Progression MD9010 Smith Machine
- Great Value! Review by CMalone
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- Great for the price Review by beanarke
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- Smith/cage worked well for a family to strength train on Review by John Smith (Major Smith)
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Well here is my rundown on this gym:
Pros are as follows:
1. Great quality/price ratio.
2. This machine looks great in your living room, den, patio, or where ever you put so long as you have room for it.
3. Almost every major exercise known to man can be done on this system. I'm guessing there are at least over 100 different ones you can do on it.
4. Depending on your current weight collection, it will hold either regular 1" weight plates or 2" Olympic weight plates. It comes with these hard plastic adapters which slide over everything to make it Olympic size. It also comes with enough clips to go over every single weight peg; however, the set only comes with Olympic sized clips so if you want to use regular sized plates you have to get regular sized clips separately.
Unfortunately this system has some Cons (but that's ok, nothings perfect):
1. The chrome bars that the Smith bar and the rear cable weight slide up and down do not come with any type of lubrication so the smith bar makes an annoying grinding noise going up and down while the rear cable weight holder tend to kinda stick going either up or down. I highly recommend getting some lubricant for both of these areas. After I lubed'em up they slide up and down smoothly. Hey now, get your mind out of the gutter. :)
2. Build time for this system is staggering. Even though the instructions were not that bad and all of the nuts, bolts, washers, and bushings were labeled it still took 7 hours to put it together and that was with a buddy helping me the whole time. Be prepared to spend a lot of time building this if you get one.
3. It doesn't come with an Olympic weight set or regular Olympic bar but that didn't bother me any. You can buy plates pretty cheap these days.
I have another few tid bits of information, an "fyi" if you will, that I think everyone who is considering this gym should know. It has a spot on the bottom back support to hold an Olympic bar for storage. The smith bar has multiple locations to lock for varying heights and has adjustable emergency stops just in-case you can't stand back up. The big white Olympic bar holders in the very front can be moved to any location on the silver part of the front so you can stand and rack a bar if you are doing shoulders or put it low for declined bench presses. Last but not the least, its rated to support 600 pounds on the unit. That doesn't include the weight of the gym so it would come out to about 1100 pounds all together if you include the maximum plate weight and weight of the gym.
All in all I am 100% impressed and would buy it again if I ever needed to. (Posted on 10-12-17)
- Best Free Weight System for the Price Review by Just "Steve"
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I researched for weeks what would be the best free weight (or similar) home gym, at the lowest price possible, and as safely as possible without a spotter, but without sacrificing quality. This Marcy smith system won the toss. There were a few other possible runner-ups (like the Body Solid Series 7 Smith Machine at $2800, or the Powertec Multisystem Leverage Gym at $1500). Both had their pros (quality) and cons (size/price), but in the end when I compared everything this Marcy gym won hands down. The Linear Bearings used in it dramatically increase the quality factor, and while some reviews said they were not "Thompson" bearings, I find them to be of very good quality and extremely smooth (besides, how "brand name" do you really need little steel ball bearings to be anyways).
Anyhow, there are a few things to note about this gym:
GREAT price for a multi-piece machine
EVERY major exercise you can think of. I pulled out my exercise routine I followed when I was a member of Bally's Gym, and I was able to do every single exercise on my list. I am still amazed at everything this gym has!
THE SIZE of it is even more compact than I thought. The frame is only about 5 feet wide by 5 feet long (but keep in mind that the smith bar extends about 7 feet across, and the bench sticks out about 2 feet longer than the frame itself).
LOOKS - it is probably the most stylish smith gym I have seen in blue and white (coincidentally, our walls are the same color blue, so that was a bonus)
You need to buy separate olympic weights. This is not actually a CON, since most of these free weight gyms require the same, but you can tack on a few hundred more for those (Roughly $300 for 270lbs)
The instructions - although they are fairly easy to read, they are absolutely horrible for matching parts. NOTHING, not a single solitary part (and there are about 100) have labels. You have to actually hunt through the boxes to match the right piece with the right step and diagram you are on to make sure you have the right match. What were they thinking here? The good news is that each part is pretty much one of a kind, so you shouldn't have too much trouble matching the piece, it's just finding it amongst 100 pieces that is the trouble. They could have made this much easier. The build time as stated in several reviews online said 5-8 hours, and yes it took me all 8 hours simply because of the hide and seek of matching parts. Proper labeling could have easily cut this down to 6 hours at a maximum.
Lastly, two of the frame pieces were bent when they got here (although no visible damage to the boxes). I had to hammer one piece back to it's correct shape, and the other had an elongated hole in it for a bolt to fit through, but because it was bent so much I had to drill about a 1/4" more space to accommodate the bolt.
All in all, I would absolutely buy this again, as long as you don't mind an 8 hour build time and the "possibility" of a little extra handy work.
My logic with this product was to buy it for the big exercises, buy the Bowflex SelectTech dumbells as well, buy the free weights, and buy an extra EZ curl bar. I did exactly that, while at the same time maintaining the ability to keep free weight quality and encompass all necessary exercises.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, AND WE ARE 100% SATISFIED! (Posted on 10-12-17)