Lonely Planet Writer

Don't worry gym bunnies: this Parisian gym boat will let you work out while sightseeing down the Seine

Our fitness routines often get sidelined while we’re on holidays, and while many of us will get over it by relaxing on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand, being unable to work out can disappoint eager gym bunnies. So they’ll be happy to hear about a remarkable new fitness centre in Paris in the shape of a gym boat, which might be the answer to the dilemma of how to work up a sweat when there is so much sightseeing to be done.

This Parisien gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati
This Parisian gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati

While it is still at the development stage, the Paris Navigating Gym will cruise along the river Seine. Designed by Italian firm, Carlo Ratti Associati, it will be 20 metres long and will hold up to 45 people. Passengers can take in views of the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, thanks to the boat’s transparent glass covering. This can be left open in the summer, and closed over in colder months or at night for parties and celebrations.

This Parisien gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati
This Parisian gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati

Aside from that element of uniqueness, another unusual thing is that it will be powered by energy sourced from passengers’ workouts. It will feature New York–based Technogym’s ARTIS machines – a special type of sports equipment that harnesses human energy and transforms it into other forms of energy.

This Parisien gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati
This Parisian gym boat lets you float down the Seine while working out. Image: Carlo Ratti Associati

Augmented-reality screens installed on the boat will show guests both the quantity of energy sourced from the workout. They will also be able to see information about the Seine’s environmental conditions, tracked in real time by sensors incorporated on the vessel.