch the voltage, to not go below 12v or over 15v, so they see what kind of pedaling it takes to charge various types of and amounts of portable electronics.”

 

Here’s the page from Time’s Up: http://times-up.org/recent-campaigns/energy-bike-update

Here’s their link to the ultracapacitor: http://www.tecategroup.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26_30_72&products_id=1223

Here’s a link to a pretty cool auto inverter: http://www.amazon.com/Rally-7413-Holder-Power-Inverter/dp/B002JH7PEQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1373333339&sr=8-2&keywords=auto+inverter+usb

What do you need from your gym experience?

 FOR A LIMITED TIME:

Apply your $100 or $150 enrollment fee toward Personal Training, Small Group Personal Training, or Trainer Assisted Independent Workout Programs

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We love all gyms – and we know you can use any facility to get a great workout.  We might not love the employment practices, selling pressure, intimidation factor, and energy usage and carbon footprints of the huge (and many smaller) gyms, but they certainly do offer a wide variety of options at prices smaller gyms just can’t compete with.

After working with thousands of people over the years, the one aspect of our gym that always stands out is the non-intimidating, member-controlled atmosphere.

Non-Intimidating atmosphere at The Green Microgym

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At The Green Microgym, you don’t have to put up as many invisible walls as you might at a more traditional gym to get through your workout.  Quite the contrary. In fact, you are able to:

  • Choose the amount of lighting you want while you workout, instead of living with an “All ON” atmosphere as in most gyms
  • Choose the type and volume of music playing in the background, if any, instead of having loud pop music going all the time
  • Watch the shows you want, when you want, with our Ipad enabled ellipticals and member controlled TV sets, instead of the standard ESPN/CNN fare at most gyms
  • Take advantage of our expert Eco Fitness Personal Trainers who are ready and willing to help you get fit and healthy in a sustainable way, stressing movements over muscles (and they won’t try to upsell you costly supplements and diet pills)
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We’re not the cheapest (it’s impossible to be the cheapest and the best), and we’re not the biggest gyms out there, but we believe we have created an atmosphere for working out that provides most people with exactly what they need to keep coming back, over and over again, which is of course, the very best way to get the most value from a gym membership.

The Green Microgym: Like No Other

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No Other Gym:

Helps you change YOUR world and THE world

Rewards you for exercising with SUPPORTLAND

Has IPADS on ellipticals

Generates Electricity

Offers no-long-term-contract monthly memberships

Has Eco Fitness Personal Training

Has free member led classes

Has an energy saving culture

Lets you control the TVs, Fans, Lights, and Music

Has its own line of Natural Fruit Smoothies

Top 3 Reasons Why People Join The Green Microgym

There are lots of great gyms out there.  Here’s why our members tell us they like us the best.

CONVENIENCE:

  • we’re close to home
  • open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with key-code access

UNIQUE, COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE:

  • Make your workout space your own with member controlled music, TV, climate, lighting, etc.
  • Watch whatever you want, whenever you want on our Ipad enabled ellipticals
  • 5 Star Rated by our members

ECO FRIENDLY, COMMUNITY SUPPORTING, COMMON SENSE, SIMPLE, SUSTAINABLE VALUES:

  • Earn rewards for your effort and support local businesses with your Supportland Card and our Burn and Earn program
  • Participate in, or even teach our member led classes (teachers get free membership)
  • Create a sustainable fitness lifestyle with our Eco Fitness Training

Budget Conscious Self Directed Workout Programs from The Green Microgym

Even though data shows 90% of the people getting results in the gym are working with a personal trainer, we know that not everyone can commit to personal training for financial or time restrictions. But we want to make sure you get the most out of your membership.  Our self-directed programs still give you the opportunity to be “coached” through your workout.

Read on to find out about our basic and Micoach assisted self-directed programs, starting at $99.

Curious how we develop our exercise routines?  We use the adidas MiCoach system to enhance our programming with exercises and training philosophies created by Core Performance.   Core Performance is an industry leader in fitness and athletic performance.  Adam had the opportunity to meet the founders a couple years ago at their headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, where they fit him in between preparing NFL prospects for the draft and meeting with a delegation from the Chinese government!

“MiCoach is pretty cool, and I love not having a stupid notebook to fuss with”, says Doug from The Green Microgym Alberta, who has been using the equipment for 3 weeks.

We believe in these systems so much that our training staff uses them to have their own “coached” sessions.  Ask us about it next time you see us working out!

The BASIC Program:

If you are comfortable with the gym equipment and familiar with exercises, our 3-week Basic Program would be perfect for you.  After an initial assessment, we will email you 3 customized functional training workouts each week. You will also have the ability to schedule an exercise tutorial with one of our trainers in case an exercise or two looks unfamiliar.  Additionally, we will check in with you weekly to see how you are progressing.

ADD the Micoach Trainer:

We offer a more extensive program using the MiCoach Trainer. The equipment includes a heart rate monitor, stride sensor, and pacer to keep you on track during your workouts.  We will help you get set up and check in with you weekly for equipment and exercise support.

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