Marcy Pro PM4400 Leverage Multi Gym Review
(AKA - the Tunturi WT80 below)
Just to clarify why a musician & truth seeker is reviewing home gym equipment.
Some time ago (around the year 2006) I stopped playing cover songs & studied to become a fitness instructor by day, so that I could concentrate on fatherhood, songwriting & recording/production in my spare time. Eventually qualifying to teach GYM, Body-pump & some other things as well, but soon felt overwhelmingly compelled gave it up - to play live, original music - with absolutely no regrets. Though I do still train but nowadays it's with somewhat heavier weights.
So here's my review of the Marcy Pro PM4400.
Firstly, my only regret is not ordering this a lot sooner. This machine makes heavy duty, home alone training safe - in so many ways. The sheer quality is impressive throughout & it makes so many things possible for the solo home trainer.
Squats: The bar allows some forward/backward movement which makes the plane of motion less like a machine & more like a barbell squat - but with the safety of a machine. This is important because the vast majority of weight-training injuries occur when using barbells & dumbells.
You can load up heavy with confidence & not worry.
Some people are critical of the fact that (with machines like this) you have to begin your squat from the bottom (as opposed to the top) of the squat, but this is actually a good thing. - If you view some of the many squat fail videos online, you'll notice that many of these failures (& subsequent injuries) occur because of ego training . . . ie: while they may be able to get the loaded barbell off the rack & lower with it - they cannot get it back up again because they've simply got too much weight on the barbell.
This is common with bench pressing as well.
With this machine - you can't do that, because with too much weight on, it'll simply stay where it is & you will therefore have to reduce the load accordingly (to a weight you can handle - same with chest press) - so it is indeed much safer in that respect than free weights & a rack. Even if you do fail (or collapse) half way through your set - you're still never going to get crushed on a machine like this.
Chest Press: A lot of athletes & bodybuilders have abandoned the barbell bench press, because of the possible hazards not only from training without a 'spotter' but also because lowering the bar too much can lead to serious shoulder injuries. This is not a problem with the Marcy, because you can set the lowest point before you even start, & proceed to press as heavy as you can handle.
Shoulder Press: You can do military press with this machine, but you can also swivel the bench to one side, connect the bar & do a standing shoulder press - a much more functional move, especially because of the (already mentioned) forward/backward movement this bar allows. Taller users may need to use a wider stance if they wish to do this one.
Triceps: This bar also makes Triceps Pushdowns very good on the Marcy, but you can also position yourself between the bench press handles & do downward triceps extensions (like you might do with dip bars) only (again) you can set the highest position to ensure shoulder safety.
Biceps: Also surprisingly good with the connectable bar, & unlike traditional multi-gyms, all these exercises are totally friction-free. It's worth mentioning also that all the Powertec Arm Curl, Leg Developer & other accessories fit this Marcy bench perfectly, so this opens up other possibilities as well.
Overall: I haven't covered all the exercises, but I will say that this machine is whisper quiet & silky smooth. Some seriously thorough consideration has been put into the design of this Marcy & so it can do a lot, & it does it all very well indeed.
Lastly: Smith machine systems are really the only alternative to a system like this, but they are inferior in a number of ways. They take up a lot more space, they don't move as freely, you need to spend a fair bit to get a good, safe one, & their 'guillotine motion' makes them more of a hazard if you have children. They also have a rigid plane of motion for the main 'Smith' exercises, so you'll need to spend even more on a huge Smith/Jones machine to get the two dimensional movement that this Marcy already gives you - & why would you when the Marcy is way more compact?
Take it from me - a level 3 qualified fitness instructor with 35 years training experience ...if you want safe, friction-free, heavy duty home training - this Marcy Pro PM-4400 is about the best thing on the market right now, in terms of functionality, quality & value for money.
It CAN be used with standard 1" weights (if you don't attach the Olympic sleeves) but I would say Olympic weights are better for quietness (the sleeves are plastic but the under bars are metal) & because it's easier to find tri-grip Olympic plates (than tri-grip standard plates) which are easier to lift & hold - so less likely likely to drop on your foot.
So yes - if you want quick results for your hard work with a sturdy & versatile multi-gym system, zero friction & no cables or pulleys to replace, I would definitely recommend the Marcy PM-4400. It's a system you can upgrade & you're never likely to grow out of.
Pros: No friction. No pulleys or cables. Low maintenance. Rock solid build should last for years. Very versatile. Relatively safe around children. Great for heavy duty training. Safe home-alone training.
Cons: 'Pin & grommet hole' bench adjustment (less safe for kids' fingers than sawtooth adjustment method). Relatively high pivot point means "flat bench press" (plane of motion) is actually 'slightly declined'. 'Push-or-pull' design means moving wight discs back & forward during workouts - not a big deal though.