Fitness Gear Elliptical Review Index
General Information:This was another Johnson produced line, like Horizon, Vision, Livestrong, and Matrix. These are the bare bones models similar to Weslo for Icon for the mass market retailers. You are better off with a gym membership or saving up for a better treadmill than with a Fitness Gear treadmill. I guess Johnson agreed with us because production of Fitness Gear has ended.
Manufacturing Philosophy:We gained a much greater understanding of Johnson's business in the past few with our visit to their headquarters and facilities in Taiwan and China. Johnson is the most integrated manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. This can be both good and bad. The good is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production. The bad is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production- if you mess up there is no one else to blame. They really seem to be focused on doing things the right way so it appears that this is a case where it is good overall. Overall, we were impressed with their quality procedures and design and testing processes and this year's reviews will reflect our better understanding of their operations.
Company Outlook : Fitness Gear is now history but if you have a Fitness Gear unit, you should expect support from Johnson for the unit and we don't expect having problems getting parts if you need it for your machine.