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Exercise may be healthy, but, man, it takes a huge toll on the environment.

But at the new Green Fitness Studio in Bushwick, which could be Brooklyn’s first environmentally conscious gym, all the fitness equipment is made from recycled metal, the exercise floor itself is comprised of recycled rubber, and the treadmills, steppers and endless ladder machines are powered by kinetic energy (that’s your legs, folks).

Al Gore — you no longer have an excuse not to get in shape.

“This community needed a gym and we wanted it to be as eco-friendly as possible while offering a full range of services,” said Rachel Devlin, the one-month old gym’s manager.

A full range, indeed. Trainers on staff offer a range of yoga and fitness courses in a separate atrium; there’s an organic, locally grown smoothie bar in the corner, and infrared saunas that use 50-percent less energy than hot rock or steam saunas.

Heck, there’s even free WiFi on energy-efficient, LCD screens on the treadmills.

“That’s perfect for using my Netflix account to watch videos and listen to music,” Devlin said.

Of course, a high-tech, clean and green fitness joint comes a price — it’s $150 to enroll, and $79 per month with a one-year contract. Then again, Green Studio wouldn’t be truly crunchy if it didn’t offer discounts to the needy.

“We can work with people on a sliding scale,” Devlin said. “We know these are tough times.”

Green Fitness Studio [232 Varet St. between White and Bogart streets in Bushwick, (347) 559-0663]. For info, visit www.greenfitnessstudio.com.

Posted 10:51 am, February 1, 2010
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Sally from Bushwick says:
I don't think I agree with them being the first environmentally friendly gym. Facts are important.
Feb. 2, 2010, 1:24 pm
sall from boerum hill says:
uh hate to break it to you but most steel is recycled, and most gym mats are made of recycled tires....you would be had pressed to not have recycled content in these products. Environementally friendly would be if the lights were run off of solar panels and they used ceiling fans and natural ventilation instead of regular AC units. LCD screens and smoothie bar? get real, thats just more needless consumption of products.
Feb. 2, 2010, 1:40 pm
tootles from brooklyn heights says:
"Heck, there’s even free WiFi on energy-efficient, LCD" Andy you need to proof your work before you submit. How can a TV screen have wifi? your above statement makes no sense and never use the word heck in any of your articles.
Feb. 2, 2010, 1:44 pm
richie rich from parkslope says:
i love the Lemond yellow spin cycles and the owner- eye candy
Feb. 2, 2010, 4:57 pm
AL from Gowanus says:
I've always wondered why the machines in gyms can't be hooked up in such a way that they power the lights, or otherwise produce electricity. Now THAT would be a "green" gym! I mean, all that effort expended, all those calories burned...couldn't it be put to work?
Feb. 2, 2010, 6:14 pm
jah from bushwick says:
$1,098 commitment for a year? Someone bumped their heads when coming up with a pricing plan that makes the NY Sport Center's premium plan look affordable.
April 15, 2010, 4:02 pm
Donna Burdett says:
It is good to know that this gym is not only concern about the physical health of the gym goers but also the health of the environment. Discover how to rejuvenate and start your journey into a healthier body at Circle Gym and Spa.
March 1, 2013, 1:40 am

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