FitDesk Exercise Desk Bike Review

FitDesk is a Workspace and Exercise Desk Bike

For busy people, finding time to work out is often a challenge. But many of us spend hours every day on the computer, in front of the TV or playing video games. FitDesk desk bike was invented just for people like us because it allows you to exercise WHILE you're working or playing, thereby eliminating the struggle to find time in a busy day to work out.

This is the only piece of exercise equipment I've ever owned that I haven't gotten bored with after about two months. I love it!

(Image credit: FitDesk)

Exercise Desk is Great for Work at Home

My FitDesk review

I work at home, so I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk every day, and have been working on finding ways to exercise at my desk. Under desk exercisers, such as pedal exercisers, are inexpensive, but sometimes finding the right position is awkward, and the exercisers have a tendency to move if you pedal too vigorously. Now there's an alternative; FitDesk is a bike and desk together - an exercise desk! The semi-recumbent bike design lets you enjoy the design of a regular exercise bike, and the built-in desk allows you to use your laptop, read a book, watch TV, or play video games while riding. And as far as exercise equipment goes, it's quite affordable - under $300.

What I like best about the FitDesk exercise desk/bike is that you're sitting on a bike, not in a desk chair. With under-desk pedalers, you never get the feeling that you're riding a bike and you're never in quite the same position as you'd be if you're on a bike. You're still sitting in your comfy office chair. With FitDesk, you're sitting on a bike and in position to cycle, so it feels very natural to keep your legs moving while working. For that reason alone, I prefer the FitDesk exercise desk.

As of this update (Dec 2011), I've had my FitDesk bike for about six months, and it is the ONLY exercise machine I've ever owned that I wasn't bored with by this time. That's because I hardly notice that I'm exercising while reading email, posting on Facebook, or creating Squidoo pages. If you spend a lot of time on the computer and want to get some exercise while doing it, I highly recommend this bike. (You can also see my FitDesk Exercise Desk/Bike Review on HubPages.)

But don't just take my word for it. Here are other some pros and cons of the original FitDesk, based on reviews from Amazon customers:

Pros of FitDesk Desk Bike

- Allows you to exercise while you work, watch TV, or playing video games

- Lightweight, folding design makes it easy to move or store

- Seat height can be adjusted

- Quiet and sturdy design

Cons of FitDesk Exercise Bike/Desk

- laptop attachment is basically a giant rubber band

- some users say the seat isn't very comfortable (reviews based on old seat, but new seat, offered in Feb 2011, is better!)

- some complained that the shelf to hold laptop is simple molded foam

(Photo of the new FitDesk X1 by Lisa Howard)

The Original FitDesk Exercise Desk Bike - Burn calories while you work

This is the original FitDesk model shown below. There's also a newer X1 version now, that has a completely redesigned desktop and new features such as a massage bar.

FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk
FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk

Manufacturer description: Imagine surfing the web, checking email, keeping up with friends, beating the next level on your favorite game, or finishing that big deadline, all while losing weight and improving your cardiovascular health. Now you can converge health and productivity with FitDesk. This unique patent pending design provides comfortable placement of your elbows to steady and free your hands for typing, surfing, gaming and beyond! Read our feedback and reviews to see what people are saying (New comfort seat starting 2-1-2011). Major research studies show that if you exercise while doing the things you already do you are more likely to increase consistency and duration. Weighing in at only 38 lbs FitDesk is the lightest and most compact "X" bike made. We did not stop there. FitDesk also is safer and more comfortable design by using our suspension strap which eliminates the pinch point found on other low cost "X" bikes.


FitDesk X1 - The new and improved version!

If you ask me, the only thing better than the original FitDesk is the new and improved X1 model. It has a sliding desk platform, improved cycle meter with odometer, massage rollers for your arms, and a backrest for the seat.

FitDesk Video - See this exercise desk bike in action

Turn Your Fitness Equipment into an Exercise Desk - SurfShelf is an inexpensive alternative if you already own exercise equipment

If you already have fitness gear at home and don't want to add any piece of equipment, FitDesk may not be the answer for you. Instead, you may want to turn your existing equipment into an exercise desk with the addition of an inexpensive SurfShelf.

SurfShelf Treadmill Desk: Laptop and iPad Holder
SurfShelf Treadmill Desk: Laptop and iPad Holder

Amazon product description: The SurfShelf treadmill desk attaches any laptop or portable DVD player to most any exercise machine. It is the perfect laptop holder for your treadmill, exercise bike, elliptical trainer, etc.

Catch the TV shows you missed, watch DVD movies, Facebook, email, Twitter or do some work, all while you get fit.

Daily exercise is essential for a happy & healthy life, but with our busy schedules, it's hard to fit everything in. Now you can! Do your morning emails on the treadmill & your workout is done!


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What Do You Think of the FitDesk Exercise Desk Bike? 30 comments

p90xlean 5 years ago

pretty handy is you ask me.

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Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

maybe a good move

fitdeskbike 5 years ago

What a great way to help make checking emails and social connections the motivator that gets you to start your daily exercise. The reviews on Amazon are proof that FitDesk is the answer to the sedentary lives caused by these reading great sites like this on the web. It works I have one and writing this now.

anonymous 5 years ago

Don't just sit, get Fit !

Love the Fitdesk, it is great ! ! ! !

Chardoo 5 years ago

Looks interesting but is it comfortable for long term?

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LisaDH 5 years ago Author

@Chardoo: There are a lot of reviews on Amazon from people who say the seat isn't comfortable, but I bought mine after they changed to a new seat, and I can easily ride for an hour without a problem. If I ride for longer, I do find it gets a bit uncomfortable, but it's much better than my "real" bike, which makes me sore after a very short period if I don't ride it for a long time.

fitdeskbike 5 years ago

The reviews are all very positive. See them on You can not make this stuff up. It really does make it easier to get in daily exercise. One thing leads to another. You owe it to yourself to try one. 100% refund too!

fitdeskbike 5 years ago

The reviews are all very positive. See them on You can not make this stuff up. It really does make it easier to get in daily exercise. One thing leads to another. You owe it to yourself to try one. 100% refund too!

sls450 5 years ago

Great lens. I plan on buying one so I can exercise and squidoo.

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LisaDH 5 years ago Author

@sls450: It's great for Squidooing! Every lens I've created in the last few months has been done while I ride my FitDesk. Another lensmaster using FitDesk is Greekgeek. Check out her lens if you want another positive review:

aishu19 5 years ago

Oh my god!! I had no idea such exercise desks existed!! I have been struggling to find time to exercise with my schedule...I t hink I just found the way!

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Ramkitten2000 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

I would definitely use one of these.

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M Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

Wow, sounds like work to me, AT work...

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Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

What a clever idea. Has anyone figured out a way for it to power electronics. I might have to look into this. Thanks for the heads-up.

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patriciapeppy 5 years ago

I think the fit desk is a good idea but really I don't know how anybody can work and peddle at the same time. I know I can't lol

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LisaDH 5 years ago Author

@Ann Hinds: That's a cool idea! It would be great if I could power my laptop while riding. There's probably some type of converter that could make it happen, although I suspect I might have to ride faster. :-)

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LisaDH 5 years ago Author

@patriciapeppy: Sure you can, Patricia! :-) It's really not hard at all. The only thing I avoid while riding my FitDesk is very precise image editing because you need a steady hand for that. But typing while riding is easy. The only real problem comes if I ride too fast and sweat a lot because then I worry about getting perspiration on the keyboard. But that's easy to solve -- I simply don't exercise that hard! :-) But I'm still about halfway to my goal of losing 50 lbs. in a year.

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sherioz 5 years ago

I have a stationary bike and if I don't make too many excuses for why I'm too tired to ride it, I actually use it every once in a while. It would be great if I could fit it with a table-top for my laptop, but then I would find excuses even then. As it is, I try to get up the energy to peddle while watching the evening news. Don't know what gets my pulse going more - the peddling or the frustration of watching what is happening in the world.

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Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

It looks awesome! I have a very nice treadmill though, so I have been thinking about something like the surf shelves they have available.

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MarcoG 4 years ago from Edinburgh

This is an absolutely amazing idea! Must get one!

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linhah lm 4 years ago from California

Love this and I want one!

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natural stress r 4 years ago

Pretty Cool! This is like killing 2 birds with one and exercise at the same time. What a great idea!

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Escapes2 4 years ago

I've been looking for exercise bike that fits under the desk. I like this one!

melisayuhaniz 4 years ago

great ideas

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bothewebguy 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

I may need to get one of these desk bikes

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Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

Someone was really brilliant to come up with a desk that you could exercise with. Nifty idea.

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SheGetsCreative 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

Nifty enough for me to add to my pinterest boards!

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MoreThanAMama 3 years ago

Oh my goodness, this thing is GENIUS!!! I must have one! Thanks for sharing this great find.

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nomorestatic34 3 years ago

I so need this I'm tired of typing and doing nothing. Wave of the future. #fitdesk

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Femke-R 2 years ago from Europe

I love to hear if you are still using this? (The last update you gave was of 2011)

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