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A couple of weeks ago Brandon and I were in Dick’s Sporting Goods browsing around. I was looking for something I could slip under my desk at work to help me burn calories throughout the day. I work a pretty sedentary corporate job which prevents me from being able to do a lot during the day to work out. Add in fighting Atlanta traffic, home responsibilities, and my blog hobby, and it doesn’t leave a lot of free time to work out. I know it sounds like #excuses, and to a degree it is. It also comes back to that whole idea that necessity is the mother of invention and I knew that someone out there had created something that did what I wanted. Dick’s Sporting Goods was a bust though – they had nothing.
When I got home that evening I went online to browse and research; that’s when I found DeskCycle. Apparently it’s been highlighted on a ton of TV shows (The Today Show, CNBC, BBC News, Fox News, etc) but I was out of the loop. I looked up a few of the video clips and was sold. It was exactly what I was looking for so I reached out to the company and they not only offered to send me one to share with you here on the blog but they sent an extra one for me to giveaway to one of you! Awesome!
I had a few concerns…
Initially I was a little bit concerned that it wouldn’t fit under my desk with enough room for me to pedal or that it would be too noisy for me to use at the office without annoying my co-workers with the noise of the pedals and the machine. If that was the case my fallback plan was to use it at home while binge-watching Netflix but the goal was to be able to work out while I was in the office since I’m there for most of the weekday anyway.
I needn’t worry.
At only 10-inches, the DeskCycle has the lowest pedal height of all pedal exercisers on the market and I had zero problem fitting it under the desk and pedaling all day long. I’m 5’2″ and had plenty of room but just to see how it would impact other (taller) people I had a couple of co-workers sit in my seat and test it for themselves. A couple of the guys were particularly tall and had a bit of trouble with their knees hitting the desk but with a few adjustments (pushing the DeskCycle farther away, lowering the seat) they were able to make the adjustments they needed. It’s also super quiet! In fact, no one even knew I had it at the office for the first three days. The DeskCycle uses a touch-free magnetic resistance system rather than the usual friction resistance so it’s smooth to pedal and very, very quiet.
DeskCycle is easy to use and tracks your usage
I’m averaging between 12-15 miles per day on the DeskCycle right now which, to me, is pretty phenomenal. Almost immediately I was feeling a huge difference in my legs and my core from the constant movement and it’s felt incredible. Being sedentary at my desk all day has caused me to gain about 30lbs in the last 2 years and it’s taken a serious toll on my self-confidence. I’ve hated how much weight I’ve gained and how out of shape I’ve let myself become. The DeskCycle has been great for that!
What I particularly love (in addition to it being easy to use, smooth to pedal, and super quiet) is that you can easily change the resistance making it easier or harder to pedal and there is a little fitness tracker that attaches to the front of the DeskCycle. If you’d like to, you can detach it from the bike itself and sit it on your desktop using the extra cord and stand provided to you.
The fitness tracker tracks the distance you’ve pedaled, your speed, the estimated calories you’ve burned, and the total time you’ve spent pedaling. It’s great for those of you that are tracking your activity each day and it helps you get an idea of how much you’re really doing to improve your health.
Is it accurate?
For a more accurate calorie count you can go online to DeskCycle.com and use their calorie calculator there.
On their website you input your sex, height, weight, distance, and time and they calculate the estimated calorie burn according to your statistics. For example, when I checked the counter on the bike itself it had estimated that I burned 349 calories during my day but when I went online to check using my measurements it indicated that I had burned 205.2 calories. I’m more trusting of the online calculator than I am the one on the actual DeskCycle itself just because it takes into accounts my actual body and age rather than a standard estimate based on some random person. Either way, it’s more about movement and cardio health than tracking a specific number of calories for me anyway.
Win a DeskCycle
Now, are you ready to win your own? I’m giving away on DeskCycle to a lucky winner and I promise you, you’re going to love it!