Trying Out the FitDesk for Bikes

This might just chase away any chance of blogger butt creeping up on me!

Perhaps you’ve heard of treadmill desks where you stand at a raised desk with your computer and a work surface and walk at one mile per hour for as long as you like.  It’s so popular, the Fortune 500 crowd is starting to bring them into offices and people have to sign-up for a chance to use them.

It’s not exactly a workout (you likely walk faster shopping in the mall), but it’s better than sitting on your tush all day. And it will definitely help you get those 10,000 steps that we’re all aiming for as a daily quota.

Now there is a bike version, The FitDesk.  It comes in one of two models: a folding, upright bike with the desk attached, or you can just buy the desk part and attach it to your own bike.  I chose the latter and hooked it up to my Spin bike at home.

Installation was easy and I was pedaling in about five minutes. I wiggled the straps around for a while until I got a very snug fit before I would trust putting my laptop on.  The FitDesk comes with a big rubber band that keeps your laptop in place and it truly didn’t move during my workout.

It’s not really possible to spin fast with the FitDesk attached, and I could stand on my pedals, but it was fairly awkward.  If you position your seat far forward, it’s impossible (I shove mine all the way back for body mechanics).  But as far as checking email, surfing social media, even blogging, I could do them all, no problem.

So even though it wasn’t a workout, it was better than sitting on my butt!

The inside of the FitDesk is a hard foam and I wish it felt a little more substantial.  I don’t think it affects functionality at all, it’s just a feel thing.  The fabric is a simple cotton (I think) and very smooth (i.e., slippery).  Yes the rubber band keeps the laptop in place just fine, but I wish the fabric had a little “tactile grip” to it.

Treadmill desks can run as high as $4,000 for a top model; the FitDesk is much cheaper.  My pop-on version is only $79 and the foldable bike with the desk is $229.  Not bad at all really. The full model is very compact and you can shove it in a closet, no problem.

(I should tell you that I received my FitDesk Pro for free in order to try it out and review it for a blog post.)

Would you consider a FitDesk for your home?  Do you think this is a good idea or should people just make time to get their sweat on?  I’ve used it a few times now, but haven’t gotten into a regular habit, although I keep saying I will.

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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7 Responses to Trying Out the FitDesk for Bikes

  1. Katy Widrick January 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    WOW — that’s definitely less than I would have expected to pay for it!

    I think that looks really cool…was it quiet enough to use in an office?

  2. Lisa Johnson January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Katy I was on my Spin bike so yes, lol. I’m not sure how loud the bike, bike is … I imagine there’s a background whirring …

  3. Wanda January 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I bought the foldable FitDesk for myself for Christmas and am loving it. I have put in over 100 miles that I would have never ridden without it.

  4. blake January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I’ve gotten so used to “laptopping” on a FitDesk, I feel weird in a chair. It took me a while to become this accustomed to it, but as they say, everything you do a lot, your body adapts for. I was getting way too good at sitting in a chair.

  5. Tara Burner January 23, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    My ipad fits perfectly on my bike already so I wouldnt need fitdesk though I had seen them before and heard great things about it.

  6. sandy February 3, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I work in the PI field, so I’m considering one for the hours I spend reviewing video footage. Just sitting has caused my weight to increase to where I don’t feel healthy. I saw the treadmill desk and wondered which would be better, any suggestions?

  7. Lisa Johnson February 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Sandy that sounds like a perfect application … :) If you get one let me know what you think … L–

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