iMovR Thermo Tread GT Treadmill Desk Review – 2020

Last Updated: May 20, 2020

The iMovR ThermoTread GT is touted as the first walking treadmill designed “from the ground up” for an exclusive office-environment. The ThermoTread is not a watered-down running treadmill that was simplified for office use; instead, it is a walking treadmill designed specifically to be used for multiple hours per day at a very slow pace. This is an important distinction because running treadmills do not hold up well for extended use at a slow pace as a high-torque, low speed operation is hard on the drivetrain. The iMovR ThermoTread GT has a max speed of 2.5mph, which is ideal for working at a desk. It has also been specifically calibrated with a powerful motor, quiet belt and durable design to operate at low speeds and high torque for several hours per day. The iMovR ThermoTread also has a web-enabled touchscreen display that sits conveniently on your standing desk.

iMovR ThermoTread GT with desk review

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Who It’s For: The iMovR ThermoTread GT is a quiet office treadmill for professionals who spend hours per day at their desk

This under desk treadmill is best suited for those who:

  • Spend many hours in an office setting
  • Are looking for a top of the line walking treadmill with no maximum limit for hours walked per day
  • Already have a standing desk
  • Value durability and specified product design
  • Are looking for something subtle that slides under your standing desk
  • Can operate an easy to use console that sits on your desk
Pros
  • Designed specifically for office use — this is not a converted running treadmill
  • Designed specifically for office use — this is not a converted running treadmill
  • Powerful 3.0 HP motor is self-cooling and supports unlimited hours of walking
  • Upgraded 1” Bakelite deck reinforces walking surface stability to resist cracking or other signs of breakdown
  • Smooth 2-ply belt slides quietly underfoot
  • Two wheels under motor housing on the front end make it so you can tilt and roll the treadmill under your desk or out of the way when needed
Cons
  • This system does not include a desk – pair the treadmill with your own standing desk
  • Higher priced than comparable walking treadmills without a desk


FeaturesSpecifications
  • Unlimited Duty Cycle 3.0 HP Motor 4000 rpm
    • The iMovR ThermoTread GT was designed to be a walking treadmill from the beginning. It has a self-cooling unlimited duty cycle motor that supports the high-torque, high-friction nature of slower walking speeds.
  • 20” x 50” walking area
    • This provides plenty of both lateral and fore/aft space while walking and should support the stride of most walkers.
  • 5” Step Up Height
    • Low step-up height makes it easy to step on and off
  • 6 Compression Shocks
    • Cushioning in the deck makes it so you can walk comfortably for longer periods of time
  • 42.7 dB noise output
    • The noise output of the iMovR ThermoTread GT is one of the quietest on the market. It won’t disturb those around you.
  • .5 – 2.5mph speed range
    • Ideal for office use, the treadmill is designed to support speeds that enable users to work while walking
  • 400lb max user weight
    • This high max user weight will support pretty much any size worker
  • High resolution touchscreen LCD
    • This high-resolution touchscreen is easy to see and use with multiple functions and screen readouts
  • USB port for easy downloads
    • Download updates as needed via the USB por
  • Basic Display: Distance, speed, time, calories
    • Distance, speed, time and calories are automatically displayed on the screen for each user profile.
  • 5 User profiles
    • 5 different profiles can be created if you have multiple people using a workstation
  • Internet connection enabled
    • The console is enabled to work with your internet connection to sync with the iMovR CloudStation to track your fitness stats, like a step counter, data storage, and multi-device control.
  • NEAT Certified
    • The ThermoTread is a NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) certified product. Using this treadmill will increase energy expenditure to help overcome the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Construction:

  • Unlimited Duty Cycle
  • 3.0 HP motor 4000 rpm
  • Ultra-quiet fan, automatic activation
  • Bakelite 1” Deck
  • 20” x 50” walking area
  • 5” Step Up Height
  • 6 Compression Shocks
  • Ultra-quiet 2.5mm rubber belt
  • 42.7 dB noise output
  • .5 – 2.5mph speed range
  • 400lb max user weight
  • Non-scuffing aluminum side rails
  • Treadmill weight: 147lbs
  • Controller weight: 1.75lbs
  • Footprint: 67.5” x 28.35” x 9.5”
  • Voltage: 120V / 60hz / 15 amp circuit
  • Power cord length: 100”

Console:

  • High resolution touchscreen LCD
  • USB port for easy downloads
  • Basic Display: Distance, speed, time, calories
  • 5 User profiles
  • Internet connection enabled
  • Console dimensions: 7.25” x 4.125” x 6”

Functionality:

  • No incline or decline
  • Extremely quiet when in use
  • Pairs easily with any standing desk or workstation
  • Black color is subtle and stylish

Warranty:

  • Motor: 3 Years
  • Parts: 2 Years
  • Labor: 1 Year

In-depth Review of the iMovR Thermo Tread GT under desk treadmill


Construction

iMovR ThermoTread GT with desk

Frame

The sturdy frame that underscores the ThermoTread GT was designed specifically to support the slower-pace, high-friction nature of walking for hours. Many walking treadmills are simply watered-down running treadmills with slower max speeds and a smaller motor. The ThermoTread GT however, has a 3.0 HP motor that can withstand the high-torque nature of walking for hours at slower speeds. Historically, office-based walking treadmills broke down quickly due to an inability to withstand this type of slow paced but continuous use. The reinforced frame, 2-ply belt, self-cooling motor, large rollers, flywheel and pulley is engineered to provide unlimited hours of walking.

Deck

  • Cushioning/Feel
    • The ThermoTread has 6 compression shocks under the deck to provide impact control while walking. Even though walking isn’t as high impact as running, after hours on your feet, a bit of underfoot cushioning makes a big difference! The compression shocks reduce the impact from each step so you can walk longer without fatigue or discomfort.
    • iMovR upgraded the ThermoTread deck from the less expensive melamine and phenolic materials typically used in walking treadmills to a thicker 1” Bakelit material that holds up longer over time.
  • Length/Width
    • The footprint of the ThermoTread is: 67.5” long x 28.35”wide x 9.5” high. The actual walking belt measures 20” wide and 50” long, which is enough room for a comfortable walking stride. A low-profile motor hood on the front of the treadmill keeps the motor quiet and protected so it doesn’t impede your stride.
  • Belt and Side Rails
    • The treadmill has a rubberized 2-ply walking belt, with black, non-scuff aluminum side rails, and a cushioned deck all powered by the 3.0 HP motor. The side rails are slightly higher than the belt which keeps your feet from sliding off while walking. There is also plenty of forward and aft space for a comfortable walking stride so the ThermoTread will support walkers of most heights.

Motor

  • 3.0 HP motor
    • The 3.0 HP motor is self-cooling and calibrated to run for unlimited walking hours. While other treadmills may offer higher walking speeds, the 2.5mph max is perfect for standing at a desk. The motor is also virtually silent, there is a bit of noise as the belt slides across the deck, but the motor itself will not disturb you or those in close proximity. The ThermoTread also consumes half the power of comparable treadmills and is more reliable over time for both speed and durability.

Console/Controls

iMovR ThermoTread GT review

Console Features

  • The ThermoTread console features a simple interface that is like using a smartphone, not gym equipment. The console contains an internal computer with USB port for easy downloads of future software upgrades.
  • The ThermoTread GT touch-screen LCD console is sleek and fits in with the laptops, tablets and mobile devices found at the modern office workstation.
  • The console displays walking speed, distance, time, calorie burn and other performance statistics, just as you’d expect from any treadmill desk.
  • Console provides readouts for multiple profiles, so you can have several different users at the same workstation if needed. You can select work mode, personal mode, and adjust general system metrics. Each profile is tailored based on your weight, height and average stride length for accuracy.

Controls

iMovR ThermoTread GT Console 1

  • The console provides a calorie readout for time spent sitting, standing and walking. You can also adjust your speed up or down as needed. There is also a timer button for your convenience.
  • A large red stop button on the bottom of your console also makes it easy to quickly stop or pause the treadmill when you need to briefly step off.
  • iMovR is currently working on releasing their CloudStation app which will allow users to upload data and other metrics to track your progress and steps over time.

Functionality

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Performance

iMovR ThermoTread GT Walking
The iMovR ThermoTread sits at the top of the line for walking treadmills. Since it was designed initially to operate at slow speeds in an office environment, the iMovR ThermoTread is quiet, smooth, doesn’t overheat, can withstand hours of use, has a reasonable max speed, is calibrated to handle the high-friction and torque of slower walking speeds and uses an intuitive console interface. This treadmill is easy to use when at your standing desk and won’t disturb those working (or living) around you. This is not a piece of gym equipment someone dropped in the office — iMovR carefully designed the ThermoTread for your home or work space.

Because the ThermoTread is designed for office use, iMovR is aware that some businesses may have concerns about liability. As a result, iMovR incorporated several features into the ThermoTread to make it safe and protect businesses that may provide walking treadmills in their office.

First, the treadmill is UL certified to not exceed 2.5 mph. Virtually all treadmill injuries happen at higher speeds, either through mishap or due to cardio exhaustion. iMovR reports that no injury claim has ever been reported at this sub-walking speed limit.

Second, before activating the treadmill, the console requires the user to click off on a liability waiver “click wrap.” This exclusive feature protects your organization from unsafe operation and potential liability, while also establishing a record of equipment usage. This feature has been designed specifically for large enterprise organizations and public space usage.

Storage

iMovR ThermoTread GT rear view
The iMovR ThermoTread GT weighs 147lbs, which is slightly heavier than comparable walking treadmills. This is due to the reinforced frame construction and sturdy design.Two front mounted transport wheels make it easy to gently lift and roll for proper under-desk positioning. It is not recommended that the treadmill be routinely moved in and out of a closet or in and out of different offices. While it is well built, the treadmill works best when placed where you plan to use it and moved infrequently. A treadmill mat beneath the base is also recommended to protect both the treadmill and your floor surface. A mat also reduces vibrations and impact noise.

Desk Options:

The iMovR ThermoTread GT does not include a desk. This is a walking treadmill that is designed to slide under your existing standing desk. This under desk treadmill includes an LCD console which sits on your desk. iMovR includes several desk options if you want to get a tread/desk combination.

Freedom SteadyType Desks (Energize and Cascade):

Steady Type Desks feature iMovR’s tilting SteadyTypeⓇ Keyboard Tray. This tray makes it so you can type while walking without the keyboard moving or shifting around. This provides a comfortable and productive typing experience while standing. Steady Type desks are available in both the Cascade and Lander style desks.

  • Cascade Standing Desk – simple and easy to use, works in any office environment
  • Energize Standing Desk with Elevon Ergonomic Extension – the keyboard tray rotates for wrist comfort and carpal tunnel support
  • Cascade Corner Standing Desk – angled on the edges to fit in any corner space
  • Lander Desk with SteadyType – features an infinitely adjustable ergonomic keyboard tray
  • Lander L-Desk with SteadyType – the same quality Lander desk with a full L-shape design for more desk space.
  • Lander Desk with SteadyType and Solid Wood Top – for those high-end office environments where you need a quality desk to match your solid wood furniture

Compact Desks:

These desks have a shallower 24” depth and widths as small as 47” which makes them perfect for smaller rooms or home offices with limited space

  • Energize Compact Standing Desk (24” depth)
  • Lander Lite Compact Desk
  • Compact Standing Desk with Elevon Ergonomic Extension

DIY Desk Bases (iMovR also provides tabletop options, sold separately):

If you want to put together your own desk, iMovR offers several desk bases to which you can customize your own surface or select one of iMovR’s options.

  • Studio 470 Electric Standalone base – has an electric height adjustment built in
  • Freedom – Electric Standing Desk base – rate to 265lbs this sturdy desk base will accommodate tabletops from 48” to 72” wide and depths of 24-30”
  • Vigor Heavy Duty Electric Standing desk base – this is one of the quietest and strongest desk bases which will accommodate a full size walking treadmill or full size office chair
  • Lander Electric Standing desk base – iMovR’s most advanced DIY standing desk base. This has an intuitive height control paddle, Bluetooth connection to a free smartphone app and extremely sturdy frame.

L-Shaped and Corner Desks:

These corner desks have angled corners for tight spaces or the L-Shape provides the surface area of two desks in one. Options include adjustable height mechanism and SteadyType keyboard tray.

  • Energize Corner Standing Desk – the most economical and efficient corner desk
  • Cascade Corner Standing Desk – a step up in quality with SteadyType keyboard tray
  • Lander L-Desk – Make any corner a full workstation with this basic L-shaped desk
  • Lander L-Desk with SteadyType – Add the SteadyType keyboard to your L-shaped workspace
  • Lander L-Desk with Solid Wood Top – Top of the line Lander desk with a solid wood top for the most luxurious office environment

iMovR ThermoTread GT Under Desk Treadmill Conclusion:

The ThermoTread GT is a quiet, compact walking treadmill specifically designed for your home or work office space. With a footprint of just 67.5” x 28.35” and a noise level of 42.7 dB the ThermoTread is a fantastic way to walk at your desk without disturbing those around you.
ThermoTread’s touch-screen console is simple and easy to use, it also contains an internal computer with a USB port for future upgrades. iMovR has also been working on releasing their CloudStation app for tracking steps, calories, total time walking, etc. The motor is designed specifically for continuous low speeds with a geared high-torque drivetrain for office walking and a massive 3.0 horsepower, 4000 RPM DC motor at its core. The ThermoTread GT is also a NEAT (Non-Exercise-Activity-Thermogenesis) certified product. Using this under desk treadmill will increase energy expenditure to help overcome the negative (and compounding) health effects of prolonged sitting. The combination of a powerful motor, smooth belt, sturdy base and functional console make this ideal for any office environment. iMovR also provides many different desks you can pair with your ThermoTread GT to create the perfect set up for you. We are impressed with this sturdy walking treadmill and recommend it as a great option for anyone looking to move more and sit less.

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