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The Power Plant Gym- The Team

Its a gym, but all the pieces of equipment and activities, are group based and they generate power.

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Its a gym that puts more energy back on the grid than it consumes.  

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Photo of Will Rice
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Ok. I have 3 "machines" in my head right now. Can anyone think of anything else?

1. Group Rowing Machine
2. The Team Turnstyle
3. Crowdrun (group slanted treadmill surface)
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Photo of Natalie Lake
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Hi Will,

I commented this idea on the Green Olympics idea but I thought you might find the idea useful as well. Another idea for a machine is to use a rowing machines to generate electricity. Looking forward to seeing more of your machine sketches and miniatures.

Photo of Will Rice
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oooo. yes. a group rowing simulator could be cool!

Photo of Ramiro Sanchez Caballero
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Hi Will, do you have more machines?
The 'Green Olympics' definitively needs machines like this!

Photo of Will Rice
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I dont think the kind of machines needed exist yet. I'm thinking of things like a group, sloped treadmill or the team turnstile (mockup pictured above). I think if we made a bunch of really slick, team based pieces of exercise equipment, then generators could be attached and some significant power could get created. I dont believe that rooms full of exercise bikes would do it.

Photo of Joey Chy
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Good stuff! I think you've really got something here. I think this could even work in a traditional gym setting, too! Motion-based equipment like treadmills and bikes can be retrofitted to be self-sustaining units. The energy in traditional weights and fitness classes would be difficult to capture, but retrofitting the building with solar panels could still make the gym a completely self-sustaining unit with the potential of putting energy back into the grid! Great idea and fun to build on.

Photo of Shuting Zeng
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Hi Will, I like your simple yet powerful concept! Have you come up with any new idea about this? When I was reading Ramiro's idea "Green Olympics," your idea came to my mind and I think maybe you will be interested to work with him in some way. This is Ramiro's idea:
https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/ideas/the-green-energy-olympics

You can also see our conversation there too! Thanks!

Photo of Andrea Zelenak
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I love your idea! It inspired me to think of how playground equipment can do this same type of thing! I even found organizations that have already started to push this idea forward! I really think this could go somewhere.

Photo of Will Rice
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has anyone does any mockups or prototypes for this type of equip yet?

Photo of Jes Simson
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Hey Will, love this concept! A gym's business model tends to rely on lots of people signing up for a serve that they will hardly use (or at least according to this podcast: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/12/17/371463435/episode-590-the-planet-money-workout)

So ... how might we design a renewable energy producing workout experience that not only rivals a traditional gym but outperforms it in terms of user engagement?

How might we design for fun, engagement, communal / social activity, a great workout, personal challenges?

Photo of Will Rice
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No joining fee, no fee when you workout. Every month you get a bill that says "You missed X days of working out, so you owe Y this month." Make it something like 2 days a week in the beginning with minimal perks. If people agree to workout more, they get more perks.

HUGE fee if they cancel.

Photo of Zach Suttmoeller
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I do not believe that you should be forced to go to the gym. Lets say you start off with the typical gym membership fee and the more you check in and contribute, the cheaper your membership will become. Eventually leading to a waived membership fee. You should not be penalized for not being able to get to the gym.

Photo of Edoe Cohen
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Love it! I had a similar idea once. A lot of energy is exerted in gyms around the world. Why not capture and utilize it?!

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Loving the mock up! Do you have any more details on how Power Plant Gym would operate so folks here can join in with feedback and suggestions? Filling out the Idea submission form questions could be a good thought too as these will help you flesh out various parts of your concept. Looking forward to seeing the idea grow...

Photo of Will Rice
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How do i post more mockups?

Photo of Natalie Lake
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Hey Will you can click the update button and in the Make it Visual section, click the +Upload Image button, then select file and select the file you want from your computer. To post more photos just keep clicking the +upload image button. Hope this helps! You can also do videos if you have one.

Photo of Natalie Lake
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OH and once you're done uploading, click save and your entry will be updated.