Floating gym powered by human energy

20 Dec 2016

By: Sport Industry Group

Italian architects Carlo Ratti Associati has partnered with Technogym, Terreform ONE and URBEM to unveil a new design for a floating gym, the Paris Navigating Gym. 

The ‘fitness vessel’ can move along the Seine River in Paris harnessing the energy from passengers’ workouts - powered by Technogym’s ARTIS exercise machines.

The 20-metre long vessel can host up to 45 people and by doing exercises on ARTIS bikes and cross trainers, guests can power the boat on its city route.

It will host augmented-reality screens installed on the boat and show guests both the quantity of energy sourced from the workout, and data about the Seine’s environmental conditions, tracked in real time.

Carlo Ratti, founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati 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.”