The Marcy Pro PM4400 Leverage Home Gym is a versatile full body workout system that can be used to safely perform upper and lower body exercises with weights of up to 220kg.
A fully adjustable bench with incline, decline and flat options and a pivoting design to create room for squats are just a few of the features talked about in more detail for this product article.
If the size isn’t a problem (205cm x 127.5cm x 180cm) and you can fit this piece of exercise equipment in your own home gym, then there can be some major benefits to your workouts.
The most important of these is the range of exercises, with both upper and lower body workouts possible.
Although there isn’t a squat rack or cage for supporting your squats, the exercise can still be performed safely simply by sliding the bench out of the way.
This is done by loosening the pin on the base frame of the bench and rotating it around to one side. This gives you access to the metal footplate underneath where you can stand to perform the squats, as well as shrugs and overhead presses.
Although none of the steps for setting up the Marcy Pro PM4400 have a textual explanation in the user manual, there are still 9 pages of detailed exploded drawings. These show how each of the parts fits together, as well as labelling the parts with numbers which correspond to a parts list.
Weight limits, bench adjustment and stability
With 2 arms to load weight plates on depending on which muscle group you are targetting, this higher weight limit is for the front arm, performing exercises such as shoulder presses and squats.
The rear arm can still take an impressive 181kg and should be more than enough for even very experienced lifters, performing exercises such as wide grip lat pulldowns.
To add variety to your workouts there is also the option of adjusting the angle of the padded back support on the bench. Even changing to the optimal angle for incline presses of 30 to 45 degrees leaves you plenty of room to perform the pressing exercises comfortably.
Due to the design of the lever and positioning of the pivot point, the exercise will move through your body’s natural range of motion to ensure the exercise is as effective as possible.
One final point worth mentioning with the design of the Marcy Pro PM4400 is the addition of weight plate storage pegs to the main vertical support. This really serves two purposes.
The first is to provide you with somewhere to store the weight plates you aren’t currently using, and the second is to increase the stability when you are performing exercises such as heavy pulldowns.
The thick frame and cross shaped base design with cross braces attached to the main vertical support both help provide more stability and create a safe training environment for if you are working out without a spotter.
Marcy Pro PM4400 – Features Summary
Upper body workouts
For most upper body workout exercises there will be no need for the main horizontal bar that can be seen in the main gallery image, so this can be unclipped and put to one side.
This still leaves the main set of ergonomically designed handles to provide you with different grip possibilities depending on your personal preference and the exercise.
To place you in a better position when performing the seated shoulder presses or higher levels of incline, the bench can slide towards the center of the frame on a cantilever system.
For performing the flat or decline bench press you can slide the bench further forward to put you in a more comfortable position for gripping the handles.
Some of the most popular upper body exercises with the Marcy Pro PM4400:
Lower body workouts
Although the Marcy Pro PM4400 is primarily an upper body workout system, there are still lower body exercises that it can be used for. Back squats are the most effective option and will help build strength in all the major lower body muscle groups.
A separate leg developer option is also available that slides into the vertical support at the front of the bench. This lets you isolate your quads (with leg extensions) and hamstrings (with hamstring curls) more effectively.
The fundamental benefits to using a machine like this is primarily safety. Because of this safe and worry free aspect to training the knock on benefit is that you can lift heavier weights than you would normally feel comfortable doing
This is how the PM4400 will help you increase your strength in the full range of upper body exercises as well as squats. If you have the room for this piece of fitness equipment in your home gym then it is recommended due to its low cost compared to similarly priced multi gyms for the weight you can use in exercises.
Assembled Dimensions: 206cm (L) x 133cm (W) x 189cm (H)
Maximum User Weight Capacity: 350lbs / 158kg / 25 Stone