Pastajet Investigates Desk Exercising

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Is Desk Exercising the latest fad to sweep the cycling world?

Maybe I have been out of the loop on desk exercising, but when a PR firm reached out to me about the FitDesk cycling product, I thought I would investigate. Turns out there is a plethora of equipment to perform desk exercising, including treadmills, cycling apparatus and other devices. You can also do simple isometric activities yourself, get up and walk around, sit on an exercise ball, and the latest craze using a standup desk to keep the body limber and moving. I guess I never knew there was such a thing as desk exercising or Deskexercise? I have been using a plain old exercise ball as a chair at my computer station and desk for a long time, and find it quite comfortable, though it does require some balance and good posture to keep seated. There are several cycling related desk exercise devices, including the FitDesk, the DeskCycle and the MagneTrainer. When you see how happy, these people are while exercising and working on the computer, does it make you want to jump on one of these devices? Many of us sit at the computer for inordinate amounts of time, so the general idea behind these devices sounds plausible. I’ve never used one, so I can’t vouch for anything about them, other than a valid interest.

Silly idea? You can be the judge, jury and executioner!

FitDesk
Imagine surfing the web, checking your email, keeping up with friends on social networks, beating the next level on your favorite game, or finishing that big deadline, all while losing weight and improving your cardiovascular health. The FitDesk’s patent pending design provides comfortable placement of your elbows to steady and free your hands for typing, surfing, gaming and beyond!

Multitasking is the way of the future. Introducing a desk that allows you get fit while you are at work. FitDesk understands busy schedules and solves the problem of sitting and inactivity with its innovative approach to fitness.

FitDesk owners love having the gift of an extra hour or two a day. Instead of having to dedicate time just for exercise, customers can exercise while they email, read, play games or use social media.

The deskbound lifestyle has plagued Americans leading to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Statistics reveal that 75% of Americans have sedentary jobs and commutes that prohibit them to get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity 5 days a week. FitDesk improves cardiovascular health and maintains an active lifestyle while being productive.

FitDesk X1 Specs:

  • MSRP: $299.99
  • Lightweight Folding Exercise Bike with Sliding Desk Platform
  • Massage Rollers strategically placed for daily relief from typing strain
  • Improves cardio vascular health while being productive
  • Use in multiple body positions
  • Strengthen hands with convenient Squeeze Grip
  • Build upper body strength with Resistance Bands
  • Premium Comfort Saddle
  • Easy lock Compact Folding Design
  • Quiet, twin belt, high velocity flywheel delivers “big bike” feel in a light weight product.
  • Individually tested
  • Performance meter with odometer
  • Premium components and #1 rated customer service

For more information on FitDesk, please visit http://fitdesk.net

DeskCycle
The DeskCycle makes it easy to get safe and effective exercise while working at your desk. It’s the only bike that was specifically designed for this purpose. Some of the features that distinguish the DeskCycle from the rest are shown below:

Fits under the Shorter Desks – At 9.5 inches, the DeskCycle has the lowest pedal height of all pedal exercisers. It is the only bike that works under desks as low as 27 inches.

Smooth and Quiet – The touch-free magnetic resistance system of the DeskCycle is both smooth and quiet. Most bikes have friction resistance that can be noisy and have jerky pedal motion that is distracting and unhealthy for your joints. Smooth pedal motion is healthy for your joints, and lets you focus your attention on your work. Quiet pedal motion lets your coworkers focus on their work.

Burn More Calories – The lowest resistance setting is easy. The maximum resistance of the DeskCycle is between 2 and 10 times the maximum resistance of the other pedal exercisers, not including the MagneTrainer.

Highest Quality / Longest lasting – The DeskCycle is built to last for years of maintenance-free use. The DeskCycle has the same patented magnetic resistance system and high quality, heavy-duty components as the MagneTrainer.

Bidirectional Pedal Motion – Pedal the bike forwards or backwards. Pedaling backwards works opposite muscle groups.

DeskCycle Specs:

  • MSRP – $149
  • Weight – 24 lbs
  • Resistance Type – Magnetic
  • Resistance Range at 60 RPM – 12 Watts to 130 Watts
  • Resistance Range at 120 RPM – 28 Watts to 394 Watts
  • Number of Resistance Steps -8
  • Pedal arm Length – 3 1/2 inches
  • Drive mechanism – Double Axle, Twin Belt, Heavy-Duty Machined Flywheel, 8 sealed bearings. Designed for years of mantenance-free use.
  • Computer Functions – Speed, Time, Calories, Distance and Scan.

MagneTrainer ER Mini Exercise Bike
Work out anywhere, anytime, in the comfort of your home or at the office with the MagneTrainer ER Mini Exercise Bike . The adjustable magnetic resistance allows you to control the range of your workout while maintaining a smooth quiet pedal motion. Use the digital fitness display to see your speed, distance, time and even an estimate of the amount of calories you burn. Use the online calorie calculator at our website to get the most accurate calories-burned of all pedal exercisers. You won’t find an easier, faster way to help boost your fitness level. Resistance adjusts from nearly nothing to 170 Watts at 60RPM and over 400 Watts at 120 RPM. The MagneTrainer is also excellent for physical therapy. MagneTrainers are used in hospitals, physical therapy offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and chiropractors offices. The wide resistance range and smooth pedal motion makes it ideal for both physical therapy and healthy exercise. The MagneTrainer is used by many to exercise at work. Most use it when checking emails or on the phone. To use it while typing you will need a tall desk. For most people this will be between 34 and 36 inches. However, you could get by with 33 inches clearance if you move the bike further under the desk and extend your legs. If you have an average sized desk, you should take a look at our DeskCycle. The DeskCycle works with desks as low as 27 inches.

MagneTrainer Specs:

  • MSRP: $149
  • Resistance: Adjustable Magnetic Resistance.
  • Maximum Setting: Over 170 Watts at 60 RPM and Over 400 Watts at 120 RPM
  • Driving System: Double Axle, Twin Belt.
  • Computer Functions: Speed, Time, Calories, Distance and Scan.
  • Frame: Sturdy Steel Frame.
  • Housing: High Impact plastic.
  • Weight: 22 lbs.
  • Measurements Minimum: 16″ x 16″ x 18″ (w x l x h) Measurements Extended.
  • Base: 16″ x 20″ x 18″(w x l x h).
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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • sean says:

    “75% of Americans have sedentary jobs and commutes that prohibit them to get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity 5 days a week”. I call B.S. on that. Does working/commuting make it harder to find time to exercise? Sure. Prohibit? No. We are talking 30 measly minutes here… Seems like the real problem is laziness. The benefits of 30 minutes of exercise far outweigh the costs of the lost time…
    I will admit, however, that every little bit helps. I don’t see too many people cranking out much moderate to intensive exercise in a suit and tie at work though.

  • jrp says:

    FWIW, my DIY computer table, which I made in the late 20th century and which supports a 21st century desktop PC, rests on the base of a 19th century foot-powered sewing machine, and the drivetrain is still functional… and clunky )

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