I bought this the first day is was available on amazon.ca.....I had been waiting for it to be available so that I didn't have to pay shipping from the states to Canada.... They increased the price to cover their extra customs charges and I was fine with that....still MUCH cheaper than shipping from US.
BUT....I got an email a few days after my purchase that they were going to refund me $70 because they changed their mind about the increased price!!!! I have never ever heard of a company doing this - they won my loyalty and I will recommend a TrekDesk without hesitation.... I am currently walking at 1.5mph while I type this. after only 58 minutes I have burned 183 calories that I otherwise never would have if I was just sitting at my desk....it's a no brainer! If you have a desk job - make it a TrekDesk job!!!!
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Happy with purchase. Item is well packaged, it arrived in excellent condition. Many screws to assemble unit. Preferably need use of a power drill. Easy to assemble, instructions are straight forward. The desk is sturdy and a great value for the price, specially if it comes with free delivery.
I recommend this desk to all those who have the bad habit of sitting at a computer for hours on end. I was one of those and of course suffered poor blood circulation below the knees (due of course to sitting too long). My wife always complained that I had ice cold feet at night when crawling into bed. Well I'm happy to report that my condition has greatly improved since using the TrekDesk. I could sort of say that the TrekDesk saved our marriage, lol. Just kidding of course. Anyhow, all that said, it's a great investment in health. I get well over 10,000 to 20,000 steps per day that I would not have gotten otherwise.
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197 of 202 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely love my Trekdesk!Oct. 8 2009
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I have been waiting for months for the Trekdesk to be released. I ordered mine minutes after receiving the email that it was available to order (I was on the waitlist). I had lofty expectations for this product. Now that I have been using it for a few days I can safely report that Trekdesk has met all my expecations. I am thrilled with my new office routine!
Let me start with the bad to get it out of the way. I am nit-picking here. These are fairly minor complaints. THE BAD:
- Assembly instructions could be more helpful. It took me 45 minutes to assemble the desk, although I admitedly am not much of a handyman. Others could probably assemble it in half that time. The instructions were detailed, but do not have drawings/pictures which would have been very helful to me. The video helped some, but I wish it also was more detailed in showing assembly steps. I was surprised at the number of parts to assemble...and the number of screws. It would be helpful to have the different size screws in separate bags instead of all in one bag.
- Difficulty accessing the treadmill control panel under the Trekdesk. I believe Trekdesk recommends a treadmill with a side panel instead of the panel in front. However, my treadmill has the front panel, which sits under the Trekdesk. I can't see the treadmill display without performing gymnastic contortions. Also, must reach under the Trekdesk to press the start/stop buttons on the treadmill. However, after a few hours I was used to the routine. I haven't changed the speed or incline on the treadmill since the first day anyway, so no need to have easy access to the control panel.
- cord control. They should add features for tying down cords somewhere. Between the computer, monitor, phone, printer, etc....lots of cords running from the desk.
- Not a full-time desk. I found that I like to alternate between a chair and the treadmill during the day. I work/walk for a couple hours and then spend a half hour sitting at the desk. However, I have only been using the treadmill for 2 days and noticed that today I spent a lot more time on the treadmill than I did the first day. Ok, you have probably guessed I am not the picture of fitness (yet).
Now for all the good stuff... THE GOOD: - solid construction. When I ordered I was a little worried this would be a cheap product because the price was a fraction of other treadmill workstations. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the desk when unpacking the box.
- packaging. Speaking of unpacking..no way this desk will be damaged during shipping. All parts are fit into layers of custom-molded styrofoam.
- video tutorial for assembling.
- adjustable height. I am 6' 3, and the Trekdesk fits me perfectly when I am on the treadmill. I could still raise it a couple more inches if I wanted to.
- customer service. I emailed customer service with a question and received a response and helpful instructions within an hour.
- large desk. Plenty or room for a work area, even with a laptop docked and a monitor/keyboard/mouse.
- the best news of all is that it works! I feel great during and after work. I have been working from home for quite some time now, and have been feeling more and more lethargic sitting in my chair all day long. What a difference the Trekdesk makes! I had more energy today at work than I have had in a long time. It only took minutes to get used to walking while typing away at the keyboard or using the mouse. The setup feels quite natural now. I use all the accessories that came with the desk, especially the cup holders. Those are a nice touch. Overall, I have no reservations about recommending the Trekdesk. It has been well worth the purchase price to me.
147 of 151 people found the following review helpful
Was skeptical - now a convert!April 15 2013
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I purchased my TrekDesk about 6 months ago but it sat in it's box for a few months before I got around to pairing it with the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill (also bought from Amazon). I was pretty skeptical at first - especially after reviewing the most negative review video.
I work mostly at home as an IT consultant and have lived a very sedentary life as a result and have put on at least 50lbs too much and really needed to make a change in my life. If I was going to do this - I really needed to 1) keep it under budget (we have 5 kids at home etc.) and 2) I needed enough space to hold all my stuff (I use three monitors with my PC) and it had to hold it all steadily. It's now been 8 weeks since I started using my new desk/treadmill and I wanted to tell my experience.
Pre-workout and building courage phase:
Once I received my treadmill I was finally forced to open the box for the desk and to begin to build it. I was pleasantly surprised at the build construction. From the negative video - the guy makes it look like it will fall over and collapse by barely touching it so I remained skeptical still. It took me only about 45 minutes (in total - in between visits from my little guys asking if they can help every 2 min.) I am only 5'8 (got shorter due to paratrooper days in the Army :) and found that I the default height of the lowest setting fit me perfectly. With the treadmill in place I stand very comfortably with my hand easily being able to reach my keyboard and other items I need to use without issue. There is at least enough room to raise it another 10 inches for those less vertically-challenged like me.
I proceeded to move all three of my 27inch LCD monitors, two laptops, a speakerphone and still have plenty of room for water bottles and other misc. stuff that adds up without being too cluttered. In the end, found that not only did I have enough space for all of this, but it was all quite stable (unlike how the guy in the video tries to show you that it is all very unstable and cheap). In short - I am very pleased with the construction. The desk is foldable like a folding table and can be easily moved - love that too.
Now I have my TrekDesk next to my old fat guy desk in my office so I can easily switch as needed.
Now on to actual use..
Week 1: Ouch! My feet are killing me! This will take some time to get used to for sure.. Typing and talking - well not too easy to do at initially. It took me a few days to get used to it if I concentrated. I started off at a speed of 1.0 to get used to things ending at 1.2 for the week. I would run in 30 minutes 'sets' as long as I could stand it - but I had to take frequent breaks too.
Week 2: OMG my feet HURT. I am using regular gym shoes but really have not gotten used to the standing bit. I have increased my pace from 1.5 to 2.0 though and I sweat pretty strongly at this setting. I where shorts and tank while working - that's pretty cool huh? By the end of this week I was starting to get more encouraged though.
Week 3: Ok - feet are beginning to adjust and don't hurt so bad. I have some soreness in my legs and back but it was ok since I was actually feeling pretty good about it. I have started to really get into drinking water. So far - the desk hasn't broken down at all - everything remains functional and stable. The treadmill I bought has been holding up as well. The noise level is quiet enough that I can be on my USB speakerphone (Using MS Lync) and no one on the call complains and when asked about it they tell me that they don't hear anything :)
Week 4: Now I am starting to feel like this is a habit. I decided to go out and buy a FitBit Ultra (yes Amazon as well) so that I can keep track of my steps, calories, and distance. I have also started a push program that when I pause I do some sets of pushups in-between meetings etc.
Week 5-8: Using the FitBit has really made a difference now as well. At the end of week 8, according to the FitBit, I am averaging over 10,000 steps a day (over 4 sets of 30 minutes at ~2.0 MPH), burn close to 2,000 calories a day, and have greatly reduced my calorie intake. I am now losing weight at a clip of around 1.5 to 2 lbs a week and have not felt this good in a long long time. I now have loads of energy and when I wake up tired, once I get going, I wake up and stay awake all day (before I started I was tired all the time and really had a hardtime staying focused.).
I really have to credit the TrekDesk people with making what I consider an economical but well designed product, as well as low cost Confidence Power Plus Treadmill and FitBit. I spent around $800 for all of this and I consider it truly a life change for me. Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. If you have the money - then naturally you can spend more but for me, I am very happy with this purchase.
On a last note - I built a small stand for the middle monitor to sit on that is open in the middle with two 10 inch sides and the top is 18 inches across - both being 10 inches deep. This lets me reach the treadmill controls and be able to see the timer on it without issue.
I hope you find my little review informative!
153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic way to workFeb. 8 2010
Trinity Aviation Group
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I've been looking at workspace / desk options for a couple of years. I first saw the concept of "Walk / Work" with a product made be SteelCase. Theirs is a nice looking unit with a built-in treadmill, but two major problems: 1) Extremely expensive, and 2) The built-in treadmill is essentially featureless. So I kept looking and came across TrekDesk. I dropped some hints with my wife about the TrekDesk for Christmas and sure-enough, there was a huge box under the tree on Christmas morning. I put the TrekDesk together in about 25 minutes with only minor tools, and not-so-handy handyman skills. I found the TrekDesk simple and easy to put together... some reviews here suggest that it is difficult to assemble. Personally, I'm all thumbs and found it very simple, with good pictures and diagrams in the assembly directions.
Despite the advice at TrekDesk, I thought it would be a good idea to put the speed up on the Treadmill to 2-3mph (seemed slow compared to Gym workout), however i found within a few minutes that was much too fast. After 6 weeks of near-constant use, I find that anywhere from .8-1 mph is perfect for me. That is the speed (for me) that I can carry on a very normal conversation, type comfortably, file, sort, etc. At that rate, I get more energy than I give... overall a very comfortable pace. By the way I bought the NordicTrak Elite 9500 pro for about $850 and find it to be a great match with the TrekDesk. The tread portion of the 9500 is long enough that I can actually run on the treadmill for my workouts without needing to move or adjust my desk.
Six weeks in:
1.) Very Even Energy -- no afternoon lows, or mid-morning blahs... I have consistent energy during the day (averaging about 5-6 miles / day) 2.) Low Back Pain Gone -- I've had chronic lower back pain for years. I'm now convinced that pain was from tight hip flexors caused by sitting in conventional chair all day. My back pain isn't better, it is completely gone. 3.) Weight Loss -- I wasn't expecting or wanting to lose weight, so not a big surprise there for me. If I ate the same amount of food and made the same choices I used to make... I'd probably be losing at least 1 lb / week. I view this more as a "eat-whatever-you-want-and-not-gain-weight" proposition!
I thought that I'd want to keep my old sitting desk and have the TrekDesk for a couple of hours each day, but I'm 100% on the TD now (averaging 25-30 miles / week), and no longer have a sit desk at the office. The office staff thinks I'm a bit wierd, but I've never felt better and had more fun at the office.
656 of 751 people found the following review helpful
Why I Returned My Trek DeskFeb. 9 2011
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I am writing this review while walking on a treadmill - but the desk is no longer a Trek Desk.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
#1 Health Decision for 2010--Highly recommend the trek deskFeb. 3 2010
Patricia D. Brown
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I saw the benefits of a trek desk on TV early in 2009 and waited patiently until the product was released and a few reviews had been posted. Then I took the plunge and made my own purchase. My job has me in a chair at a desk all day long and sitting for hours was killing my health. So, I hoped that the Trek Desk would be the remedy and I waited for a few weeks of use to write my review. I love my Trek Desk and it was worth the money.
Here are the pros: 1) It's exactly what I had hoped for. I've gradually, day by day, transitioned the activities I did in my chair at my desk to my Trek Desk. But make no mistake, it is a transition to change those habits of where you "do your work". So, give it several weeks to get used to your new workspace. 2) In no time at all on a daily basis, without giving it a thought, I walk 3 miles and I'm in the middle of the work transition between chair/desk & Trek Desk. 3) It's a spacious work surface--I have my laptop, my monitor, phone, papers spread out and no shortage of work space. 4) It's easily moveable away from your treadmill(but a bit awkward to move by one person because its large).
Here is the only con: Installation 1) Yes, installation was intimidating and the written instructions are not the place to start--watch the video. I asked my husband to put this together for me as a favor (because he is good at this kind of thing) and it still took him over 45 minutes. He watched the video twice and understood what he had to do. He wasn't at all confused, but it still took that much time to put together. 2) It took two of us to lift it up after installation and to easily put it in place--so call a friend over for assistance! I wouldn't have wanted to be lifting this myself. 3) You need space to put it together and maneuever the desk into position onto the treadmill. 4) When they tell you that you need a power screw driver/drillbit--yes, you do!
Advice to become a happy trek desk user: 1) Expect that the first 3 days, you will spend time experimenting/adjusting it higher/lower as you figure out what works best for you ergonomically and for access to your treadmill controls. 2) I think it's unlikely that someone would instantly be able to shift 100% of his/her work from his/her previous work setting to the trek desk. Recognize that you are "breaking" old work habits and allow for a gradual transition. 3) I found, because I'm a bit clumsy, that I had to acquire some new habits of combining walking and working to avoid dumb outcomes (losing my balance!). 4) Some positions for me were awkward--if I'm walking forward, my work had to be in front of me (and not to the side). The desk is large enough that you could be turned to the side left or right, but I can't manage that unless perhaps I slowed the treadmill down. 5) I tend to get on and off the treadmill alot, so I need easy access to the pause button. 6) I have found it motivating to let the mileage accumulate on the treadmill display all day. Otherwise, I don't think I'd be aware of just how far I've actually walked.