I love FlexiSpot products, so it should come as no surprise to hear I already use many of their products every day. I have a FlexiSpot standing desk and FlexiSpot chair that I use to do most of my work every day. They're great. So when FlexiSpot reached out and asked if I wanted to review their new FlexiSpot fitness chair, I couldn't pass up the offer.
The FlexiSpot Sit2Go is similar their FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro V9, except this one doesn't have a desk built into it. It's a chair with pedals, that you can use under most normal height desks. So if you don't have a fancy standing desk, you can still take advantage of the health benefits this desk has to offer.
I've been using the Sit2Go for about a month, so here's my review
FlexiSpot Sit2Go Fitness Chair
Bottom line: A great option for those who want to stay fit while working from home or at the office, but it's not an exercise bike.
- Easy to setup
- Easily adjustable design
- Premium built
- Uncomfortable seat after prolonged use
- Might not fit under some desks
Sit2Go Fitness Chair: Price and availability
The Sit2Go Fitness Chair costs $299 in the United States or £399 in the United Kingdom, and can be purchased directly from FlexiSpot US or FlexiSpot UK's own website. Also, it's worth pointing out that right now, FlexiSpot has a special New Year sale going on right now. Through February 10, you can get money off a number of their products, including desks and chairs. If you've been looking for new office equipment, now is a great time to jump in.
Sit2Go Fitness Chair: What you'll like
The FlexiSpot Sit2go chair features modern, clean, and simplistic design that I don't think would go amiss in an office environment or even at home. It's not too big, and easily manoeuvrable thanks to its included four wheels. The chair itself is adjustable in height, so you can fine tune it to your desk set up perfectly. I found myself having to raise the chair a little so my legs would comfortably rest on the pedals, otherwise pedalling felt a little cramped.
On the subject of pedals, they're perfectly fine. They're large, so there's plenty of room to get a perch on them with your feet. Unlike the Deskcise Pro V9, these pedals don't have straps that keep your feet aligned. That's partly because of the angle in which you're pedalling. On the Deskcise, you were upright with your feet directly below you. On the Sit2Go, the pedals are in front of you.
This serves for a more relaxed pedalling experience. Unlike the Deskcise, I didn't feel as if I needed to concentrate on the pedalling as much, which is good if you need to write a long Word document but can't if you find yourself concentrating on the pedalling too much.
The bike and chair are made out of a mix of strong plastic and metal, but feels perfectly premium when in use. There's a knob to control the resistance strength of the pedals on the main column just above the pedals, as well as a heads-up display that will show you simple stats such as distance travelled and potentially lost calories.
It's an incredibly sturdy chair, with no movement at all when using the pedals or leaning side to side. You can fold the legs underneath the bike if you plan on storing it somewhere other than your desk too, great for keeping things as compact as possible.
Sit2Go Fitness Chair: What you won't like
There's not much to dislike about the Sit2Go if you're buying it for its intended purpose. It's important to remember that this isn't a dedicated piece of gym equipment, meaning it's not really designed for anything more than keeping your blood flowing through your legs throughout the day. If you're looking for a chair that will help you lose weight, this is not the product for you as it's just not built for that.
I'll also say that I don't think the actual chair portion is all that comfortable for prolonged use. It's fine for the first hour or so, but I definitely noticed a sore bottom after a couple of hours. Putting a soft cushion on top of the seat may help with this, but it's something to keep an eye on if you're sensitive to stuff like that.
Finally, be sure to measure your desk height and compare with the lowest height on the Sit2go (56.9cm.) While I found it fits fine under my desk in its sitting position, I don't think this will fit under everyone's desk. Not a problem if you have a height adjustable desk of course, but could be if you don't.
Sit2Go Fitness Chair: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You work from home or in an office and don't have much time away from your desk
- You have a height adjustable desk or a siting desk that has enough room for this chair
- You want something that keeps the blood flowing through your legs throughout the day
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You're not great at multitasking (pedalling and writing, etc.)
- You want to do serious exercising
Overall, I really like what the Sit2Go offers as a product. If you're stuck in an office all day, mostly sitting, you might be thinking about how you can improve your health. You've read the stories about how sitting all day can take years off your life, and whether or not those claims are true don't really matter. You know sitting all day can't be good for you. So, a product like the Sit2Go can help put your mind at ease.
Pedalling on and off throughout the day, keeping your blood flowing through your legs is nothing but a good thing. As long as you understand this isn't an exercise bike, and that it's only designed to keep your legs moving and the blood flowing to reduce the chances of things like blood clots.
I've considered buying one of these but ... well I notice that you, Zac, mention the chair didn't move much at all when pedaling. Did you have this on a chair mat or other hard, slick surface? I use the Vitrazza glass chair mat and my Aeron rolls like socks on a waxed wood floor. I wonder if the glass mat or other chair mats make the desk bike move more?
I was using this on carpet, so that would help in making it not move. Wheels on a flat surface like glass is always going to roll around. You could get wheels with breaks in them to prevent this, or take the wheels off entirely.
Thanks, appreciate the reply/perspective. :)
If this can't be used to generate power to run your PC, what's the point?
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