Pedal for Power: Local gym powered by people

February 22, 2018 07:27 AM

A local gym is reducing its carbon footprint by using people to power the facility.

The ECO Gym in Irondequoit at I-Square is the first facility in this area to use this innovative idea. You've probably seen hamsters run on a wheel and make power -- a similar concept powers the building.


There are stationary bikes and ellipticals in the gym. As you pedal you are creating energy for the building. More than 70 percent of the energy you create is fed back into the grid to power the building.

Cycling is a strenuous workout. It burns anywhere from 500-800 calories an hour. Wendy Nolan, owner of I-Square, says knowing you're helping the environment is an extra boost of motivation when working out.

"You can go and spin at many gyms around Rochester, but to have your energy put back into the system and knowing that you're doing something good for the environment I think that's an attraction for people to come here to work out," Nolan said.

I-Square also uses solar panels and wind energy for power. The goal is to make the I-Square complex a completely energy independent and net zero building.

ECO Gym is on the second floor at the Imaginarium. There are multiple membership options starting at $15 a month. You can try three classes for $10 before you purchase a membership. For more information, visit


Kaci Jones

Copyright 2018 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Relay Media Amp

We no longer have Facebook comments on this site. Please visit our Facebook Page to join the conversation.