Mesa State exercise machines produce electricity |

Mesa State exercise machines produce electricity

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Fitness buffs can now generate electricity while they burn calories at a western Colorado fitness center.

Eight elliptical trainers at Mesa State College’s Hamilton Recreation Center produce electricity that help power the building’s system.

Officials say a 30-minute workout can produce enough electricity to power a laptop computer for an hour. Michael Wells, director of campus recreation services, says the machines won’t eliminate the building’s electricity bill, but they’ll help.

Wells hopes to have stationary bikes, stair climbers and adaptive-movement training machines producing electricity later this year.

He says colleges in at least 10 other states use the same technology but Mesa State is the first in Colorado to do so.

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