To many prospective users, manual treadmills are pretty much all the same. After all, there are only so many ways you can design a manual treadmill, right? That’s where they are wrong. This segment of fitness machines has quite a bit to offer, case in point ProGear 190. This is easily one of the most competitive manual treadmills on the market, and one that brings a few interesting solutions. Today we are going to check it out a bit closer and see what it brings to the table.
One thing that ProGear did right from the start is to stick to a proven frame design. If you look at ProGear 190, you will see that same familiar folding frame design. Interestingly enough, ProGear could have opted to go with much slimmer tubing than they did. As a matter of fact, brands often do simply because they can get away with it. The fact that ProGear used proper steel tubing is a great sign. What more, ProGear’s decision didn’t really have a significant impact on either mobility or weight of the treadmill. At the end of the day, you are left with a great fitness machine that is easy to store, easy top fold and light enough for anyone to use. In terms of stability, ProGear 190 is probably among the best models in its price range. Despite its simplicity, you are looking at a package that simply inspires confidence.
We have already mentioned that ProGear 190 is all about simplicity. The next logical question is what kind of features can you expect to get from such a simple treadmill. While ProGear 190 isn’t comparable to motorized treadmills when it comes to features, it is quite competitive in relation to other models of this kind. One of the best features aboutProGear190 is its adjustable incline. We aren’t talking about a few degrees of fixed incline either. You can select between 6 degrees and 10 degrees. In terms of resistance, this treadmill utilizes the very same system that most other manual treadmills do. We have two compact flywheels packed behind subtle plastic housing found on each side of the running deck. All things considered, it is fair to assume that ProGear 190 is oriented more towards walking rather than running. Combined with the impressive amount of adjustable incline, that isn’t such a bad thing either. Last but not least, we have a small built in computer module that allows you to track your stats.
Generally speaking ProGear 190 fills a rather niche role even among the manual treadmills. With that said, they did a great job at bringing the 190 to a point where just about anyone can get a good exercise out of it. Sure, it isn’t a running treadmill, but rather a walking one, it compensates a lot with that variable incline control. For this kind of money, it represents a pretty reliable option for those who are just getting started with the whole treadmill lifestyle. Additionally, it is a perfect match for anyone who is dealing with a lack of space.