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A new gym in Hong Kong might be on to something- as patrons at a gym work out, their energy is "transformed into electricity and stored in a battery that powers some of the gym's lights." As one patron at the gym put it "It's very good motivation,' Ms. Wong said, pointing at the fluorescent bulb above her head. 'You can watch yourself burning fat to turn on that light."' Although the power generated at the gym only totaled to 300 watts when the "13 machines, it was enough energy to "run three 27-inch television sets, five 60-watt light bulbs or several hundred video iPods. If all the exercise machines were in use 10 hours a day for a year, the gym could generate roughly $183 worth of electricity. It doesn't seem like much but if all the gyms in this country did this..."well,you do the math."