Treadmills have been used for years as an exercise tool. It comes in two variants: motorized types, which employ the use of electricity to work; and manual versions, which only need walking or running power to function. The Phoenix 98510 is under the second variant. It features a sleek, slim design that can easily be stored. Despite the rather simple setup, it has plenty of features to make any fitness junkie contented.
The features are simple enough, with a simple, yet sturdy frame and a heavy-duty weighted flywheel. Even if it does not come fully assembled, set up is very easy and it is no problem at all. It is easy to store, being attributed to its foldable structure, complete with a spring-loaded pull pin that securely keeps the system locked for storage. The treadmill structures measures 46.5” x 50” x 21.1”. Its compact features are certainly a blessing, especially for those who live in areas with almost no room to spare.
Specifications and Features:
What makes this system special is that since it is a manual treadmill, it lets your running or walking speed act as the basis on how fast the treadmill belt spins. Simply put, the faster you move, the quicker the treadmill belt spins. This feature is beneficial since it quickly allows you to reach the speeds that you are most comfortable in. You are provided with handle bars on the frame to help you maintain your balance during the duration of your entire workout. The heavy-duty flywheel performs quietly, making it suitable for those who live in apartments and other joint living areas. The walking surface measures at 41” x 13”, making it capable of accommodating tall people and it is sturdy enough to take pressure from people weighing up to 250 lbs. If you need another reason to buy this treadmill system, a water bottle is included with the package.
Of course, not everything is powered manually. This simple exercise machine is equipped with a basic single-button electronics display that gives you a visual feedback on your speed, distance, time and calories burned. The console is fitted with a water bottle holder as well for convenience.
There are some minor downsides in using this otherwise simple manual treadmill. For one, since it is a manual treadmill, it relies on your pedal power to make the belt move against the inclined deck—which is actually a disadvantage for people who have lower back problems. The incline cannot be adjusted as well. The console needs two AA batteries to work, but at least they’re included with the package. Another problem that was noted was that the belt sometimes sticks, but it’s nothing that a little lubricant can’t fix.
In conclusion, motorized treadmills generally cost more due to their motorized functionality and other additional features. However, if you’re looking for a simple system that lets you run to your heart’s content without the need for any fancy specifications, then this system is highly recommended.