Friday, July 10, 2015

Having support is wonderful and treadmill desk!

No marriage is perfect... or... another way to say it is that no person is perfect and therefore, no marriage is perfect. Even the best of marriages are just two flawed people trying their best to support themselves and their partners and anyone else in their realm.

Your spouse will annoy you. Your spouse will hurt you. Your spouse may not do exactly what you need them to do, but then, it's ditto for them - you annoy them. You hurt them. And you may not do exactly what he/she needs you to do. The better marriages are the ones where your partner annoys you less than anyone else you might possibly live with. They don't intentionally hurt you, and they try to do what you need them to do - and vice versa.

I think I have a very good marriage. (Even though my husband and I got in a spat last night over cookware... I know... arguments are so reasonable sometimes, right?) Most of the time, we are peaceful, but we are two strong headed people with strong opinions. HOW we make it work is that, thankfully, we are both loving, giving people to those we love especially. That goes a long way in making a relationship work.

So, with all of that said, I was nervous to bring up the idea of getting a treadmill desk. It's not a small expense. I finally got up the courage to mention it as something I think I/we should get and his response was, "I've been looking into those too. I think we should get one. They have gotten a lot better."

Ok, that was a first shock. Now, me, trying to be fair and sharing said, "Maybe we should get one for home as we both need to move more and we both work from home several days a week between the two of us (only Wednesday is one of us not home for either work or leisure and even on leisure days we do a lot of sitting. Like right now... Fridays are my day off and where am I? Sitting at the computer, responding to emails, writing this blog post, reading a forum. all things I could be doing while walking instead of sitting.)

His response, "I think you should get one for your work/office first. See how you like it, try it out, and then if you and I both like it, then we can get another one for home."

Well, blow me over with a feather. My husband is a cheapskate yet he's willing to get two treadmill desks soon! But then, he is also very mindful of health and is willing to spend money on things that improve our quality of life.

And then I realize... "Man... that man really loves me. He truly does." And as I type that I have tears in my eyes. I'm a very lucky woman. I'm also shaking my head and snickering to myself too as my husband does not have an easy personality, but his love is so strong and is just a constant support. Something I so need and something I'm so grateful for and sometimes lose sight of.

So guys!!! I'm getting a treadmill desk!!!!! YAY!!!! I already know what I'm getting too - I'm getting this, the Omega Olympus from iMovR:

Only difference is that I'm getting it electric as right now there is a promotion that makes the electric cheaper than the crank handle, believe it or not!!! AND... on the monitor arm, I'll get one for a laptop and then a separate laptop keyboard/mouse for use while I'm walking. Initially, I'm going to have the main computer on a separate desk and then this one with a laptop. I can always change that out if I want to. Having it be ergonomic is CRUCIAL for me as I run into wrist and shoulder pain and neck pain if I don't position myself well.  Squee!!!

Here is a double wide, double set up of the same desk:

The big decision comes in deciding on which treadmill to go with this desk. This one is the one that everyone says is the best for a single/couple people users: TR1200-DT3

BUT... everyone complains about it having terrible software and annoyances with having to press the treadmill 20 times to get up to speed as it doesn't record where you left off and do a slow start. No, you have to start with .4 and click, click, click unto 1.5 or whatever speed you want to walk.

There is this new firm, iMovR (same maker of the desk) that really does seem to be making a name for itself that is making a new treadmill. Price is a tad higher, but software and annoyances are thought out - hopefully not being replaced by other annoyances, or worse, defects. Do I risk getting a new to market one? or stick to the tried and true one that might soon be considered obsolete (and that one has been around for a few years)? CHOICES!!! Here's the new one: ThermotreadGT.

The deciding BIG factor might be that the new one won't be available until December!!! 6 more months of waiting??? Maybe what I'll do is get the Lifespan one now, and if we love treadmill walking while working, we can get the newer one a bit later once we know what other reviews have to say about it?

Anyway... it's exciting and I had no need to worry to talk about it with my husband at all! He's 100% on board! Woohoo!

More info on the differences between the treadmills:

We’ve compiled below a feature-for-feature comparison between the new iMovR ThermoTread GT, the LifeSpan TR1200-DT3, and TR5000-DT3 treadmill bases:
ThermoTread GTLifeSpan TR1200-DT3LifeSpan TR5000-DT3
Duty CycleNo Usage LimitationsLimited to 6 hours per dayLimited to 10 hours per day
Controller TypeFuture-proof, high resolution, full-color, touch-screen LCD with remotely updateable softwarePrimitive gym-style membrane keyboard and LED displayPrimitive gym-style membrane keyboard and LED display
Displayed Parameters- Distance, Speed, Time, Steps, Calories
- User login
- “Click-wrap” liability waiver
- Usage and goal tracking
- Desk height, monitor height control (with optional CloudStation™ and specific iMovR desk models)
Distance, Speed, Time, Steps, CaloriesDistance, Speed, Time, Steps, Calories
Internet ConnectivityUsing iMovR CloudStation™, real-time connectivity to the iMovR Cloud. Uplinks user and machine performance, downlinks user preferences (for treadmill and desk settings), and numerous other advanced software features expected in 2016Only through a highly unreliable Bluetooth Link, only provides very basic one-way info to a PC.Only through a highly unreliable Bluetooth Link, only provides very basic one-way info to a PC.
Console Dimensions8″ x 7″ x 6″12.5″ x 3″ x 2″12.5″ x 3″ x 2″
Built-in USBFor software updatesFor charging a cell phoneFor charging a cell phone
Motor3.0 HP
4000 RPM
2.25 HP
2400 RPM
3.0 HP
1725 RPM
FanWhisper SilentNoneLoud, always on
Deck TypeBakelite 1″0.75″ phenolic1″ phenolic
Walking Belt Area20″ x 52″20″ x 56″20″ x 56″
Deck HeightUnder 5″6″6″
Deck Suspension6 Compression Shocks6 Compression Shocks6 Compression Shocks
Belt TypeUltra-quiet 2.5mm rubber plus 2-ply fabricStandard 2-plyStandard 2-ply, wax impregnated
Noise Signature
(ear height at 2.0 mph)
42.7 dB48.9 dB49.2 dB
Speed Range0.5 – 2.5 mph0.4 – 4.0 mph0.4 – 4.0 mph
User Weight Rating400 lbs.350 lbs.400 lbs.
Side RailsNon-scuffing aluminumScuff-prone plasticNon-scuffing aluminum
Desk OptionsAll ThermoDesk and Omega models in numerous sizes and colors, with all ergonomic accessories. Omega GT models can be controlled from the treadmill’s desktop controllerLifeSpan DT5, DT7 – one color, one size, no ergonomic keyboard tray optionsLifeSpan DT5, DT7 – one color, one size, no ergonomic keyboard tray options
WeightBase: 149 lbs
Console: 1 lbs
Base: 131 lbs
Console: 3 lbs
Base: 145 lbs
Console: 3 lbs
Overall Footprint67.5″ L x 28.4″ W x 9.5″ H70.5″ L x 29″ W x 9.5″ H70.5″ L x 29″ W x 9.5″ H
Boxed Dimensions79.5″ x 42″ x 15″73.5″ x 30.6″ x 11.4″73.5″ x 30.6″ x 11.4″
Gross Shipping Weight195 lbs132 lbs157 lbs
LubricationEasy-lift belt, no-mess lubrication takes 1 minute.Messy, difficult, lubrication requires removal of motor housing.Wax-impregnated belt the requires replacement when depleted
Warranty3 years on motor
2 years on parts
1 year on labor
3 years on motor
1 years on parts
1 year on labor
3 years on motor
2 years on parts
1 year on labor
Cloud-Direct Connectivity OptionsiMovR CloudStation™ available 2016NoneNone


  1. Oooo so jealous! Gimme gimme gimme!!!

  2. Which did you buy? I'm curious about the thermotread too. is it worth the extra 500$ Do you notice the decreased lengtjh of the belt? Do you wish it went faster? Trying to choose between the LifeSpan TR1200 DT3 and the thermotread.

  3. Hi- I wanted to know if you had any thoughts, after a year with the treadmill on the durability and noise level?