Friday, August 23, 2013

Fitness Friday: Treadmill Desk

I first got the idea for a treadmill desk after seeing Al Roker from the Today Show use his. I don't know what kind he has, but there are some really fancy ones that you can buy for A LOT of money. The cheapest one I found was $479! So, I mentioned to mr. C that I would love to have a treadmill desk and BAM! He made it happen.


He said it was a pretty simple process, so I'm going to let him tell you about it!

Hi.  First let me start by stating that this is my first attempt at blogging, as it was in making a treadmill desk.

I researched homemade treadmill desks on the internet, of course, and there were many listings.  I eventually selected a video that was well done.  I wish I could give proper credit to the girl who made that video, but I do not have that info anymore.

Basically, here it is:  Select a proper, desired sized board, get 2 brackets.  Put them together, and Voila!

For the board, I went with a 1inch x 12 inch board approximately 5 feet long, plain pine, straight and smooth as I could find, and of course with the best looking grain.

Now the brackets.  Most brackets would work, and there are many designs to choose from in the home improvement type stores.  As it turns out, the style I found and selected are heavy duty, and rated for far more than I needed for this project.  But they would work.


Some assembly required! (Very little)  Now place the board across the handle / rails of the treadmill and get the table / board to the position you want.  With the brackets loosely in place flush to the underside of the board, and straddling the treadmill handle / rails, simply mark where the brackets are to be attached.  Now, simply remove from the treadmill, and attach the brackets to the underside of the board in the previously determined locations.  Just make sure the screws you use are shorter than the board is thick.  Feel free to sand and paint or stain your desktop.  Not necessary. You should then be the proud owner and designer of a wonderful, practical treadmill desk.


I didn't realize just how much use I would be getting out of the homemade treadmill desk that mr. C made me, but it has been very nice to have while I'm on the sidelines dealing with my hip flexor issues. I can spend hours walking and working and feel little guilt about my blogging activities ;)


Happy Friday everyone!

What homemade fitness gear have you (or your other) made to save money?



29 comments:

  1. This is so awesome!!! Can he come build me one ;)

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  2. SO AWESOME!! I don't think I am coordinated enough to use on of these - I am a total clutz. But I do think they are very cool

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  3. What a great idea! Do you get dizzy at all while using it? I've tried to read magazines before on the treadmill and I just end up getting really dizzy and stopping!

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  4. Great idea! I could really use one of those! I don't know how they would like me doing that to the apartment gym treadmills though! :)

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  5. That's pretty cool... See? Now you can be on Twitter AND get your workout in.

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  6. Love this Amy! I may have Chad add a desk for me so I can finally try the treadmill desk experience. Too expensive for something I just wanted to try. Who knows. Maybe I will love it :)

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  7. Since I'm just using it while I'm walking, I don't. My speed is usually 3 or below.

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  8. Love it! Not sure I'd be able to do more than a slow walk without getting dizzy or falling!

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  9. I like that I can walk while I work instead of sit. It's just come in very handy while I'm injured too!

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  10. I know, I would never try it while running ;) Too dangerous!

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  11. If you can walk and use your cell phone, you could use this!

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  12. haha, they might not like it, but if you wanted to carry it with you, it's totally portable.

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  13. I love it! I've been so curious about treadmill desks and this is a very inexpensive way to try it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is absolutely Genius! Your Mr. did a great job. I don't know if I would be coordinated enough to run and do work at the same time!

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  15. They just got a professional version at my work (like it is an actual "work while you walk treadmill" out of the box) and they have it at different buildings each month for people to try. I tried it out and to be honest it was really hard to get used to and I found it pretty challenging to get work done... but I guess for me I really don't want to do work while I am working out. Working out is my "getting away from work" time :) I guess I just don't want to associate the two, but that having been written I am very impressed at how you put this together and appreciate you writing about it!
    It is definitely an ingenious way of putting it together and perhaps if I had one at home I could get more used to.
    Great Post!


    Chris
    http://www.mavrocatstrength.com

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