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This Floating Gym Is Wild And Energy Efficient

Whether you prefer to watch television, listen to music, or look out the window, there’s no denying that it’s nice to have a little distraction while working out at the gym. Italian architect Carlo Ratti has created a design that takes the gym experience to a whole other level.

The “Paris Navigating Gym” unites fitness fiends and offers an unparalleled view from the city’s Seine River. The fitness vessel floats along the river and moves with the power generated by the workouts of the passengers aboard. Like a giant (exceptionally more luxurious) paddle boat, exercisers use fitness bikes and cross trainers to propel the floating gym.


Innovation and design firm, Carlo Ratti Associati, created a concept design for this floating gym that allows the passengers to sightsee various Paris attractions including the Eiffel Tower. The Paris Navigating Gym is 20 meters long and can hold up to 45 people with workout equipment for each.

Not only is the vessel’s energy completely powered by the passengers, making it incredibly environmental, it allows Parisians to utilize the river all year long. The concept boasts augmented-reality screens, installed on the boat windows, which is also powered by the work outs of those on board.

The fitness vessel uses Technogym’s ARTIS machines, a special technology that has been developed to translate human’s energy from sports equipment and make it available for further use. The Carlo Ratti Associati website states, “By doing exercise on the ARTIS bikes and cross trainers, guests can seamlessly contribute to powering the boat, which in turn will sail along the Seine on its route through the city, providing access to anybody who wants it.” 

The urban panorama offered by the vessel is made possible by an encompassing transparent glass, which is opened up for the summer months. The augmented-reality screens make it possible for guests to see the quantity of energy produced from their workout in real time. The screens also work to display data about the Seine’s environmental conditions as the boat treads through.


“The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power,” Carlo Ratti said of his innovative concept. “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’.”

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