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Marcy MWM-990 150-lb Multifunctional Home Gym

Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym is weight stack home gym exercise machine, enabling a trainee to do the full body workout at the privacy of home in the very safe manner. It is single station home gym machine, but since the weights and exercises are easily changed, 2-3 persons can workout at the same time.

Published: March 5, 2019.

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MWM-990 is equipped with 150 pounds of weights (15 plates, each plate 10 pounds). Weight stack is protected, so if anything happen, trainee is rather protected from free falling weights - very important when working out at home, alone.

Weight from the weight stack is 'transferred' using cables and pulleys to individual exercises. When working out, it is the best practice to memorize or write down number of plates, reps and sets of individual exercises, not the weights. If you want to know how much you lift in each exercise, check the following chart:

Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym Weight Resistance Chart

Weight Plate Front Press Butterfly Lat Pull Low Pulley
1  31 15 30  30
2  44  20  40  40
3  57  25  50  50
4  70  30  60  60
5  83  35  70  70
6  96  40  80  80
7  109  45  90  90
8  122  50  100  100
9  135  55  110  110
10  146  60  120  120
11  161  65  130  130
12  174  70  140  140
13  187  75  140  150
14  200  80  160  160

Note that the numbers given in the chart are approximate - they depend on many things, including the state of the pulleys, exercise machine lubrication and similar.

Also, given values for butterfly exercise are for each arm - if you are working out with 10 plates, weight on each arm is 60 pounds - 120 pounds total.

Maximum supported user weight is 300 lbs (136 kg), allowing most people to use this 150-lb stack home gym to burn fat, gain muscles and increase the strength and stamina.

When home gym arrives it must be assembled. Assembly is rather simple, but before doing anything, read the manual. If you are not DIY type of person, it is sometimes possible to order a technician to assemble it for you.

Assembled dimensions are 68" x 36" x 79" (~173 x 92 x 201 cm). Although Marcy MWM-990 is not large piece of exercise equipment, compared to some other home gyms, it is the best practice to position it on the permanent location.

marcy mwm 990 features

There are cheaper weight stack home gyms on the market, even with heavier weight stack, but the MWM-990 offers perhaps the best compromise between size of the weight stack and the strength and durability of the exercise machine itself.

Whole unit is made using heavy-duty steel tubing and is reinforced with guard rods holding weight in place during workouts - unit feel very robust and durable.

The 'Dual Action Press Arms' allow user to execute various chest presses and vertical butterfly exercises. The padded press arms feature oversized foam roller pads for added comfort while performing chest exercises.

The 'Leg Developer' enable the user to work lower body muscles for the total leg developer, while foam roller pads allow a rather comfortable workout.

The 'Preacher Curl Pad' is removable and adjustable, allowing the user to make isolated bicep exercises.

Note: although I like exercises that focus the stress on a single muscle, best results are achieved by doing multijoint exercises.

Marcy MWM-990 comes the 'Weight Stack Lock', allowing the user to lock weight stack, preventing the unauthorized use of this home gym. Personally, this is very interesting feature, but this excellent home gym is designed for home use - so, what's is this feature all about? :)

Upper pulley with 'Z' pull-up bar allows the user to target core while performing ab crunches and to work on the back and biceps while performing various chin-ups and pull-ups.

All in all, Marcy MWM-990 enables the user to workout entire body via 30+ various exercises at the privacy of home.

Note that Marcy MWM-990 comes with user manual and installation manual and that it also features exercise chart with short descriptions and explanations on the front side of the weight stack ('Instructional Placard').

Marcy Home Gyms Comparison

Marcy manufactures several weight stack home gyms differing in dimensions, weight stack size, pulley systems, accessories and other important details.

The following chart lists several, very popular, Marcy's home gyms:

Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym sharest many similarities with other weight stack home gyms, including many extra features not always found on other units.

Although Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym is not a commercial grade exercise machine, it’s great for home use since it offers more than 30 different exercises.

Compare the prices:

Additional features, accessories and in the end exercises, increase the end price, but this is one time fee, for the exercise machine that may serve the user for many years to come...

Long Story Short: If you are looking for compact but versatile and durable home gym that offers exercises for full body and it comes at affordable price, consider Marcy MWM-990.

There are larger home gyms on the market with heavier weight stack that offers even more exercises, but such home gyms are also more expensive.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Marcy MWM-990 Home Gym Amazon link.

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