Are you too busy to hit the gym before or after work? Have you ever wanted to lose weight or get in shape while sat at your computer all day? Us too. That’s why we’re thankful that Steve from FitDesk has designed the FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk. In theory, it sounds like an excellent, unique concept. But what about in practice?
The level of resistance can be changed via the easy-to-turn resistance knob, allowing you to set your workout to be as easy or challenging as you want it to be. Considering the concept of the FitDesk and the fact that is has been designed for a light workout, the level of resistance isn’t exactly very high, but the highest setting should still be challenging enough for most.
It’s also worth noting that this particular model, just like the FitDesk X1, is very quiet in operation; in fact, it is almost inaudible, which is just as well considering that you will likely be working out behind your desk at work.
If you’ve used previous models of the FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk then you would have noticed that the seat was quite narrow and not very well padded. The latest model, however, features a wider seat and a greater amount of padding. While the seat is certainly more comfortable than before, it’s always a good idea to purchase a gel seat cover to further enhance comfort levels, particularly as you are likely to be working at your desk all day. The seat is also adjustable, to cater to a wide range of users.
Considering that the FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk isn’t an exercise bike in the traditional sense, the computer console is rather basic in its functionality. Therefore, there is no heart rate monitor or graphical representation of your workout; however, you can keep track of distance, time and calories burned.
The FitDesk features a folding and locking design, enabling you to keep the bike out of the way when not in use. Transport wheels can also be found on the bottom of the machine, making it easy to move the 33 lb bike.
27 x 16 x 45 inches
16 x 28 inches (folded)
FITDESK SEMI-RECUMBENT PEDAL DESK REVIEW by USER
While the general consensus is that the FitDesk is an excellent way to stay in shape if you live a busy life, there are several other things that users have praised.
A number of users have spoken very highly of FitDesk’s customer service, particularly as Steve, the CEO of the company, is always the one to respond to emails and answer phone calls, all in a very timely manner. Others feel that the latest model of the FitDesk is better than its predecessors, due to its improved design and more comfortable seat. The bike’s quietness in operation has also been praised.
However, according to one user, “the resistance mechanism is not fluid”, which “makes it very difficult to get a consistent pedaling rhythm,” although considering that the vast majority of users have said that the pedaling motion feels smooth, it’s hard to take his complaint on board. A few others have said that the computer could be improved upon.
There isn’t a whole lot to complain about. However, as mentioned, the FitDesk isn’t suitable for those over 6′, as taller individuals may feel a little confined as they work out. The straps for holding your laptop on the desk could also feel slightly more secure.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
The maximum user weight capacity of the FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk is 250 pounds. On either side of the desktop there are sewn in storage pockets which have been designed to hold your phone, office items, remotes, as well as any other small items. The padded fabric desk surface measures 16 x 28 inches.
To sum up, if you’re under 6′ and can never find the time to exercise due to your busy lifestyle, then the FitDesk certainly comes recommended. One user puts it best when she says “If you spend a lot of time on the computer and need to lose a few pounds, this bike is a great way to do it.”