Tread mill-desk is up and walking

Posted by: Tom Spalding, The Indianapolis Star    |    Friday, January 25, 2008 7:00 am

Corporate wellness is one of today's hottest trends, but Jerry Carr says his invention once would have been too wacky for the workplace. The 47-year-old Fishers entrepreneur has created a fitness machine, aptly named TreadDesk, that allows a person to work at his or her desk while walking on treadmill. "Ten years ago, this was not a viable business option," Carr said. "But corporate wellness is such an important word in today's business world, and the timing couldn't be better." Carr launched his company in December at a cost of $75,000 after he quit his job as a sports industry salesman. That job kept him in a sedentary position that he said led to a 20-pound weight gain. He moved a conventional treadmill into the office to help him shed the weight, but found he couldn't work while working out on a machine next to his desk. With his invention, Carr said he can make calls and burn calories. Carr forecasts first-year sales of $1.36 million.

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