They say sitting all day is as bad for your health as smoking. But when you need to spend hours on the computer, and you don’t want to stand the whole time, what can you do? The FitDesk company has the answer. They sell the FitDesk 2.0 and its upgrade, the 3.0. Let’s examine them both to see which one is best for helping you train while you type.
FitDesk Desk 2.0 Exercise Bike with Massage Bar
The FitDesk 2.0 is both an exercise bike and a desk. Unlike most exercise bikes, the FitDesk has an adjustable seat back that lets you ride it as an upright or a recumbent bicycle. It also folds up to 16 by 28 inches in size for transport or storage.
Although the FitDesk is foldable, it’s durable. It has a powder-coated steel frame and a twin belt flywheel that should stand up to years of use. Its gear box contains both aluminum and steel parts instead of plastic. And FitDesk designed the sealed bearings and balanced flywheel to keep your desktop free from vibrations.
The non-slip desk surface protects your laptop from sliding around. Although it’s somewhat small at only 16 by 19 inches, there is a storage drawer underneath. The drawer is large enough to hold a phone or pens.
The seat on the FitDesk is beach cruiser style, wide and well-padded. The adjustable backrest and seat move to suit riders between 4 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 6 inches tall. It reclines from upright to a recumbent position. There is also an adjustable armrest, that supports your arms while typing and even gives them a massage.
While you exercise with the bike, the Performance Meter LCD reveals the calories you’ve burned, the time elapsed, and the distance covered. There are eight levels of resistance to select by using the knob mounted on the frame.
And besides pedaling, you can strengthen your upper body, too. The FitDesk has resistance bands mounted on each side. Use them to give your arms a workout with bicep curls and lat pull-ups.
In conclusion, the FitDesk 2.0 might be the perfect answer if you want to burn calories, strengthen your body, and still get work done at the same time.
More features of the FitDesk 2.0 Exercise Bike:
- Recommended maximum user weight is 250 pounds
- Assembly required
FitDesk 3.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar
Why might you want to get the FitDesk 3.0 instead of the 2.0? While their essential structure is similar, there are some key differences. The most important one is the recommended weight limit of the user. The FitDesk 3.0 supports up to 300 pounds while the former model is approved for up to 250 pounds.
The next difference is the structure of the storage drawer. In version 2.0, the drawer slid open from underneath the desk’s surface. But in version 3.0, the desktop opens, or extends, to either side to reveal a storage compartment. The bonus is that you can expand the desktop. The downside is that your stored items are difficult to access once you have a laptop on top.
You can see another design change if you observe the pedals. The newer FitDesk doesn’t have straps to secure your feet. While this is convenient when you need to stand up, it’s less efficient for pedaling.
In conclusion, if you prefer a larger work surface, like for using a mouse or resting your coffee, you might prefer the FitDesk 3.0. And it offers the same features as the earlier model, with eight levels of magnetic resistance, bands for an upper body workout, and a display to see your calories burned.
More features of the FitDesk 3.0 Exercise Bike:
- Recommended weight limit is 300 pounds
- Assembly required
Choosing between these two fitness desks comes down to weight limit and desktop style. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, get the FitDesk 3.0. You’ll also have an extended work surface but not much of a storage drawer.
Otherwise, you may be very pleased with the FitDesk 2.0 if you don’t require a more extensive desktop. It supports up to 250 pounds and it has pedal straps for effective exercise.