This gym boat could give Parisians the most in-Seine workout there is

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This gym boat could give Parisians the most in-Seine workout there is
The most in-Seine workout there is? Photo: Carlo Ratti Associati

Imagine working out whilst floating down the River Seine enjoying the views of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.


Finding a gym in Paris with a view to gaze at while burning off all those croissant-induced calories is a tough task.

But a solution may be at hand, although not right away, because designers have come up with what could possibly be the greatest gym in the world.

The 65-foot-long "Paris Navigating Gym" would let exercisers float along the Seine, looking out at the capital's famous riverbanks and monuments.

(Carlo Ratti Associati)

But only if those working out help to power it because project won't rely on petrol, but manpower instead.

Up to 45 people will be able to exercise on this floating glass-top gym. The energy produced whilst on the bikes and cross-trainers will be used to power boat's electric propellers.

(Carlo Ratti Associati)

And just to avoid gym-goers getting stranded if they run out of puff to get them back to the river bank, extra energy will be provided by solar panels.

The roof on the glass exterior would be closed during the winter, but the covering would be removed in summer months.

(Carlo Ratti Associati)

The idea for the gym came from a collaboration between design firm Carlo Ratti Associati, fitness equipment manufacturer Technogym, nonforprofit architects Terraform One, and urban regeneration institute URBEM.

Further feasibility analyses would need to be conducted before the vision could become a reality, but the design team estimates that the boat could be fully designed, built, and tested in 18 months.





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