Review: FitDesk Exercise Work Desk
How many people have an exercise bike or treadmill just collecting dust in the garage? Take a look on Craigslist and you’ll see a dozen for sale at any given moment. The reason? People get bored. They dread the idea of climbing back on the machine and just trying to zone out, the equipment is often bulky and takes up a lot of space, it’s just plain not fun.
FitDesk aims to change a lot of the issues with exercise equipment out there. It’s light, compact, sturdy, and best of all, it’s also a desk. It has a nice flat area, ergonomically placed in front of you so you can strap down a laptop, play video games and have somewhere to set the controller, even read.
While it may be possible to do some of those things on a regular exercise bike it’s certainly not a streamlined process and you’re often bouncing all over and juggling more often than not.
It’s the positioning and the clever flat ‘desk’ environment that FitDesk brings with it that makes it a useful device. It’s fairly slick and futuristic looking, includes a digital readout & controller (which left a little to be desired) and best of all it’s extremely compact and foldable.
The looks in general are fairly space age looking. The gears and wires are all contained in a slick ‘pod’ enclosure and all you really have to see is the seat, the pedals, and the desk. The surface area of the desk is plenty for even the biggest of laptops and despite being cloth-covered stiff-foam it’s rather sturdy and comfortable. The looks of this won’t throw off your decor.
While you probably know how to pedal and use a bike, there’s some basic controls via the little electric control panel. This panel is the only thing we found lacking in the design. It’s a completely separate device that’s easy to break or lose, while you can simply use it without this attachment you won’t be able to track distance, calories, resistance etc. I would have liked to see a more compact version of the electronic controller that’s integrated into the bike design. The removable nature and weak mounting methods make this a very lose-able/breakable piece. However it’s dead simple and if you simply leave it attached, you’ll probably never notice it or think about it.
The range of resistance is anywhere between fairly easy and semi-tough, but nothing too crazy. The general vibe is that if you’re going to get some work done – and you will! – that you probably don’t need constant pumping maximum resistance uphill. No this is much more for normal human beings who just want to be a little more active in front of the TV, the laptop, or the Xbox and still have a little fun.
Just like riding a bike, there will be a period of adjustment where the seat makes you sore, your legs will hurt, and you back will adjust to the placement needed to both type and pedal. However surprisingly quick, after only a few days, you can get into the rhythm of things and just crank away while you play on Facebook or read the latest tech article.
While you can get some light typing done, I wouldn’t recommend writing the next great American novel while pedaling a bike. It’s much more savvy for browsing and casually getting some work done. Holding a video game controller is also quite comfortable, as is just pedaling away and watching a tv show. Ultimately it’s a compact and sleek little exercise bike for those of us that have a lot to get done in a day or dread the idea of the ‘hamster’ wheel and being totally unproductive.
I’m all for anything that makes working out fun, or better yet, simply distracts you from the fact that you are indeed, working out. This does a splendid job of getting out-of-the-way, keeping your heart rate up, and letting you continue your life as needed. There’s nothing wrong with that, so we heartily suggest it. Throw out that behemoth in your garage that never gets used, and slide this in your living room where it will actually get used.