i got this a year or so ago. not a good bike–the resistance is too weak. it’s also not comfortable. maximum resistance only results in light-medium pedaling. also, VERY difficult to put together. plan on a couple hours if everything goes smoothly. i had to get customer service twice due to defective parts, each resulting week long waits for shipments. i will say their support was very helpful though.
if you MUST buy something, wait for their under the desk version which probably provides a similar amount of exertion but takes up much less room (and probably easier to put together!)
Maybe your problem was that you were riding it in jeans playing on your laptop.