PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill Review (Walking)

Updated April 24, 2022

Hi all. In the video below, I talk about and review the PROGEAR 190 manual treadmill. In the blog post after the video, I go through a few common questions and provide some pros and cons. I purchased the Progear 190 manual treadmill about 2 years ago from the date of this post, and it has been a great manual treadmill for the use that I needed it for. I'm moving on from the Progear 190 not because it's a bad treadmill, but because of the existing injuries that I have, which would be two ruptured Achilles tendons (Between 2010 and 2017).


Progear 190 manual treadmill

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Do I Have Additional Photos of the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill?

Yes, scroll down towards the bottom of the post to see the photos. 


What's It Like Walking on the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill Compared to an Electric Treadmill? 

On an electric treadmill, I would usually walk at a moderate pace for about 60 minutes or so. Still, I had to cut it down to about 30 minutes with the Progear 190 manual treadmill because of the endless incline and manual momentum.

How Intense Is the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill?

It was perfect for the more intense days, but on the days where I needed the workout to be a little bit easier, it was actually discouraging to go onto the Progear manual treadmill because it was just too intense.

Overall I'm not displeased with its performance. It did absolutely wonderful.

Did I Ever Run On My Progear 190 Manual Treadmill? Would I Run On It? 

I purchased the Progear 190 for walking, and I did not run on it. Would I run on it? No. According to the user manual, the Progear 190 manual treadmill is a walking treadmill. In the video below, I bring up the user manual. 

Is the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill Compact? Can It Fit in a Small Living Room? 

Well, it did fit in my small living room with little issues. My small living room could fit a couch, love seat, reclining chair, and the Progear treadmill.  The only issue I had to watch out for was making sure the transportation wheels didn't mark up my floor.


Where Did I Get the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill? 

I got the Progear 190 manual treadmill online from Amazon Canada. I didn't have any issues with shipping. It got to my place at a reasonable time. 

How Big Is the Packaging Box For the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill? Is It Big?

I have a photo of the packaging box below, just scroll down to take a look, unfortunately, it's not the greatest photo. In saying that, I would say moving and unpackaging the box by myself was not a good idea. It was pretty big for me and heavy. I would ask for help if I were to do it again. 

Does the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill Have Incline?

Yes, it has an endless incline with the foot pad that sets to 7%, 8%, and 9% incline. Took a photo below. 

Is the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill Easy to Assemble? Do I Need a Box of Tools I Don’t Have?

It was ok, It came with some tools to help with the assembly. I did it by myself. 


Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Incline Adjuster
Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Incline Adjuster - Foot pad set at 7% - Foot pad far left 8% - Foot pad far right 9% 

Pros - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

  • From the time that I assembled the treadmill about 2 years ago till now, the treadmill has still maintained its structural integrity. There haven't been any major issues with the metal frames and tread.
  • The computer display and button have been very durable. I have reset the display many times and everything is working okay still.
  • The flywheels and walking belts are still working fine. Occasionally, the running belt goes off-center from the rear roller, but there have been no major tears or rips with the walking belt.
  • The incline adjustments of 7%, 8%, and 9% provided enough momentum to maintain my workout.
  • The packaging and shipping from Amazon were on time, and it was well secure in the box, there were no problems there.

Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Rear Cover - Allen Bolt M6*60
Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Rear Cover - Allen Bolt M6*60

Cons - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

  • The black transportation wheels do their job with the rolling, but unfortunately, with my particular model, it did scuff up my floor with black marks.
  • The walking belt, unfortunately, oscillates on the rear roller shaft and it's not the easiest to realign. When I apply quarter turns with the Allen key on either side, it was very difficult to line up the walking belt.
  • I had to keep my hands on both rails to maintain momentum. As soon as I took my hands off, I would lose momentum. It would have been nice to walk freely without having my hands on the rails all the time.
  • The computer's display only has miles it does not display in kilometers.
  • There is no water bottle holder or water bottle holder clip with this treadmill.
  • I find with this treadmill, every workout that I did on it was in the medium to hard effort category. This over time became discouraging because sometimes I just wanted to have a simple light walking day, but I skipped those days.


FAQs for the PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill

Would I use the PROGEAR 190 manual treadmill with a standing desk setup? 

No, I need to use the handrails as I walk, when I go freehand, I lose momentum. 

Can this manual treadmill go flat? 

No

Do you need to hold on to the handrails while walking? 

Yes

Can you run on it? 

I only used it for walking. Would I run on it? No. 

Can you adjust between kilometers and miles?

The computer display only has miles. 

How big is the shipping package? 

There is one photo in the updates section. It was pretty hard for me to move the box by myself.

How easy is it to fold up? 

I have to lift the treadmill board about 90 degrees. For myself, it was a little heavy. I also had to screw and unscrew the locking knob while holding the treadmill board. 

Does it come with lubricant? 

Yes, a small bottle. 



Specs from the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill's Manual

Model Number

3001A

Maximum Weight Capacity 

230 lbs or 104 kg

Incline Adjuster 

7%, 8% and 9%

Tools

5mm Allen Wrench with Phillips Screwdriver 1PC




Would I Buy the Progear 190 Manual Treadmill Again if I Could Go Back in Time?

No, in my particular situation, because I have major injuries in my Achilles' tendons. If I would have known the intensity of the manual treadmill was in the medium to hard category, I would not have purchased this particular treadmill.

So, if I'm Getting Rid of My Progear Manual Treadmill, What Am I Going to Get Next? What's the Final Verdict? 

The final verdict is I am actually going to purchase an electric treadmill and move on from the Progear 190 manual treadmill. No hard feelings though, just wasn't for me. 


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PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill - Additional Photos



A shipping box with the PROGEAR 190 manual treadmill from Amazon on the floor.
PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill in its shipping box from Amazon Canada.



.May 10, 2021





Rear Roller - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill
Rear Roller - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill


Large Water Bottle hanging from the guide rails on the Progear 190 Treadmill
Large Water Bottle hanging from the guide rails on the Progear 190 Treadmill.




May 8, 2021

A semi bird's eye view of the PROGEAR 190 treadmill placed on a wooden floor in a home.
A semi bird's eye view of the PROGEAR 190 manual treadmill placed on a wooden floor in a home. 



April 21, 2021

Progear 190 Manual Treadmill in the upright position.
Progear 190 Manual Treadmill in the upright position.

Sensor wires - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill
Sensor wires - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

Sensor wires and Flywheel - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill
Sensor wires and Flywheel - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Flywheels and walking belt.
Progear 190 Manual Treadmill - Flywheels and walking belt.

Transportation Wheels - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill
Transportation Wheels - Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

A close up of the computer display showing scan, speed, distance, time, calories and odometer. PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill
A close-up of the computer display showing scan, speed, distance, time, calories, and odometer. PROGEAR 190 Manual Treadmill


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