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Marcy MWM-4965

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L:73"
W:38"
H:78"
36+15-200 lbs

Concrete &
vinyl,
10 lbs (ea)
Frame: 2 years

Although the MWM-4965 is one of the Marcy home gyms released in 2018, it’s still available at the moment. It’s similar in terms of features to the Marcy MWM-990 and has the same weight stack. However, it has an additional mid-pulley workout station and comes with an ab harness accessory, but lacks the preacher pad attachment.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 73L x 38W x 78H inches (185L x 96.5W x 198H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 261 lbs (118 kg)
  • Max. user capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Stack weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
  • Max. weight resistance: 200 lbs (90.7 kg) for the front press
  • Possible exercises: 36+
  • Warranty: Frame 2 years

Frame and parts

Similar to the MWM-990 model, the Marcy MWM-4965 home gym features a steel frame made of 14-gauge tubing. It integrates cylindrical and rectangular tubes in its construction to combine better sturdiness with aesthetics. All the steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistance paint finish. The color used is dark gray, with the exception of the fly press handles and the pull-down bar which have a light gray finish.

The fully assembled machine is not too large compared to other home gyms, such as the Marcy SM-4008. It is approx. 73″ (185 cm) long, and 38″ (96.5 cm) wide. Its highest point is approx. 78″ (198 cm), so it should fit in a room with a 7-foot ceiling. It’s recommended, though, to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of the machine, and at least three feet at the front, for ease of access and correct usage.

Since it comes with a weight stack, this Marcy home gym is pretty heavy. Its net weight is approx. 261 lbs (118 kg). Therefore, it shouldn’t need to be anchored to the floor as its weight provides plenty of stability. But on the other hand, it should be carried and assembled by at least two people and should be placed on a rubber mat to prevent floor damage.

The machine is equipped with 18 pulleys. They’re made of durable thermoplastic material and integrate ball bearings for smooth operation. The cables are steel-made, rated for a much greater weight resistance than the included 150 lbs (90.7 kg) stack, so they should last for a long period of time. The cables are covered by PVC sleeves to prevent the scratching of the pulleys.

The seat of the Marcy MWM-4965 is non-adjustable. Both the backrest and bottom pad attach directly to the machine’s frame. The bottom pad is at approx. 20″ (51 cm) above the floor level so the machine should accommodate comfortably users up to 6’3″ (190 cm). Taller users should still be able to use this home gym, but with a limited range of motion for the chest press or the leg developer. Also, the machine’s seat assembly is rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg).

Both seat pads integrate a thick layer of foam cushioning. They are textured for a more comfortable contact and for extra breathability. They feature a thick vinyl cover which is sweatproof and very easy to maintain.

Last but not least, the front base of the machine is equipped with a footplate for extra support when using the lower pulley for standing rows or tricep press downs.

Workout stations, attachments, and accessories

The Marcy MWM-4965 features 5 distinct workout stations. These are:

High-pulley and lat station. This workout station features only one end pulley. It offers the possibility to perform lat pull-downs and tricep press downs. It includes a 38″ (96.5 cm) lat bar with a zig-zag design which offers the possibility to adopt various grips. Its ends feature rubberized sleeves for an improved grip.

Front and fly press station. The machine’s front press consists of two arms connected to the pulley system. It can be used for standard seated front presses, but its two arms can move independently so you can also perform seated fly presses. Each arm is equipped with a cylindrical foam pad and a loop grip.

Mid-pulley station. This workout station consists of one end pulley integrated into the backbone of the machine’s frame, right above the backrest. You can attach various accessories to it, like the included D-Handle or the included Ab Harness to perform various mid-pulley exercises, such as ab crunches, resistance punches, deltoid presses, and more.

Low-pulley station. The machine’s low pulley is integrated into its front upright bar. It offers the possibility to perform seated rows or standing rows, as well as bicep curl exercises. However, a short bar is not included with the machine for this, so you can either opt for one or use the lat bar for these exercises. An ankle strap is included, though, so you can also perform leg abductions.

Leg developer. This attachment connects to the front section of the machine and the low pulley. Evidently, it offers the possibility to perform leg extensions. It features four large foam rollers for extra comfort.

Weight Resistance

The Marcy MWM-4965 home gym machine is equipped with a 150 lbs (68 kg) weight stack. It consists of 14 weight plates plus the selector weight. Each plate weighs approx. 10 lbs (4.5 kg). It’s also important to mention here that the stack is not upgradable. Marcy doesn’t offer extra plates for it, so in case you would want to add extra weight, you will have to improvise which is not recommended.

The machine’s workout stations offer different weight resistance, depending on the number of weight plates selected. For example, even though the weight stack is only 150 lbs (68 kg), the front press offers a maximum weight resistance of 200 lbs (90.7 kg) while the low pulley offers a maximum weight resistance of 160 lbs (72.5 kg). The table below indicates the weight resistance generated by each one of the workout stations.

The weight plates are made of cement featuring durable vinyl covers. Even though they’re not made of cast iron as it is the case for the Body-Solid G6BR, they’re pretty solid and should last a lifetime if used properly. The weight adjustment system is simple. It consists of a selector pin placed on the inner side of the stack. Also, the covers of the weight stack are numbered, for easy selection.

Possible Exercises

This Marcy home gym comes with a sheet of exercises attached to the weight stack enclosure. It offers the possibility to perform at least 36 exercises. Among them, we can count:

  • Seated Biceps Curls
  • Stand-up Biceps Curls
  • Concentration Curls
  • Triceps Pressdowns
  • Triceps Extensions
  • Triceps Kickbacks
  • Ab Pulldowns
  • Ab Crunches
  • Mid-pulley Trunk Rotations
  • Low Pulley Trunk Rotations
  • Resistance Punches
  • Woodchops
  • Deltoid Raises
  • Seated Rows
  • Upright Rows
  • Vertical Grip Chest Presses
  • Horizontal Grip Chest Presses
  • Fly presses
  • High Cable Cross-Overs
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • One-leg Curls
  • Leg Abductions
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Adductions
  • Kickbacks
  • Squats
  • … and more.

Assembly and Maintenance

The Marcy MWM-4965 home gym comes packaged in 3 boxes. They’re rather heavy thus the receiving of the package, unboxing and assembly should be done by two people. The assembly is not too complicated and the manual provides pretty clear assembly instructions, but due to the many parts that require assembly, the task may take at least a few hours. Also, it is recommended to lubricate the moving parts during assembly to make sure that all the parts will function smoothly for a long period of time.

Tools for assembly are not included. You will need two adjustable wrenches or a set of fixed wrenches, a Phillips screwdriver, and a rubber mallet.

Once the machine is assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. The two guide rods that hold the weight stack may need some lubrication from time to time to ensure a smooth motion for the plates. Other than this, it is recommended to periodically inspect the machine to make sure that all the parts still function properly and all the joints still hold tight in place.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction, elegant frame design;
  • Thick, durable, and contoured vinyl upholstery, with consistent padding for maximum comfort;
  • Foam roller padding on the chest press bars and leg developer attachment;
  • Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
  • Five workout stations, including: high-pulley, mid-pulley, low pulley, front and fly press station, and leg developer;
  • Ankle strap included;
  • D-handle included;
  • Lat bar included;
  • Ab harness included;
  • Over 36 exercises available;
  • Quiet operation, suitable machine for apartment use;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Fairly easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • A short bar for low rows is not included;
  • The weight stack is not upgradable;
  • Not for users taller than 6’3″ (190 cm).

Summary

The Marcy MWM-4965 is a multi-function home gym equipped with five workout stations including high, mid, and low pulley, leg developer, and fly/front press. It is equipped with a 150 lbs vinyl/cement weight stack and can generate a maximum weight resistance of 200 lbs (for the front press). It allows the execution of more than 36 exercises for a full-body workout. In all, it’s a fairly decent machine offering excellent value for the price.

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