VertDesk Standing Desk Giveaway

by Brett and Kate McKay on January 11, 2013 · 5,538 comments

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It’s a new year, and that often means new resolutions. It is estimated that half of all Americans make some type of New Year’s Resolution. Can you guess the most popular? You got it — lose weight! Coming in just a few spots behind is to get fit and stay healthy. Unfortunately, only 8% of all resolutions are actually achieved. We’d like to help you out as you start the new year, and the new you, so we are giving away a standing desk from Beyond The Office Door. The benefits of a standing desk — from health to focus (as well as the harms of sitting in a chair all day) — are well documented. Get off your keister and start working like the manly writers and statesmen of old.

The Prize

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The VertDesk is an electric adjustable height desk. That’s right, with the simple push of a button, you can move your work station up or down. It’s a 30″ x 36″ model, available with either a cherry or hardrock maple top color (winner gets to choose). The motor can lift up to 200 lbs, and it adjusts from 28″ high to 46.5″.  Plug it in, and watch it smoothly move up and down at about an inch per second. The easy adjustability means you can switch from sitting to standing throughout the day. Click here to watch a video of the VertDesk in action.

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This is a $689 value!

How To Enter

Entering is easy: simply tell us what kind of work you’ll be doing on your new standing desk. Writing the great American novel? Sorting through TPS reports?

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If you’re an email subscriber and want to enter the contest, do not reply to the email to make your entry! You must click on the comment link here in the email and leave a comment under the post to enter.

A winner will be drawn randomly from the entries. The deadline for entry into the giveaway is Jan. 18, 2013. This post will be updated within 72 hours of the deadline with the winner’s name.

Good luck!

***UPDATE***

One winner was randomly drawn from the comments. And the winner is:

Keith Kuric, from Knox, IN

Congrats Keith!

1 Chris January 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I’ll be doing what I do best. HL7 interfacing.

2 Eric January 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I work from home, and am tired of sitting all day. These are a great idea!

3 derek January 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

graphic design and some light coding.

4 Andy January 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Nice! I would use that for writing sermons.

5 Chase Smith January 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

polishing, repairing, creating awesome leather products!

6 Marty January 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I will be pondering the meaning of constitutional and property law during my second semester of law school.

7 Matt January 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Coming up with brilliant ideas…

8 Van January 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I’ll be writing code! I’ve been using a homemade standing podium that I put on top of a standard desk. Standing is the way to go.

9 Josh January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I’ll be making sales calls.

10 Rand Stewart January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I’ll be working my freelance design jobs

11 Sam January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Telecommuting

12 W January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Drafting!

13 Robert January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I’ll be coding on a new project I’m working on with a buddy.

14 Cayton Jones January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

PCB design and other electrical engineering!

15 Mitchell Hoem January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Well, since I am currently a student I will be doing school work. By “school work” I mean having textbooks open on the desk while doodling in my notebooks and browsing the internet.

16 David January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I will be studying and preparing sermons.

17 Brad January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I’ll be writing the great American TPS report.

18 RyanE January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ll be designing the next generation HTML5 interface to our company’s UI!

19 William B January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Probably flipping through construction plans before work

20 AJay Hubbard January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ll be developing all kinds of neat websites!

21 Brian Lent January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I would use it as my computer desk so I could post more comments to AOM!!!

22 Brian R January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Since I’m recently engaged (go me!), it would be used to plan our wedding on (invitations, save the date cards, seating plan, etc)!

23 Joel R January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I am an amateur graphic artist/architect/designer and I would be using this to help get myself started and myself known in my surrounding area. My goal is to leave a legacy behind for my kids and family.

24 Dav January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Practicing handwriting

25 Ryan January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ll be analyzing website data, optimizing digital advertising campaigns… and TPS reports.

26 Fred Beiderbecke January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I will mainly be using it to try to win more free stuff on the internet.

27 John Cox January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’ll be doing all of the writing, research, and math associated with working toward a masters in financial engineering.

28 Brian January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I will be looking for my red stapler….

29 Zach January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I will be doing college work!

30 Jonah Grubb January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Mountains of college homework

31 Simon January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Developing video games and making music!

32 Greg January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Studying theology.

33 Jorge January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be a lawyer.

34 JR January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I write financial newsletters that are distributed entirely online. That means researching markets, economics and finance. It also means staring at price charts. It also means trudging my way through my email marketing system to deliver promotional and editorial content. On top of that, I am tasked with maintaining much of my company’s website.

It’s a good way to make a living, or else I’d never choose to sit in front of a computer all day. Though I would much prefer standing in front of one.

35 Chad January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be coding new sites and updates to existing ones for my company, Plondo Network.

36 Ray Perkins January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will be working from home on it, 8-10 hours per day, hopefully most of them standing.

37 M'Kay January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be designing aerospace components at my summer internships.

38 Mark D January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be making video games, mostly. This month I have to finish up my Flash game and start work on my Oculus prototype idea.

39 JJ January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Completing my script.

40 Jeffrey January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will design graphics to be plotted through my Eggbot.

41 Zachary January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be using this fine piece of craftsmanship to produce my first electronic EP. Oh yea, building good posture too!

42 Nels January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

GIS, Remote Sensing, Grant Writing, and hopefully not sitting anymore!

43 Brent January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will use it as a lift to repair my daughters power wheel.

44 Mark January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Writing software, been looking at a standing desk for a while and would love one.

45 Andrew January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will be writing my fantasy novel as well as illustrating some of its pictures artwork.

46 Ron January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will be completing all my papers and project on it.

47 Bill Teeple January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will be using it too work on new vocal jazz arrangements in my spare time at home. It will go in my developing man cave/office in the basement.

48 Louis January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ll be maintaining an SAP Basis system.

49 Kate January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I would love this! Between grading both homeschool work and my college students’ papers, plus my own research and writing, and maybe a video game or two, I am at my desk a lot. I could really use this desk!

50 Charles January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ll be reading briefs, statutes, case law, and taking notes.

51 Terry January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

That might be the perfect surface I need for getting back into some hobbies like painting or model building.

52 Adam January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Reading AOM of course!

53 Cody Barbo January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I am a recent college graduate and entrepreneur. I am hoping to use this to help my start-up “stand” out

54 Daniel H January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I have been wanting to start writing a book as well as going back to school for my Masters.

55 Nick R January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’d use it for software development. Mostly enterprise .Net.

56 Thomas January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I sit at a desk doing AutoCAD all day. It sure would be nice to stand up every once in a while.

57 Andrew Schoppe January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

If I am lucky enough to win this desk, it won’t be for me. My lovely wife is a neuropsychologist who treats brain injuries and other brain-related conditions- including for our World Famous (in Idaho) Boise State Broncos! Sitting in front of a computer and writing medical reports for long periods of time frequently causes her severe head and neck pain and inhibits her ability to enjoy life. She’s found that standing while working is amazingly helpful and we’ve been looking for a setup that will keep her productive and healthy at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity to try to win this.

58 Eyal January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ll be doing CS homework, with less desire to cut off my butt.

59 Micah January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I will be doing some kick a$$ responsive website design, graphic design and online marketing with a much happier back and a less sore booty!

60 Michael P January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Excel-ing.

61 Ray Perkins January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I will be doing Network Security, working from home 8-10 hours per day, hopefully most of them standing.

62 John Parish January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ll be doing, well you know, office stuff. Conference calls, expense reports, email, browsing Facebook for the latest AOM posts…

63 Dan January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Would make a great DJ station. My back is killing me right now.

64 Jeffrey J. Steinberg January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

While I already use a standing desk, largely due to the persuasive arguments presented on AoM, I’ve been having trouble getting my wife to switch, not because she’s unwilling, but because she’s unwilling to go out and get one. She’s a econ PhD student and will be spending the next three or more years behind some desk and I hope she spends them standing.

65 JJ January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I will be using this desk while I call my real estate clients.

66 Tristan Rineer January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Entry Submission:

I co-own a small web design & development company with my wife; over 90% of my day is spent at my desk programming, managing company finances, and various other tasks necessary to keep my company successful.

My current desk is made from plywood & 2x4s; I would be thrilled to have something that not only would help my health, but would also be easier to keep clean (unfinished plywood is a terrible surface for professional work).

67 R.A. Jewell January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll be writing about science!

68 Wade January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Kicking my kids off of pbs.org so I can pay bills.

69 Jim January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

i’ll be using it to minimizing the clutter my current desk is accumulating. trade out the bulky cpu for a laptop and get rid of the knick-knacky junk that just gathers dust

70 Michael January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll be practicing environmental and natural resources law.

71 Mike Vardy January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll be working on my next book from my new standing desk, as well as podcasting from it as well. I find that standing up while podcasting adds some vibrancy to the proceedings!

72 Erik January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I love standing, but its nice to sit sometimes too. I’ll be standing 90% of the time at work if I get this desk.

73 Dave January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll be preparing lessons on the history of warfare for my students.

74 Mike Zentz January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Greetings,

I am a computer science student at HPU and a volunteer for several opensource software projects. I spend most of my day sitting. Whether that is working my part-time job, attending classes, studying, or writing code at home. A standing desk would really help my health.

Cheers,
Mike Zentz

75 Stephen Auckly January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll be coding. And playing with raising/lowering the desk. But mostly coding.

76 Chris January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’ll use it at work for application testing and data transformations.

77 Zach B. January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I would be using it to do computer work and writing as I try to break my way into filmmaking.

78 Jamie January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I will be working my ass off!!!!

79 Donald Brasher January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I will use that to create lesson plans, grade papers, and possibly teach from once I finish college and find work as a high school history teacher.

80 Sam January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Tax lawyering

81 Robert Curl January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

studying the law… making a responsible choice for my future… being a lawyer had better be awesome

82 Dan January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I would use it to research for my thesis.

83 Blu Gilliand January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m a freelance writer, so I’ll be working on short stories, book reviews, interviews, my blog, a novel, and who knows what else!

84 wkbruner January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m an old-fashioned man. I just write RPGLE code and goof around online.

85 Harry Allen January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I was pining after one of these the other day!

I was dreaming of having a desk like this that would be perfect for my voice over business that I’m trying to get off the ground. Standing is the best way to do voice recording, and I know that my sitting day job is killing me slowly.

…No pun intended on the lift mechanism.

86 Adam A. January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’ll be sketching on it.

87 Evan January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Fabricating! This can be my new workbench.

88 Jon January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Assuming this is open to those of us in the UK, I’d use it to create some hobby videos.

89 Jim Hank January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Product quotes and comparisons, retirement forecasts, spreadsheet analysis, and the occasional Facebook post.

90 Sam A. January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I would love this! I work for a municipal government and we’re starting a wellness/get fit program, and I see this as a great tool to advance the cause. If not at work, I’m sure my kids will love playing “elevator” on it at home.

91 Nolan Shepherd January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I will most likely be doing the pencil and paper work related to getting a Ph.D in Chemistry – classwork, paperwork as a teaching assistant, going through relevant journal articles, and the like.

92 Surgere January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Editing contracts and negotiating real estate.

93 Tim January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Visual development art and storyboarding.

94 Brian L. Cook January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I work for the Government so If they let me i’ll move it into the office and take care of the public trust.

95 Parth January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Manly Things.

96 Matt January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I work from home doing web development. I’d like this a lot more than my current standing-only desk + drafting stool, because my normal height office chair is much more comfortable than my drafting stool.

97 Matthew January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It would be well used in writing sermons and filing fire department incident reports.

98 Corey January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I work from home and use a recumbent exercise bike while working, but my desk is too low. This is exactly what I need!

99 Daniel Weber January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I would be doing several things. I’m 6’5″ and no desk I’ve ever had seems to fit to my needs. I would LOVE to work at this desk standing up. I’ve tried it before, but the standing desks in the offices were always too low for me and I don’t need more back pain!

I work in an office environment during the day, but I would use the desk at home. I am a part-time college professor and would definitely love something like this for grading student papers and projects. I also write part-time, and the times I’ve used our pony wall as a standing desk to organize papers and thoughts has been a wonderful experience. Would love to have this available for my computer and make my productive time healthy time as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read!

100 Michael January 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

IT Management, writing documentation, procedures and policies, and saving my back from further damage.

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