Marcy SM-4008 Review

Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine Review

Specifications

Warranty: 2 years

Weight capacity:

Maximum weight for press bar: 300 lbs (136 kg)

Maximum user weight (for bench): 300 lbs (136 kg)

Maximum weight on cross-over, lat pull: 200 lbs (90.7 kg)

Maximum weight on leg developer: 100 lbs (45 kg)

Possible exercises: 100 +

Compatible weight plates: Olympic & standard

Assembled weight: 279 lbs (126.5 kg)

Assembled dimensions: 98L x 59W x 82H inches (249L x 150W x 208H cm)

Marcy brand has got all kinds of gym equipment whether it be for home or for fitness clubs. These include the machines from beginner to intermediate to advanced level so the user can have the best of experience at their ease.

Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is an all in one home gym which has got many features with accessories in the package. This model is a smaller but similar to Marcy Diamond Elite MD-9010G. The assembled dimensions of SM-4008 are 98” length, 59” width and 82” height. This machine is basically for average height users. Users taller than 6’2 might find it difficult to do some of the exercises. The user should also keep in mind to assemble it in a room where the ceiling is higher than 7’ because the pull-ups exercise may get restricted during workout and will not give the desired results.

Construction of Frame and Parts

Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine has an excellent stability and sturdiness as its frame is made from 14 gauge of square steel tubing. Its assembled weight is 279 lbs which is heavy enough to handle the rough workouts. Though it has no holes for anchoring but the machine is already heavy so it won’t move while exercising. The above mentioned assembled dimensions of the machine tells that it is a large home gym. Therefore, it should be put in a place with a large space so that 2 feet of clearance space is provided all around it to have the best experience of workout and prevent from any damages.

The Smith bar made is not an Olympic bar. It has a weight of 25 lbs and is a little shorter. Though it has Olympic sleeves which the user can remove, if there is a need to replace them by Standard weight plates. SM-4008 also has a feature of locking positions which are 9 in number for catch and safety bars. These bars give the user a possibility to workout on the outside of the Smith machine. On top of the machine, there is a pull-up bar which lets the user do the wide grip pull-ups.

The bench of Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is made with the similar metallic material as the frame. It has a feature to be connected and be removed from the frame as well. The backrest of the bench has four adjustment positions. It offers a horizontal position and three incline positions. It also has a layer of foam with high-density which provides the maximum comfort. The cushioning on them is made from brown vinyl material which is so durable that upon given proper care, it can last years.

The padding of the leg developer has 3.5” of foam which lets the user have the exercises of legs with ease. The pulleys are made from heavy-duty nylon material and accommodate the sealed ball bearings for a clear workout. The cables are covers with thin sheet of PVC to provide a smooth exercise and has the ability to handle the weight more than the weight capacity. The frame of the machine is coated with corrosive resistant finish and the Smith bar and Smith machine are coated with chrome.

The package does not comes with any kind of weights. So they are needed to be bought separately. Though, it comes with few of the accessories which are as follows:

  1. Triceps rope x1
  2. V bar x1
  • Chain link x1
  1. Handle grip x2
  2. Ankle strap x1
  3. Shiver bar x1

Workout Stations

Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine has 6 workout stations which offers 100+ exercises. All the exercises cover the entire body and lets the user enjoy the daily workout just at the ease of their home.

  1. Pec Fly Station- this station involves the movement of arms and elbows with rear weight bar. So this allows to focus on the growth of the pectoral muscles.
  2. High Crossover Station- this station helps to do the crossover exercises by the set of two high pulleys. In order to perform the lat pulldowns, the user need to buy the lat bar accessory separately.
  3. Low Pulley Station- this stations allows the exercises such as seated rows, abductions or one-legged curls.
  4. Chest Press Station- this station involves the Smith machine and bar so that the user is able to exercises related to chest.
  5. Pull Up Station- this part is on top of the machine. There are no rubber grips on this, this allows to perform pull-up exercises.
  6. Leg Developer- this station is present on the bench of the machine. It helps to do the exercises of leg curls and extensions.

The possibles exercises this Combo Smith Machine can offer are illustrated on the brochure that comes with the package. Few of the exercises are mentioned down below;

  • Lying biceps curls
  • Triceps extensions
  • Close grip pulldowns
  • Chin ups
  • Cliffhangers
  • Cables crunches
  • Seated trunk rotations
  • Back flies
  • Prone reverse flies
  • Back presses
  • Lat pulldowns
  • Kneeling rowing
  • Chest presses
  • Chest flies
  • Pullovers
  • Twisted crunches
  • Calf raises
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • His extensions
  • Shoulder presses
  • Deltoid raises with leg curls
  • Upright rows
  • Lateral arm pulls

The Pros

  • Square steel frame with excellent stability and sturdiness
  • 6 workout stations with 100+ exercises covering entire body
  • The bench offers 4 positions, it can also be removed to perform the few of the exercises without it
  • The pulleys and cables offer smooth workouts
  • Storage for the weight plates are available
  • It is compatible with Olympic and Standard weight plates as well
  • Few of the accessories are included in the package
  • Easy to use

The Cons

  • The weights plates are needed to be bought separately
  • The Olympic bar is 20 lbs lighter than usual
  • Quite bulky

Assembly and Maintenance

As just any other Smith Machine, Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine comes with many parts, so it is recommended to assemble it with another pair of hand. The package includes the manual but it would still take several hours as there are quite a few parts. Keeping is mind that this machine is bulky and heavy in weight, the user need to assemble it in a room where the exercises will be performed, as after getting in together it will not be able to move.

As for the maintenance is concerned, all this machine needs periodically is that the user must grease the pulleys, cables, parts and bolts so that they don’t loosen up and don’t make any squeaky noises.

Conclusion

Marcy SM-4008 Combo Smith Machine is a versatile home gym as it offers more than 100 exercises with 6 workout stations. It is quite heavy and bulky in terms of weight, so there should be no problem while working out. It also brings few of the accessories to perform with more ease. As this machine is quite heavy, it can handle weight up to 300 lbs. All in all, this machine offers great for the price it comes with.

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