“ Manufacturer: Pro Fitness / Type: Treadmill „
I would like to start this review by being completely honest. I'm no athlete. And that's putting it kindly. However I would quite like to be, or at least to lose a few (pounds or stones?...I'm not saying.) So, this review comes from someone who really has a low level of fitness.
I bought this treadmill hoping that it would be something I could do in the evenings when my child is in bed. Perhaps even put the tv on if I'm really not in the mood that day. I liked the fact that it was relatively unobtrusive when folded away and as I couldn't afford an electric powered one, the word 'magnetised' sounded interesting.
Well, it is interesting. I get it out, wheel it into my lounge hop on gleefully and then with much effort, struggle to move the belt. As it is magnetised, it takes a fair amount of effort to get the belt moving. To the left there is a wheel which controls the speed of the belt/incline and lowering this does seem to help! But I will say that even at its lowest setting, you need to walk with some effort. I wouldn't say I particularly enjoy this as I like to warm up slowly, and start easily.
But to be honest this is why I am refusing to get rid of this treadmill. I know that the whole point of exercise is to challenge yourself and your body and in my opinion, this treadmill is hard work. And although I am unfit and I do find it a challenge personally, I love it for it. And I know that if I do persevere that one of these days each setting will get easier and easier to do.
One great thing about this treadmill is that it folds away rather neatly and has wheels for easy movement. If you look at the picture above, the black belt area folds straight up, so it can be easily push around by holding the black handles. The wheels are very smooth and so it is great to move from area to area. The whole thing is relatively sturdy, I'm happy with the design for my needs. The inbuilt counter has had a fault from the first few weeks, it might well be something simple, but I tend not to bother with those personally anyway.
All in all I am really happy with this treadmill. I do occasionally find that due to the effort required immediately, that I sometimes just can't be bothered. But as I've said I know it'll be worth it. Even just walking/jogging on it at its lowest setting is a work out for me. I've occasionally run on it, but it is similar to the feeling of running up hill and I'm just nowhere near that level of fitness at the moment.
A member of my family had also bought this item to help with their mobility (regular wheelchair user) I would just like to say that in their case they had to sell it on straight away as they found it really was not suitable for their needs. They have since bought a regular manual treadmill and are much happier with it.