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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"I've been using the TreadDesk for quite some time now and I can't say enough good things about it! The tread itself is quiet, responsive, compact, and sturdy. Working while standing up and walking has been an easy adjustment, and my base speed has increased steadily. I'm a college professor, and have spent the last twenty years sitting at my desk. I set up my computer at my TreadDesk so that when I'm working on it I'm standing or walking. I really wish I had this arrangement from the very beginning. I can't imagine ever going back!"

Alison S. - Bloomington, IL