Local Fortuna Fitness Gym becomes Second Gym in the Country to Own Sustainable Equipment

FORTUNA, Ca. (KIEM) – One gym is not only breaking a sweat while they exercise. But they’re also creating electricity while they workout.

Bodyworks Fitness Gym is definitely unique. They’re the second gym in the country to be using this type of gear.

A new way to work out and train, but also a new way to create power.

“All this equipment it converts all your kinetic energy, while you’re exercising either on the treadmill or elliptical or bike,” said Matt Porter, a co-owner of Bodyworks Fitness. “We will be getting soon and it converts it into AC current which then goes straight into powering the building.”

Bodyworks Fitness Gym is going green. The gym just recently purchased new sustainable workout equipment. The total cost of all the equipment was over 80-thousand dollars. But they believe, this new gear is the future of fitness. This is a lot to invest in exercise equipment but they decided it would be worth the risk. Most gyms can only afford cheap gym equipment if they need to replace anything.

“I think going green and reducing the carbon footprint for gyms across the nation is the way of the future,” said Caleb King, co-owner of Bodyworks.

For them, this is a big success.

“For us to be in Humboldt County and be one of the bigger facilities to actually have this equipment, I feel like is huge,” adds King.

Gym members have not only have they seen improve in their workout routine. But it also pushes gym goers without straining their bodies.

“On these, I’m actually working harder, so I’m able to build muscle as I’m running as well,” says Shelby Lipscomb, a trainer at the gym.

One day, Bodyworks Fitness Gym hopes to have a self-sufficient running facility, where they’re able to use self-generated power. While also reducing their carbon foot print.

Bodyworks Fitness plans to install sustainable bikes in the future.

But it doesn’t stop in Fortuna or Ferndale. Later this year, bodyworks fitness will be opening a new location in eureka. This will be their third location in Humboldt County.