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Inclusa
2014-Sep-21, 04:13 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/hamster-wheel-standing-de_n_5837086.html

I laughed for that as an office desk, but is it a realistic exercise equipment?
I don't know if it is really better than treadmills, though.

novaderrik
2014-Sep-21, 06:52 AM
what is so bad about a good old fashioned chair?
if you want to get exercise while you work, then get a job that involves manual labor.. i move parts around that weigh between 50 and 600 pounds 10-12 hours a day, 4 days a week... i'm down 25 pounds in the 6 months i've been there...

Noclevername
2014-Sep-21, 07:42 AM
It works exactly like a treadmill, except it takes up more room, and with no safety handrail.

grant hutchison
2014-Sep-21, 12:57 PM
Don't take it seriously. It's not an exercise machine, it's art - a statement about the nature of working at a desk for a living.

We considered adding in brakes but decided against it in order to really force the productivity out of the desk user.
http://www.instructables.com/id/ENDSM1RHY8IPJ93/
They designed and built it in 24 hours.

Grant Hutchison

Solfe
2014-Sep-21, 01:35 PM
Bah! My kids would escape. :)

Trebuchet
2014-Sep-21, 07:15 PM
Hamster wheels for humans: Do they work at all?
Sure they do! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Blide_middelaldercentret.jpg)

Noclevername
2014-Sep-21, 07:28 PM
Sure they do! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Blide_middelaldercentret.jpg)

Is it just me, or does that design look especially... um, Freudian?

Trebuchet
2014-Sep-21, 07:39 PM
Oh come now, it isn't even cocked.

Noclevername
2014-Sep-21, 07:54 PM
Oh come now, it isn't even cocked.
Good thing I'm not drinking coffee.

Trebuchet
2014-Sep-21, 08:13 PM
Yikes! That came out WAY more suggestive than I intended.

grant hutchison
2014-Sep-21, 09:44 PM
Sure they do! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Blide_middelaldercentret.jpg)Interesting. A trebuchet cranked by human wheels featured in Neil Oliver's recent BBC programme about the Battle of Bannockburn: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lyxwj. (Can't quite remember why now - probably something to do with the Siege of Stirling Castle.)
Are there a lot of that kind of trebuchet around?

Grant Hutchison

Trebuchet
2014-Sep-22, 12:26 AM
Interesting. A trebuchet cranked by human wheels featured in Neil Oliver's recent BBC programme about the Battle of Bannockburn: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lyxwj. (Can't quite remember why now - probably something to do with the Siege of Stirling Castle.)
Are there a lot of that kind of trebuchet around?

Grant Hutchison

Two, that I know of -- this one, on the island where my Danish ancestors lived, and one in the UK built by the same folks. Most simply aren't big enough to need it. This one, I've read, can actually be cocked by one person in the wheel. Similar wheels were used for hoisting, etc. There's an original 500-year-old one still intact in a cathedral somewhere or other.

There is a modern version used by one of the teams in the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin, but the person climbs the outside of it. It doesn't work very well from what I've seen.

grant hutchison
2014-Sep-22, 08:32 AM
Two, that I know of -- this one, on the island where my Danish ancestors lived, and one in the UK built by the same folks.Ah, that makes sense - the people demonstrating the thing had British accents. Oliver and another person worked one of the cocking wheels together, but that may just have been for the purposes of the TV.

Grant Hutchison

Swift
2014-Sep-22, 03:02 PM
Don't take it seriously. It's not an exercise machine, it's art - a statement about the nature of working at a desk for a living.

http://www.instructables.com/id/ENDSM1RHY8IPJ93/
They designed and built it in 24 hours.

Grant Hutchison
I believe the original design work for this equipment was actually done by the automaker Kia (http://www.autoevolution.com/news/nielsen-s-top-auto-ad-award-won-by-kia-hamsters-34536.html#), which uses it in their design offices.

:D