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The Marcy PM-5108 is a power cage system that also includes a lat attachment and a 3-position exercise bench. It doesn’t include its own weight stack as the Body-Solid PSM1442XS Smith machine, but its lat attachment can be loaded with regular weight plates. It’s a mid-range powerlifting system, great for any home gym setup.
Key Features and Specifications
- Cage dimensions: 50.75L x 42.25W x 83.75H inches (129L x 107W x 213H cm)
- Bench dimensions: 68.25L x 25.75W x 45.5H (173L x 65W x 116H cm)
- Total weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
- Weight capacity:
Max. user weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Bar catches: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Leg developer: 100 lbs (45 kg)
Lat machine: 100 lbs (45 kg)
- Possible exercises: 40+
- Warranty: 2 years limited
The main frame of the Marcy Pro Deluxe is made of 14-gauge steel tubing, featuring a pretty sturdy construction. The included catch bars are rated for a weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg). Also, its top pull-up bar is rated for the same 300 lbs (136 kg) capacity. This bar offers a standard grip with rubberized handles.
All the structural frame bars of the cage and the bench are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The main bars of the cage are painted black, while the base frame of the bench is light gray. The top pull-up bar and the bar catch elements also have a gray paint finish.
The cage isn’t extremely large. With all the bars assembled, it is approx. 50.75″ (129 cm) long, and 42.25″ (107 cm) wide. Its top bar is at approx. 7′ (213 cm) above floor level, so it won’t fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling. It is recommended to leave at least 5-6 inches of clearance above it to be able to perform pull-ups correctly. Also, considering that the bench is approx. 69″ (173 cm) long, you should assign a usage area for this strength cage system of at least 130″ x 100″ (330 x 254 cm).
Considering that the width of the cage is only 42.25″ (107 cm), it is compatible with both 7′ and 6′ barbells. A barbell is not included with the cage, though; you will either have to use your own or purchase one separately along with corresponding weight plates.
The two main upright pillars of the unit are slightly inclined towards the rear of the unit. This not only provides extra sturdiness to the power cage, but it also offers a bit of extra front-to-back room inside it. Each pillar has 8 height positions for the catch bars.
The base bars of the power cage do not have any adjustable stabilizers, nor do they have rubber pads. Therefore, it is recommended to place the unit on a rubber mat to prevent floor damage. Also, the base bars do not have any holes pre-drilled into them for anchoring the cage to the floor. However, it is pretty heavy and sturdy, so anchoring it to the floor shouldn’t be necessary.
Lat attachment and accessories
The Marcy Pro Deluxe PM-5108 integrates a lat machine. However, as we’ve mentioned above, it does not have its own weight stack. Its weight carriage can be loaded with either Standard (1″) or Olympic (2″) weight plates. Its pegs are 1″ in diameter, but the box includes 2″ Olympic adapters for them, as well as spring collar to secure the weight plate in place.
The weight carriage of the lat machine is attached to the backbone bar of the rack. It slides on it in a span of approx. 70″, providing plenty of motion range. The pulleys are made of durable nylon material and integrate ball bearings for a smoother motion. The cables are steel-made, rated for a 2,000 lbs capacity so there shouldn’t be any problem if you put the maximum load on the carriage.
Although the specified weight capacity for the lat machine is 100 lbs (45 kg), users have reported having loaded it with up to 150 lbs (68 kg) with no problem. Also, its weight ratio is 1:1. In other words, if you load it with 50 lbs (22.6 kg), you will benefit from 50 lbs (22.6 kg) of weight resistance.
There are several accessories included with the PM-5108 for the lat machine. Among them, we can count the lat bar, the short row bar, two extension chains, a D-handle, and an ankle cuff.
Bench and leg developer
The Marcy Pro Deluxe PM-5108 power cage system includes a pretty standard bench. It features an adjustable backrest with three positions, for incline, horizontal, and decline exercises. The seat section is not adjustable. It doesn’t tilt, nor you can adjust its height.
The base frame of the bench is made of steel tubing similar to the rest of the cage. The maximum recommended user weight for it is 300 lbs (136 kg), to which you can add the maximum 300 lbs (136 kg) recommended for the catch bars.
The bench is fairly large. It is approx. 68.25″L x 25.75″W (173L x 65W). Due to its steel structure, it is also pretty heavy so it provides excellent stability. But on the other hand, it does not have any transport wheels, so removing it from the cage if, for example, you want to do squats, may require a bit of effort.
Both the seat and the backrest integrate 2″ of foam padding for optimal comfort. The upholstery is made of durable vinyl material which is also sweat proof and easy to maintain.
The bench is equipped with a leg developer. This attachment features three 4″ (10 cm) foam rollers for improved comfort during leg extensions. It has a peg that can be loaded with weight plates up to 100 lbs (45 kg). Just as for the lat machine, the peg of the leg developer is 1″ in diameter, suitable for Standard weight plates, but a 2″ plastic adapter is included, in case you already have Olympic weight plates.
It is important to mention that neither the bench nor the cage has knee stoppers for lat pulldowns. Therefore, if you want to perform lat pulldowns with extra-heavy loads, it may be a bit difficult to remain seated; you may end up lifting yourself up, rather than pulling all the weight down.
- Wide grip pull-ups
- Muscle pull-ups
- Behind head pull-ups
- Close grip chin-ups
- Wide grip chin-ups
- Hanging knee raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Lat pull-downs
- Close grip pulldowns
- Behind head pulldowns
- Aerobic rowing
- Kneeling rowing
- Bicep curls
- Triceps press downs
- Incline presses
- Decline presses
- Horizontal presses
- Single arm chest presses
- Wide grip chest presses
- Close grip chest presses
- Cable crunches
- Cable twist crunches
- Seated trunk rotations
- Standing trunk rotations
- Seated leg extensions
- Lying leg extensions
- Leg curls
- Stand-up leg curls
- Calf raises
- Single-leg squats
- Kneeling single-leg squats
- Wide squats
- Twisting squats
- Jumping squats
- Hip extensions
- Hip adductions
- Hip abductions
- … and more
Of course, the bench can be used for the full range of dumbbell exercises.
Assembly and Maintenance
Needless to say, both the cage and the bench require full assembly. They come in several boxes and putting them together may take more than three hours. The tools required for assembling the machine are not included; you will need one adjustable wrench, a set of Allen wrenches, and a rubber mallet.
Once this home gym system is assembled, its maintenance doesn’t require much. Its pulleys and the lat machine carriage may require a bit of lubrication from time to time. Other than this, it is recommended to periodically check the machine for loose bolts and parts.
- Heavy-duty 14-gauge steel construction;
- Two sets of safety catches;
- 8 adjustment positions for the safety catches;
- Lat machine with high-pulley and low-pulley;
- Olympic 2″ adapters for the lat machine carriage and leg developer;
- 3-position (flat, incline, and decline) bench included;
- 2″ of foam padding on the backrest and seat of the bench;
- Leg developer included;
- Heavy-duty nylon pulleys;
- 2,000 lbs tensile strength steel cables;
- Lat pulldown bar included;
- Short row bar included;
- Ankle cuff and D-handle included;
- Over 40 possible exercises;
- Little maintenance required;
- Fairly easy to assemble.
- No knee stoppers for the lat machine;
- Tools for assembly are not included.
The Marcy Pro Deluxe PM-5108 is a power cage system equipped with a lat machine, and a lifting bench featuring a leg developer attachment. The set also includes pull-up bar, a lat pulldown bar, a short row bar, extension chains, a D-handle, and an ankle cuff. It’s a fairly sturdy strength training system; both the bar catches and the bench have a weight capacity of 300 lbs. This weight lifting system offers the possibility to perform more than 40 quality exercises in order to train all muscle groups. It’s also an affordable home gym, currently available for less than $350.