Hi, my name is Michael Jackness and I’m one of the owners of treadmill.com. I’ll be writing on this site from time-to-time. Today I will be talking about my new treadmill desk setup. Treadmill.com recently moved offices, which gave us more room for inventory and our office work area. We were previously crammed into a small little space and didn’t have the room for a treadmill desk setup, but with the new office, now we have plenty of room. As soon as we signed the lease for our new offices I ordered several iMovR sit / stand desks and LifeSpan base walking treadmill units.
For my personal setup, I went with the IMovR Themodesk Elite 84” cherry desk and the LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 walking treadmill. The walking treadmill base units arrived very quickly, but the Themodesk Elite’s are made to order, so they took about an extra week to arrive. They came flat packed on a pallet and were very easy to assemble. On a side note, I plan on posting an assembly report in a couple weeks that will cover assembly step-by-step. It took us about 45 minutes to assemble the first unit and about 35 minutes to assemble each one after that.
I’ve been using my new setup for 3 days now and simply couldn’t be happier with it. I’m in the office between 6-10 hours a day and find myself using the setup about 1/3 of the time walking, 1/3 of the time standing, and 1/3 of the time sitting. I started off by walking at 1mph, but I’ve increased that to 1.5mph since I don’t find it distracting at all. In fact, I’ve been writing this post while walking at 1.5mph and I feel like I’m writing at the same pace as I would if I were sitting down. Over the next couple of weeks I will keep increasing the speed to figure out what the optimal speed is for me. I’m looking to walk as fast as I can without starting to sweat or breaking concentration from my work.
If I continue walking 2-3 hours per day, 5 days per week, at 1.5mph, I will walk between 15 and 22.5 miles per week where I would otherwise be sitting on my fat rump. Lets face it, work is unavoidable, but now I can burn 400-600 calories without having to set aside more time for the gym.
Here are a couple of pictures of my new setup. The first one is in the standing position and the second one is in the sitting position. Again, I went with the 84” desk, so I have plenty of room to do both.
This last picture is of the back of my setup, which I’m somewhat embarrassed. As you can see, it’s nothing but a total rats nest of wires and cables. Normally, I have my desk up against a wall and it makes it easy to hide everything. I didn’t have an opportunity to do that in the new office, because I wanted to be able to look out the window. To make matters worse, my computer died (I think because of the move) and I’m having to use my laptop in the meantime. Once I get my computer back I will work on some cable management and make things look much neater. In fact, I’ll probably make a post about that too.