Why I Got Rid of My Progear 190 Manual Treadmill

The Progear 190 manual treadmill in a home.
The Progear 190 manual treadmill in a home. 

The story starts in 2018, I was coming off my second ruptured Achilles tendon, and I was looking to do some exercise at home. My uncle brought over an exercise bike and that was doing the job, but over time, it didn't work out.

The other activity was right under my nose which was walking. I never thought of buying a treadmill. I would just walk in the good old outdoors, and enjoy the sunshine, and the "occasional" coffee.

So, the hunt for a treadmill started. I started looking for electric treadmills. My concern at first was, "how much power do these electric treadmills take up?" I looked around and it didn't look like they consumed a dreaded amount. 

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As the search continued, I realized I would need the treadmill to be compact, and I would have to be able to move the thing around by myself. 

So, I decided to look at a manual treadmill and stumbled across the Progear 190 manual treadmill.

Everything checked all the boxes. It was fairly small. It folded upright, and the price on Amazon at the time was just under $200 Canadian, which was nice.

I clicked the buy button. And then, just under two weeks later, the box came to my house and I was able to move it from the front door, over to the living room area. The box was a little bit bigger than I expected, but hey, no, big deal.

After grabbing my scissors, and giving it a good on boxing. I assembled everything in a pretty short amount of time, and we were off to the races.

Let's now fast forward to about 2020. This was the year that I decided to get rid of my Progear 190 manual treadmill and look into buying an electric treadmill. The reason why I was getting rid of the Progear 190 was that the endless incline was too intense, and there was really no way to make the incline any easier. 

Also, for some weird reason, whenever I would take my hands off the side rails, the Progear 190 would lose momentum and then slow down to a point where I couldn't walk anymore. I'm not sure if that's just my model, who knows.

Now, don't get me wrong. The Progear 190 manual treadmill is an excellent treadmill for the right person. I just don't think I fit the bill.

I ended up buying an electric treadmill and donating the manual treadmill to save some space in the house.

And that's that.