Olympics inspiring you to hit the gym? These gas station fitness centers might help.

Reebok is starting to think about what we’ll do with gas stations if, or when, electric vehicles take over the highways.

Key Points

  • Reebok is trying to figure out what would happen to gas stations if we all drove electric cars.
  • The company developed a plan to turn the stations into fitness hubs.
  • The former pumping stations would pump you up with Crossfit and juice bars. 

Following Shaun White’s recent gold-winning run, my daughters started to do summersaults off the couch, inspired by his frontside double cork 1440.

There’s something about watching the best athletes in the world that makes you want to get off the couch and get active. Not until later in the month of course, when I’m done watching Pyeong Chang and pretending like I know what terms like “frontside double cork 1440” mean.

Someday, fitting some healthy activity into our days might be a little easier, especially during long road trips.

According to Forbes, Reebok is starting to think about what we’ll do with gas stations if, or when, electric vehicles take over the highways. Some studies project there will be 71 million autonomous electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

Reebok led a program called “Get Pumped” to explore the options. The company’s answer is to turn obsolete gas stations into roadside fitness hubs.

Reebok and design firm Gensler developed a plan, and as summarized by Forbes, it would include three health-minded models:

  • The Network: Major interstate-highway rest stops would be turned into full-blown fitness centers where motorists and their passengers can shake off the road trip cobwebs by, say, running, spinning, boxing, or taking Crossfit classes while they replenish their vehicles’ batteries.
  • The Oasis: Larger gas stations adjacent to smaller local highways would become “recharge zones” to offer those with grueling commutes a mental and physical respite via yoga and meditation pods, and meet their nutritional needs via a juice bar and a farm-to-table restaurant.
  • The Community Center: Smaller gas stations could be transformed into mini-facilities that address local residents’ needs. For example, the former repair shop section of the building could be converted into an area for teaching nutrition classes, while the mini-mart can be reconfigured to sell local healthy food, and pop-up facilities can be employed for Crossfit and spinning classes.

Who knows? By the 2022 Olympics all these road side workouts could have me in good enough shape to take on an athletically challenging Olympic sport like curling. I just happen to already own these pants, so I’ll fit right in.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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