So what brought me to this point in my life? The simple answer is indoor rowing and an injury sustained on a night off when I was taking it easy! Go figure! When rowing in my normal style I had no issues but one night, 10 weeks ago, I decided to not miss a training day and row a more relaxed style – big mistake! I’m now back indoor biking, determined to build up my strength but still 4 weeks away from rowing and all this got me thinking. Should I adjust the way I sit and work at home – everything I can do to protect my back and improve my posture must be good, right?
When I started taking a good look at my setup I saw so many things that weren’t right, in fact most of it was wrong! I have to get a new chair, a new desk, a new wider monitor and while I’m at it, a monitor arm to take the new monitor away from the generic stand and take up desk space.
After a few weeks of looking at youtube and researching various websites I’ve narrowed the search down to two companies – Secret Labs (The Titan and Omega) and NobleChairs (Hero or Icon). I’m not after anything “boy racer”, I’m far too old for that and to be honest, even though I’m looking at gaming chairs, I’m not a huge gamer! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the odd session but certainly not the hours and hours most of the gamers do!
I don’t want anything too soft, that’s been my downfall in the past, because if a chair is super comfortable on day one it’s only going to get worse quickly. My current chair of choice is the Eames chair but that really hasn’t lasted well and at well over £3000 it’s not a cheap chair!
From what I’ve heard, none of the chairs from Secret Labs or NobleChairs are soft, in fact they are quite hard but with the lumbar support and a style that encourages good posture they are a must for office work or gaming sessions.
Ordering online is never easy when it comes to a big purchase like this, if you’re miles away from a showroom it’s simply impractical to try these chairs out free of any risk, that’s why it’s taking me so long to decide. I really want to do my homework and make sure I get the right chair. There are so many things to consider – height of the chair, the backrest, does it have inbuilt lumbar support and how far back does it recline?
Over the next month I’ll take the plunge and order one but even then I’ll have the dilemma of whether to order a leather, PU leather or Secret Lab’s new Softweave material – like I said so many decisions!
One thing I am slowly moving towards is having inbuilt lumbar support to help the posture which in itself narrows down the field a little to Secret Lab’s Titan and the Hero model from Noble Chairs – both incidentally come in at the same price point of £349 – not cheap by any means.
I love the way both look but I am concerned about the height of the Titan from Secret Labs, it may well be too tall for me. Using their online calculator they are pointing me towards the Omega model (which comes with a neck pillow and a lumbar support pillow) decisions, decisions!
The Hero from Noble Chairs doesn’t come without any risks either, height is once again a concern but at least I have the option of getting a smaller Gas Lift (both options are class 4). It’s a lovely problem to have, champagne problems! But health is important and it’s all about making sure I do as much as I can to keep training.
I had originally decided to go down the Ikea route but after talking toa friend – who jsut happens to be a carpenter I’m going to make – or rather he is – an Oak desk. It’ll look so much nicer!
So that’s it for the first post, plenty to think about and so many add ons will be required to make it look minimal. It’s so much fun though!