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Ever since I began pedaling my PPPM pedal generator and powering all my devices with my daily workouts, I have dreamed of creating an online "Green Virtual Gym" where other people who generate electricity by pedaling could join me, to share the amount of power we have produced, and enjoy some mutual support and enthusiasm for what we are doing. Sound like fun?

If you would like to join the Green Virtual Gym, click on the "Request Membership" link right below the Member's Power Logs table. If you are not ready to join but might be interested if the Green Virtual Gym had the "right stuff," let me know your thoughts on the offerings I have listed below and then press the "I'd like to see these in the Green Virtual Gym" button. It will activate a voice synthesizer that will say "I am interested in joining the Green Virtual Gym" and send me your wish list - that's all. If I am within earshot, I'll become inspired and work more on the Green Virtual Gym.

Many people write me with ideas to capture power from exercise equipment in real Gyms. Compared to the power it takes to run the Gym, or the power it takes to drive to the Gym and back, that amount of power is miniscule. For example, if you use one gallon of gasoline to drive to the Gym and back, the energy you use to make a single trip will take TWO YEARS of pedaling to "pay back." The Green Virtual Gym is mostly green because you don't drive to get here. It's also green because this server is 100% Solar and Pedal Powered!

Several bicycle ride workout videos are now available in the Green Virtual Gym. I shoot all the videos myself while riding a bike. It's not easy to shoot good quality (never mind great quality!) video from a bicycle. You will see the quality improve over time as I perfect my techniques.

In March 2008 I added a beautiful ride along the Los Gatos Creek trail. Anyone "riding the rollers" up North or back East where there is still Winter weather will appreciate watching these clips while you ride. Enjoy!

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Member's Power Logs - in Watt-Hours

Member 17Aug2017 Yr Goal % Pace Lifetime Inspiration
SolarDave110.52211823225480117%280894Half a ride at home, and half a ride at TechShop, powering a 40 inch LCD television, LED lights, cooling fan and Chromecast.
Norm3030605912519%36838In the midst of modifying the PedGen once again will make use of rhe multiple grooved clothes dryer belt which I scavenged off of our old clothes dryer
Al423752422730081%5640Sounds like a really neat E-Bike Dave!
Dante4000000380001%70000Welcome new Member Dante!
JimG024243285345625114%397945Testing new PedalPC board prototype (finally!).
These hard-working Green Virtual Gym Members have generated enough electricity to offset 717871 grams of CO2!

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Workout Videos, 10 Minute Segments
Downtown Portland Oregon - Fun Ride Along the Willamette River
1 2
17 Mile Drive - Breathtaking Ride Along California's Coast, from Pacifica to Carmel, past the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Los Gatos Creek Trail - All Bikepath and All Beautiful
South to Los Gatos: 1 2 3 4 5
North from Los Gatos: 1 2 3 4
Downtown Willow Glen - City Streets and a Short Bikepath
1 2 3 4 5
San Francisco to Sausalito via the Golden Gate Bridge
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sausalito to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge
1 2 3 4 5 6
Santa Barbara Beach Bicycle Ride
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Santa Barbara State Street and Mission Bicycle Ride
1 2 3 4 5
Workout Tips
Warming Up and Cooling Down
Hydration
Pulse Rate
Target Pulse Rate
New research indicates that high-cadence cycling helps to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
AFTER the Workout ;-)
Green News and Resources
Going Green - Environmental Issues and News
EnviroGadget
Green Jobs Spider
Eco Fabulous
Eco Chick
Top Green News
News, Blogs, and Tools for Living Green | Yahoo! Green
My Green Press
Green Living Tips
San Jose Green Home Blog
Ecorazzi
National Geographic - The Green Guide
Disney's Green Tips
It Pays to Live Green
Sunset Magazine Natural Home
Sustain Lane
Treehugger
Grist - Environmental Commentary
U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council Green Tips
Planet Green Discovery
Green With Envy - Eco Gifts
Green Living Online
Bicing: Barcelona's Communal Bicycle Program Has Transformed The City (VIDEO)


Looking for more? Tell me what would interest you. Press the radio buttons to communicate your interest level in each of the ideas below, and then press the button at the bottom of the page labeled: "I'd like to see these in the Green Virtual Gym"

Full-screen, better-quality DVD versions of the YouTube movies available for purchase:
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Tracking your power output over time, with basic personal statistics:
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Green statistics for the whole Gym - CO2 avoided, power generated, etc.:
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A forum or group where you can post with other members:
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Real-time chat with others in the Gym:
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Would you pay a monthly membership fee for a fancy web site, professionally narrated workout movies, progress contests, personal trainers, RSS "power feeds" and other high-end features?
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