The Treadmill Desk – Rethinking How We Work
We won't take credit for inventing the Treadmill Desk — we'll give that credit to Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic. But we will take credit for making a better mousetrap.
The Treadmill Desks were designed around how you work. They include a sturdy work surface to easily support your laptop, printer, computer display and other electronics devices. The treadmill console is conveniently located in the front of the desk so it doesn't take space away from the working surface. For comfort and convenience, the TR1200-DT and TR800-DT includes padded arm rests to ensure lasting comfort, and clean cable management with a cable tray tucked under the desk to store your cables.
Designed from the "Ground Up" is a term we have used to describe our Treadmill Desks. To define this term we need to first have a brief discussion on how treadmills work from a mechanical perspective.
Treadmills are designed with a drive motor that is connected to the front roller via a belt. The pulley on the drive motor is much smaller than the pulley on the front roller to create a mechanical advantage. In other words, this allows the motor to spin multiple times around for every time the front roller spins. This works like the gears of a car. The higher the ratio between the front roller and the motor, the more power the motor can transfer to the treadmill belt and the easier it is for the motor to pull you as a user while you're walking on the belt.
One of the challenges in designing a quality treadmill is having strong torque at low speeds without causing the motor to run too fast at high speeds. Most treadmills typically have maximum speeds in the 10-12 MPH range. If the gear ratio is too high, this will cause the motor to spin at an RPM that will wear out the motor quickly, and this is where the discussion on treadmill quality is often centered. Better quality and larger motors will typically be able to have high torque at low speeds and then more easily run within its recommended RPM at the maximum speed.
So when we say the TR1200-DT and TR800-DT is designed from the ground up to be a treadmill desk, mechanically this means we focused on optimizing the torque of the motor at low speeds by increasing the pulley ratio between the motor and the front pulley. In return, we reduced the maximum walking speed to 4 MPH.
The result is a treadmill that can easily operate for hours at a time at low speeds without over-heating or creating excessive stress on the motor and electronics.