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If you’re looking for an affordable yet versatile home gym, the Marcy MWM-6150 is definitely a model that you should put on your list. This home gym is quite similar to the Marcy MWM-990, however, it doesn’t include the preacher pad attachment. It’s a home gym system with five workout stations, making available more than 30 exercises. It features a vinyl weight stack, this being one of the aspects that render it cheaper than other models.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 67″L x 39″W x 83″H (170L x 99W x 211H cm)
- Assembled weight: 262 lbs (118.8 kg)
- Max. user capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Stack weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
- Max. weight resistance: 186 lbs (84.3 kg) for the front press
- Possible exercises: 30+
- Warranty: 2 years limited
Frame, parts, and accessories
The Marcy MWM-6150 home gym features a frame made of 14ga steel tubing. Despite the fact that it’s a rather small home gym compared to other models such as the Body-Solid EXM2500S for example, it has quite a robust construction. With the weight stack assembled, the machine weighs more than 250 lbs, and this weight adds a lot of stability. Its base doesn’t integrate adjustable stabilizers or rubberized pads to rest on, that’s why it is recommended to assemble it on a rubber mat. It also doesn’t have holes for anchoring it to the floor. However, if you do want to anchor it down, you can always drill a few holes in the rear and front base tubes.
This Marcy home gym system isn’t extremely large. When fully assembled it takes only 67″L x 39″W (170 x 99 cm) of floor space. However, it does require at least two feet of clearance all around it for safe and unhindered operation. Its height is 83″ (211 cm), which means that you can place it in a room with a 7′ (213 cm) ceiling, but it will be a tight fit. It is recommended to leave at least 10″ of clearance above the machine.
The seat and backrest of the Marcy MWM-6150 integrate 2″ (5 cm) of foam padding in order to deliver optimal comfort for all the exercises that require you to be in seated position. They are finished with a durable upholstery, made of heavy-duty black vinyl material.They are non-adjustable, though, and this being said, the machine is made to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’2″ (153 – 188 cm). Taller users may need to improvise on certain exercises. Also, the seat assembly is rated for a weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg).
This Marcy home gym features 14 pulleys made of durable nylon material. Each pulley incorporates a sealed ball bearing, in order to deliver a smooth operation and a long lifespan.
The machine’s cables are steel ropes with a tensile strength of 2,000 lbs (907 kg). The frame design and the pulley placement doesn’t require any cable change for the usage of any of the machine’s workout stations.
The front base of the machine integrates a foot placement plate for low-pulley curls or other exercises. The weight stack features two sizeable covers, also made of steel, which provide protection for the whole range of motion of the stack.
All the steel parts in the frame construction are coated with a durable finish, black in color, this being the only color available for this Marcy machine.
One last aspect to mention here regards the included accessories with the Marcy MWM-6150. These are one lat bar, one ankle strap, and one extension chain. This machine doesn’t include a short bar for seated rows or curls, but you can always use the lat bar.
The Marcy MWM-6150 offers five workout stations. These are:
Pec fly station – for pectoral and deltoid muscles training. It features a multi-grip design so that users of various heights can find a comfortable position for the fly workout. The fly bars and grips do not have foam covers.
Chest press station – The fly press features double functionality and can be used as a chest press station as well. It allows you to perform a variety of exercises for triceps, shoulders, and pectoral muscles development.
High-pulley station (lat bar included) – for lat pulldown exercises, and the training of triceps, shoulders and back muscles. The lat bar has a standard, curved design, with foam grips at the ends.
Low-pulley station – This workout station offers the possibility to perform a wide array of exercises, such as stand-up curls, triceps kickbacks, squats, seated rows and more;
Leg developer – This attachment speaks for itself; connected to the lower pulley system it offers the possibility to perform leg extensions. However, since the machine doesn’t have a long bench only a regular seat, standard (face-down) leg curls cannot be performed on it. You can do one leg curls by using the ankle strap, though. The leg developer attachment is equipped with large, 4″ foam rollers to provide all the comfort required for the related exercises.
In case you’re wondering, this home gym system is not designed to accommodate a preacher pad station. If you want this attachment, the MWM-990 model is recommended. Also, Marcy doesn’t offer any leg press attachment compatible with this particular home gym system.
This Marcy home gym machine is equipped with a vinyl weight stack. Differently put, each weight plate is made of concrete material, not steel, being coated with a durable vinyl layer. This is one of the reasons this machine is considerably cheaper than the Powerline P1X for example, a home gym which doesn’t even have a pec fly station. However, even though the plates are not metallic, they can still last for many years of use. Even if the concrete sustains damage or cracks, the durable vinyl layer will continue to keep it together, rendering that particular plate still functional.
The machine’s stack includes 14 weight plates, each one of them weighing 10 lbs (4.5 kg). The top support plate also weighs 10 lbs (4.5 kg); therefore, the total weight of the stack is 150 lbs (68 kg).
The weight stack is selectorized; weight adjustments can easily and quickly be done, without taking a lot of time from your workout.
The machine’s weight ratios vary from one workout station to another, depending on the number and placement of the pulleys. The maximum weight resistance output provided is 186 lbs (84.3 kg), which applies to the chest press station. All the approximate weight ratios provided by the machine’s stations are specified in the table below.
As a note here, the ratios for the pec fly apply for one arm.
One last aspect to mention here is the fact that the machine’s stack is not upgradable. Marcy Fitness doesn’t offer any type of extra weight plates to fit to this machine. So, unless you improvise (which is not recommended), the maximum weight of the stack that you can benefit from is 150 lbs (68 kg).
The machine comes with a sheet of exercises attached to the weight stack enclosure. Among the exercises that you can perform on this Marcy weight stack machine, we can count:
- Seated Biceps Curls
- Stand-up Biceps Curls
- Concentration Curls
- Triceps Pressdowns
- Triceps Extensions
- Triceps Kickbacks
- Ab Pulldowns
- Low Pulley Trunk Rotations
- Deltoid Raises
- Seated Rows
- Upright Rows
- Vertical Grip Chest Presses
- Horizontal Grip Chest Presses
- Fly presses
- High Cable Cross-Overs
- Lat Pulldowns
- Leg Curls
- Leg Abductions
- Leg Extensions
- Leg Adductions
- … and more.
Assembly and Maintenance
Even though the Marcy MWM-6150 home gym is a rather basic home gym system, its assembly will take at least a couple of hours as there are many parts to put together. However, the included manual provides clear, step-by-step assembly instructions. It is recommended that the pivoting parts are lubricated before assembly; also, it’s recommended for the assembly to be done by two people.
Maintenance requires the periodic lubrication of the pulleys. A periodic check for loose bolts and parts is also recommended.
- Sturdy construction, elegant frame design;
- Thick and durable vinyl upholstery, with consistent padding for maximum comfort;
- Foam roller padding on the leg developer attachment;
- Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
- Five workout stations, including pec fly, chest press, low pulley, high pulley, and leg attachment;
- Ankle strap included;
- Lat bar included;
- Chain extension included;
- Over 30 exercises available;
- Quiet operation, suitable machine for apartment use;
- Little maintenance required;
- Fairly easy to assemble.
- The weight stack cannot be upgraded;
- Seat and backrest are non-adjustable;
- Short bar for seated rows is not included;
- The tools required for the machine’s assembly are not included.
The Marcy MWM-6150 is an affordable home gym system equipped with a 150 lbs (68 kg) vinyl weight stack, featuring 5 workout stations. It can provide a max. weight resistance of 186 lbs (84.3 kg). It offers the possibility to execute more than 30 exercises involving the most important muscle groups. It’s a machine designed for beginners and intermediate users, and may not be the best choice for users who require heavy weight loads. Finally, considering that it costs less than $500, it’s a fitness machine with an excellent price/value ratio.