Marcy Combo Smith Machine
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- FULL BODY WORKOUT: All-in-one gym equipment.
- MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Target different body parts.
- HIGHLY ADJUSTABLE : Highly flexible inmany ways, removable bench to have a full range of strength exercises, multiple different positions including incline, flat, and decline chest press positions.
- GYM TRAINING AT HOME: 82” in height, 98” in length, and 59” in width four storage posts, making it easy for you to organize your weight plates.
- DURABLE AND SAFE: 14-gauge square steel tubing.
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Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine
All-In-One Home Gym
Get serious about getting in shape with the Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine. This all-in-one, home gym equipment power house, offers everything you need to tone and strengthen all major muscle groups.
Versatile - Comprehensive Exercise Options
A Smith-style press bar with adjustable safety stops allows you to perform a variety of powerful strength training workouts, an independent motion upper pulley system allows for cable crossover possibilities, a pull-up bar allows you to bulk up your upper body, a total leg developer allows you to strengthen major lower body muscle groups and a multi-position back pad offers a safe and customizable training experience.
Made of 14-gauge square steel tubing, the Marcy Combo Smith Machine offers a total body workout in a safe and comfortable setting while four convenient storage posts make it easier than ever to organize your Olympic weight plates.
- Combination Smith machine/cable crossover for full body fitness
- Smith-style press bar with adjustable safety stops and bar catches
- Upper pulley system with steel aircraft cables rated to 2,000lbs
- Footplate for seated rows, total leg developer and chin-up bar
- Multi-position adjustable bench with boxed upholstery
- 400lb weight capacity
- 2-year limited warranty
Design Call Outs
Adjustable Back Pad
An adjustable back pad allows you to work your upper body from a variety of different angles while remaining safe and comfortable.
Steel Aircraft Cables
A top notch cable system allows you to work your chest and shoulders through various crossover workouts.
The included V bar, shiver bar, triceps rope, chain link, ankle strap and two handles offer even more customizable workout options.
Conveniently placed safety catches allow for a safe and efficient strength training workout.
Two cross pulleys make it easy to perform a number of crossover workouts in the comfort of your own home.
Bottom Pulley and Foot Plate
A bottom pulley allows you to train your lower body even harder while a conveniently placed foot plate prevents damage and injury.
A total leg developer offers a safe and comfortable method for bulking up all major lower body muscles.
Four conveniently placed storage posts (two on each side) offer a great way to organize and store your Olympic weight plates.
At the early age of 19, Walter Marcyan began training with barbells and soon after won the central AAU Light Heavyweight Lifting Championship. From 1934 through 1940, Walter Marcyan began entertaining audiences as a Vaudeville Strongman, performing incredible feats of strength and balancing acts.
In the early 1940’s, Walter Marcyan moved to Santa Monica, California where he began training at the newly established Muscle Beach: a famous training facility that still exists today and where many of the legendary pioneers of bodybuilding such as Jack LaLanne, Bill Pearl, and Arnold Schwarzenegger began their careers.
In 1946, Walter Marcyan opened the first of seven strength training gymnasiums, House of Health, in the Los Angeles area. He was the first to offer personal trainers to his members and emphasized the importance of strength training to men, women and children.
In the early 1950’s, Walter Marcyan participated in the first organized body building competitions. Based on his own personal experiences, Walter Marcyan began building his own strength training equipment for his gyms in Los Angeles.
In 1959, Walter Marcyan founded Marcy Gymnasium Equipment Company. Walter Marcyan believed that everyone should have the opportunity and the knowledge to exercise at home with their own, professional grade equipment. Walter Marcyan was an innovator and a visionary. His patented designs were years ahead of their time and still widely used in commercial and home applications today.
Now, 50 years old and still going stronger than ever, the legendary Marcy brand continues to make its mark by offering new and innovative products to consumers worldwide.
A total body workout plus a safer alternative to free weight racks equals the must-have design of the Marcy Combo Smith Machine. Constructed of big, 14-gauge square steel tubing, this full feature home gym has a Smith-style press bar with adjustable safety stops. You'll also get an independent motion upper pulley system for cable crossovers and a multi-position seat and back pad that adjust to incline, flat, and decline chest press poses. Plus, there's a total leg developer that helps you strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Also included are a chin-up bar and two storage posts on either side of the frame for Olympic-size weight plates (not included).About Impex Fitness Established in 1980, Impex Fitness is on the front lines of innovation in today's health marketplace. They specialize in home fitness/smith machine style equipment that appeals to the whole family and offers a complete workout experience. Impex encompasses a variety of brands including Marcy, Competitor, Hers, Easy Outdoor and Gym Dandy for children. Your family's health as their highest priority, Impex Fitness strives to develop the most pioneering fitness equipment available. Assembled dimensions: 98L x 59W x 82H in.. Made of oversized square tubing steel. Smith-style press bar. Accepts weight bar size of 7 feet. Independent motion, upper pulley crossover design. Independent motion vertical butterfly. Total leg developer. Multi-position seat pad. 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
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I have it in a basement room. While the room is carpeted, I did put this on some of those interlocking puzzle tile mats. I ended up having to buy three sets of puzzle tiles (each set had six 2 by 2 panels) but only used 16 of the tiles. I used the tiles to avoid damaging the carpet and to provide a more stable surface. They look to be doing the trick. So anyway, this whole assembled device, including the bench, needs at least an 8 by 8 area. This gives you enough space to put a big weight plate (say 45 pounds) on the back part without hitting a wall as well as enough room to put plates on the bar and take them off again. It also should give you enough room for placing the bench with all the supports on the tile mat, though you could go with 20 tiles (or an 8 by 10 area) and have a little more room for the bench. You will also need a ceiling that is at least 8 feet high.
This does not come with any weights; you will need a set of Olympic plates. (I found one on closeout at a local sporting goods store.) It does have a bar that holds Olympic plates, but it is not a true Olympic bar. I am not sure of the exact weight of the bar but it is definitely much less than 45 pounds. (This is good for me as I am a small-framed woman who is new to lifting...) The *length* of the bar is the same as an Olympic bar, however.
This also does not come with a lat pulldown bar, but I just bought one on Amazon and it works fine with this machine. You do get the attachments/handles shown in the photo. You also get a poster illustrating the various exercises that are possible to do with this machine. I find this useful since I am not a gym rat. (I am sure there are more variations, but the poster is useful for a beginner.)
Regarding assembly, this took two adults (with PhDs in STEM fields...) about 9 and a half hours to put together. We took over a month, only working an hour or two a weekend. Some notes on assembly:
(1) The person who said to put the hardware into cups had the right idea. We had some paper bowls we used, and we marked them with a Sharpie, and that really helped a lot. Because although all of the hardware packs were sealed with their contents intact, the contents had come loose from the backing in a few of the packs and were all mixed together. I would strongly suggest having a ruler handy for measuring the lengths of bolts in case things get mixed up. There are two parts lists, one for the Smith machine part and one for the bench. Those are useful if you are counting washers or something. We had EXACTLY the right amount of items. Nothing missing and not a single extra bit.
(2) The brackets for the chin-up bar look like they are angled at 90 degrees in the manual. They are not. You are probably not missing these pieces, they just have a much larger angle than 90 degrees. At the time you are supposed to install these, there are still a lot of parts left you haven't put on, so it may be difficult to recognize these among all the rest of the items.
(3) When you are putting the plate on the bottom for attaching the chain to do rows, and the back part where there will be multiple pulleys and some weight plates, it helps to put a book (maybe 1/2 inch thick) under the base that's perpendicular to the plate, until such time as you tighten the bolts. Otherwise it does not stay in the right position.
(4) As others have said, the diagrams and instructions for stringing the cables around the pulleys are not so good. We were able to figure it out, but it took at least two assembly sessions and also we had to refer frequently to the exercise chart, which shows some more photos of the assembled machine. There are cable guides that go with the pulleys and they have little plastic washer-shaped parts that are supposed to go in them before you put the bolts through them. The little plastic washers fall out all the time, but they were all there. They will stay in place just fine once the cable guides are attached to the pulleys, it is just tough getting them to stay there beforehand. Also, the cables all have different ends so you don't actually have to measure them to figure out which is which.
(5) An extra note with regards to the cables -- don't tighten any nuts until you are done stringing each cable. Because sometimes there are missing bits in the directions or the order is wrong and you may find you have to remove a part to string a cable or something. You do get two sets of Allen wrenches (one in the bench hardware pack and one in the Smith machine hardware pack) so two people can work on tightening at the same time.
(6) Things it is useful to have during installation that are not provided: at least two adjustable wrenches, a rubber mallet, a tape measure.
If you find you have to move this after it is assembled (even just a foot or two from the wall so you can install the bar), get some of those furniture moving sliders. This is really too heavy and awkward for two adults to lift, but if you lift the far edge up and put a couple of furniture moving sliders under the supports, two adults can easily push it or pull it. Also, please know that unless you have extra wide doors, once you assemble this, it is staying put in whatever room you put it in. It is too wide to maneuver through a standard doorway. If you move, you will have to take it apart and possibly buy a bunch of replacement aircraft nuts, so keep track of the manual.
In terms of operation, everything seems good. If you are short, you may need a stool to change out the handles for pulldowns. If you are short (I am only 5'5"), it is kind of difficult to reach the pull-up bar, too. The machine seems adequate for people from 5'5" to 6'1" (based on the two people who have used it thus far) and who are under 160 pounds. I can't speak as to how it would behave with someone heavier because I don't have anyone else to test it. (My dad is coming to town next month. He's 260+ pounds so I will have him try it out too and update the review with his comments.)
The lower body attachment to the bench wobbles a bit but is better when there are actual weights on it. Everything else seems quite sturdy. (We have not put more than 100 lbs of weights at any one spot other than the storage bars.) If you do a pulldown of any sort without weights on the back part, it probably won't return to position when you let go. Same with the leg attachment on the bench.
Everything moves smoothly. We have not had to use any WD40 yet although we have some on hand if we need it. There's no weird squeaking or vibrating, all the pieces were machined correctly, and all the plastic parts were in good shape. There were a few scratches on various parts of the metal, but this is an aesthetic concern only and didn't affect operation of the device.
Took me about 8-9 hours to assemble as the instruction are....well...ok but not the best.
The ENTIRE pulley system gets a big fat 0!! Sticks constantly even with weights on it. I checked the pulleys and yep...all correct. This renders the entire pulley system USELESS. Maybe after a month or a few weeks of yanking on it during workouts it might come to be better..but we will see.
The smith machine is pretty good about a 3.5/5 as if you don't have the legs perfectly aligned (its easy to have them move on you) the catchers on the glide bar will just hit the upright bar...also even when aligned when they do catch..its like they are barely on there. The fit could be better.
The outside racks for an Olympic bar are terrifying to use and have already come up with the bar being lifted right off them...which I found extremely worrisome for future heavy bench lifts.
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I have changed it from a 2-3 star review..BUT main thing was you might want to go out and get a can of DW-40 and spray it on the back glide post and all of the inner parts of the cable guide rollers. It will vastly and quickly improve the performance of the machines mechanics.
I've been going to gyms for years, but I can't get there on a regular basis any longer, so I needed to do something, and this seemed the best option.
As most of the reviews state, be prepared for a bear of a time putting it together, about 10 hours for us, but that includes two mistakes that I needed to backtrack on. With the number of gyms they are selling, you'd think they could spend a little money on clearer instructions and/or some youtube videos. Pay attention to the direction you put the bar safeties and bar support holders onto the silver metal poles.
My other major concern is the bar extensions that you actually put the weights on. These are on the bar, the leg attachments, the pulley weight and the weight storage poles on the rack. They are plastic, I'm sure they will crack eventually. I'm sure you can buy replacements. LOL
I ended up with a few extra washers and pieces, I can't see where I missed any.
I have had this three weeks now, I get a good workout with it, it takes getting use to. You may need WD-40 at first on the pulleys.
As long as you're not expecting professional gym quality equipment, you should like it.