With our lives getting busier and busier, more and more of us are seeking ways to multi-task our exercise. When it comes to getting in your cardio workout, the ultimate multi-tasking device is the under-desk elliptical. So, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of these little machines on the market. Today, we take a close look at one of the most popular - the FitDesk 3040 Under-Desk Elliptical.
Benefits of Under Desk Elliptical Machines
The major benefit of the under-desk elliptical is the ability to multi-task. The machine allows you to work out while you are working. That’s because you can place the unit under your desk and pedal as you work. Under desk cycles are also much cheaper than full-size units, making them affordable to a wider range of people. These cardio machines are suitable for fitness, toning, cardio, and weight loss. The elliptical motion is easier on the joints than cycling. Most good quality under desk cycles can be used in either a standing or seated position - and they offer multiple levels of resistance.
Design and construction
The FitDesk under-desk elliptical is an incredibly compactly designed unit. With a maximum height of just 8 inches, it is two inches more compact than the market-leading Cubii Jr. This means that you can use it with desks as low as 25 inches. This unit is made from heavy-duty plastic construction. The solid base provides stability. The hands-free resistance shifter allows you to adjust the resistance levels without having to bend down.
The elliptical motion of the FitDesk provides a very smooth, natural and joint-friendly motion. Unlike nearly every other under-desk elliptical, the FitDesk uses a fluid shuffle motion that you usually only get on large ellipticals. This provides a smooth motion for your legs while preventing your knees from hitting the bottom of your desk. You can also pedal both forward and backward on this unit.
The FitDesk 3040 comes with a removable digital display monitor that records all of your essential training data. The monitor can be taken from the base and placed on your desk so that you can easily see your workout progress. You even get a desk stand for the display monitor. An extension cord is also supplied to enable the display to stay connected to the FitDesk 3040.
The maximum rotation height of 8 inches is a key feature of this under-desk elliptical. It is, in fact, the lowest pedal height available. You also get a large pedal platform to ensure a comfortable, secure foot placement.
Dimensions and Weight
The dimensions of the FitDesk 3040 are 28.4 x 11.3 x 18.4 inches. The length and width are among the largest that you will find. However, the height, which is the most critical factor, is not, with the actual pedal rotation height being 8 inches. The weight of just under 13 pounds is among the lightest that we have come across.
The FitDesk 3040 provides you with eight levels of magnetic resistance. In combination with the high-velocity flywheel, this provides whisper-quiet operation which is ideal for office situations, where you need your exercise to be unobtrusive.
FitDesk provides you with a one year warranty on the frame, with a 90-day warranty on the parts.
What’s Not So Good
There are not many things to dislike about the FitDesk 3040. One of them is its large profile and sizable footprint. Despite having a very low pedal height, the width and length of the machine are among the largest we have come across. There is also no carry handle with this unit, which would have been a handy addition.
What others are saying about the FitDesk under desk elliptical?
There are a large number of reviews online from certified purchasers of the FitDesk 3040. A number of the reviewers mentioned the low rotation profile which allowed them to use the machine with low desks. Many people also mentioned the very smooth, natural elliptical motion of the pedals and the handy foot enabled resistance adjustment, which means that you don’t have to bend down to adjust the resistance level.
Can FitDesk help me lose weight?
Yes, the FitDesk can help you to lose weight. However, the calorie burn when using an under-desk elliptical will not be as great as when using a full-body elliptical. That’s because it only involves your lower body. When using the FitDesk to lose weight, you must combine your workouts with a reduced-calorie diet that cuts back processed carbs and sugars.
Can I use WD40 to stop the squeaking noise?
Yes, WD40 is an effective lubricant to help eliminate any squeaky noise that comes from you FitDesk. However, your purchase of the FitDesk does come with a small bottle of oil to lubricate the wheels.
Do I need batteries for operation?
Yes, two AA batteries are required to operate the display console. Your purchase of the FitDesk comes with a pair of batteries.
The FitDesk 3040 under-desk elliptical is a solid, sturdy under desk cardio machine that has a few unique features. The first is the low profile of the rotation height which allows you to train on desks that are just 25 inches from the floor. The second is the hand's free resistance change system which means you don’t have to bend down to adjust the resistance. Finally, the FitDesk provides you with one of the most fluid glide systems you will find on an under-desk elliptical. It all adds up to a very impressive portable cardio unit!