The Marcy 150 Pound Home Gym is perfect for beginner and even intermediate users. This is a cheap, but decent quality full-body workout station that offers a good range of exercises for toning workouts.
Since you don’t have to change cables between exercises, you can also do a few basic circuit workouts to improve cardiovascular conditioning.
It’s important to note that the 150 pound maximum resistance will be a deterrent for anyone who’s looking to get really strong and/or looking to build a significant amount of muscle. You also won’t be able to add your own weight plates to the Marcy 150, like you can on more expensive home gyms; the shrouded stack design just doesn’t allow for it.
- Footprint = 68” L x 36” W x 79” H (*This is very small for a stack-type home gym; perfect for an apartment or small room.)
- Single Weight Stack = 150 Pounds
- Maximum User Weight = 300 Pounds
- 2-Year Warranty
- Upper Pulley (Lat Pulldown, Tricep Pushdown, Cable Ab Crunches, Pullovers)
- Lower Pulley (Arm Curl, Upright Row, Seated Rows, Preachers, Legs, Adductors, Abductors, Lat Raises, etc.)
- Adjustable Preacher Pad Attachment
- Leg Extension/Curl Attachment
- Pec Deck Flyes
- Bench Press
Pros of the Marcy 150 Pound Home Gym:
- Very inexpensive way to get a decent workout at home.
- Perfect for beginners.
- Very safe.
- High and low pulley stations included.
- Very quiet; no clanging of weights (However, see cons for a different point-of-view on this.)
- Exceptionally small footprint for a full body workout station.
- Easy to clean finish on the paint and cushions.
- Descriptive exercise poster included with purchase.
- 2-year warranty is pretty impressive for such a low cost piece of equipment.
Cons of the Marcy 150 Pound Home Gym:
- Almost too cheap (you will get what you pay for, little more than that.)
- Thin 14-gauge steel used for frame (this is probably why the user weight capacity and 150 pound stack limit are so low.)
- Concrete weight plates encased in plastic means quieter operation but perhaps shorter life, more possibility of damage if slammed hard enough.
- No ability to add your own free weights to the stack due to design (not to mention the tensile strength of the Marcy 150’s cables aren’t listed anywhere.)
- Lots of bolts and pieces (assembly is required.)
- Both the seat and leg station aren’t adjustable, so anyone who isn’t average height may find it difficult to workout in maximum comfort.
- No foot plate for doing seated rows (you can still do them, but a foot plate would make them a lot more comfortable.)
The Marcy 150 Pound Weight Stack Home Gym is a budget-priced model, designed to make a home gym as affordable as possible. If you’re looking to get in shape and don’t want to spend a $1000 on a home gym, or even more on a yearly gym membership, the Marcy 150 is a good choice for less than half that price.
If you’re looking for more options, you’re not going to find them in this price range. If you need more workout options and weight capacity: consider going with something like the Body-Solid G1S Home Gym I recently reviewed, which typically rings in at double the price of the Marcy 150.Check on Amazon for more info!