Is the Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym excellent for beginners?

The frame of Marcy Stack MKM-81010 Home Gym is made of 2 x 2.5”, heavy-duty, 14-gauge steel tubing. The base frame structure sports rectangular tubing, whereas the press arms and many other parts are cylindrical. Thus, although this is not a commercial gym machine, it’s constructed with superior durability in mind.

The MKM-81010 features a standard cable resistance system and a weight stack system. Each plate weighs 15 lbs (6.8 kg), whereas the top selector plate weighs 5 lbs (2.26 kg). Hence, the weight of the stack is 200 lbs (90.7 kg).

The Marcy MKM-81010 is easy and comfortable to use. All handles and arm developers have good grips so that users can easily hold them and work out with reliability. Also, the dual function arm developer, as well as leg developer, feature excellent foam padding, making this home gym unit extremely comfortable to use.

The Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym has a 200 lbs vinyl/concrete weight stack, 291 lbs maximum weight resistance, five main workout stations, and a possibility to perform over 30 exercises. The Marcy MKM-81010 is an excellent home gym system for beginners as well as intermediate users because it can work out almost every muscle in users’ bodies.

Learn more in my complete review below

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym
Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

Product: Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

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Warranty: 2 years limited

My rating: 8.25/10

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MKM-81010 Frame construction

Although the Marcy MKM-81010 is not a commercial gym machine, it offers superior durability. Its frame is heavy-duty, 2 × 2.5″, 14-gauge steel tubing. The base frame structure features rectangular tubing, while the press arms and several other parts are cylindrical.

Compared to other gym systems, this home gym is smaller. It’s assembled footprint is approx. 52″L x 39″W (132 x 99 cm); however, it is advisable to assign a usage area of at least 90″ x 70″ (228 x 178 cm) for the unit, to be able to perform all the exercises correctly.

Also, the height of the fully assembled gym is approximately 84″ (213 cm). Therefore, it will be a very tight fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling height.

Considering that the machine comes with a weight stack that weighs more than 200 lbs, the fully assembled unit is quite substantial. Its overall weight is approximately 374 lbs (170 kg). Therefore, once assembled, it would be difficult to relocate.

The unit doesn’t have adjustable stabilizers but does rest on several rubber pads. Therefore, it has an excellent grip on the floor, and due to its weight, it doesn’t move or wobble during exercising.

Parts and accessories

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

The Marcy MKM-81010 home gym is equipped with a reasonably large seat, featuring approx. 2″ (5 cm) of foam padding for optimal comfort. It also has a durable vinyl upholstery. The leg developer unit features a similar cushioning for its rollers. They’re 4″ (10 cm) thick, providing the required comfort for leg extensions or stand-up leg curls.

Only the backrest is adjustable, offering several front-back adjustment positions. In case you’re wondering, the distance of the seat from the floor is approx. 23″ (58 cm), while the distance from the floor to the handles of the press is approx. 37″ (94 cm).

Therefore, the machine may not be the best choice for users over 6’0″ (183 cm), as they may not benefit from a full range of motion for specific exercises, such as front press or fly press. Also, the seat assembly has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg).

The unit integrates 14 pulleys made of heavy-duty nylon material and equipped with sealed ball bearings for prolonged use. The cables are steel ropes covered by a thin sheet of PVC material. They can withstand much higher tension than the maximum 291 lbs tension that this machine can provide.

Cable tension is only adjustable by moving up or down the lower pulley in the double pulley bracket situated behind the main vertical tube of the machine.

In terms of accessories, this Marcy home gym includes a short, curved curl bar, an ankle cuff, a standard D-handle with a rubberized grip, an extension chain, and the lat pulldown bar.

MKM-81010 Workout stations and attachments

The Marcy MKM-81010 features five main workout stations and accessories. These are:

Press/fly station. This is the primary workout station of the machine. It has dual functionality and two adjustment positions. It allows for front presses and seated mid rows, and pec fly exercises.

Additionally, it features two large cushioning pads for extra comfort during fly presses and a set of pure grips for the standard horizontal press.

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym
Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

The maximum weight resistance generated by the front press is approx. 270 lbs (122 kg), while if set to back position, due to the extra leverage, the maximum resistance reaches 291 lbs (132 kg).

High pulley station. This workout station allows the execution of lat pulldown exercises, ab crunches, triceps press downs, and others. It uses only one pulley; the lat pulldown bar is (included), as well as an extension chain.

Low pulley station. This workout station allows the execution of various exercises, including seated rows, standing up biceps curls, stand up rows, and many more. The front part of the frame features a stepping platform to help with your balance during the standing up exercises.

Leg developer attachment. This is a standard home gym attachment for leg extensions. However, you can also execute standing up leg curls while using only one leg at the time.

Preacher pad attachment. The included preacher pad features a thick layer of padding, especially at the top, similar to the seat and the backrest. It offers the possibility to perform seated preacher curls, and the small curved bar for this type of exercise is (included) with the gym.

Weight Stack and Resistance System

The Marcy MKM-81010 features a classic cable resistance system and includes a weight stack composed of 13 main weight plates and the top selector plate. Each plate has an approximate weight of 15 lbs (6.8 kg), while the top selector plate weighs approximately 5 lbs (2.26 kg). Therefore, the total weight of the stack is 200 lbs (90.7 kg).

Each workout station delivers different results in terms of weight resistance. As I’ve mentioned above, the maximum weight resistance is 291 lbs (132 kg), provided by the press. The chart below shows the resistance for each one of the main workout stations.

The included weight plates are concrete material, and each plate has a durable vinyl shell. They’re less durable than standard cast iron plates, but since this is a home gym system, they won’t come close to the wear and tear of the plates from a commercial gym machine so that they can last a lifetime even with daily use. The two main benefits with regards to this type of weight stack are the fact that the machine is considerably cheaper, while the contact of the plates doesn’t generate too much noise when the machine is in use.

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym
Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

MKM-81010 Possible Exercises

  • Seated Biceps Curls
  • Stand-up Biceps Curls
  • Preacher Curls
  • Concentration Curls
  • Tricep pressdowns
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Triceps Kickbacks
  • Ab Pulldowns
  • Low Pulley Trunk Rotations
  • Deltoid Raises
  • Seated Rows
  • Upright Rows
  • Mid Rows
  • Chest Presses
  • Fly presses
  • High Cable Cross-Overs
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • Leg Curls
  • Leg Extensions
  • Kickbacks
  • Squats
  • … and more.

    Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym

MKM-81010 Assembly and Maintenance

The Marcy MKM-81010 home gym comes packaged in several boxes and does require full assembly. Due to the weight and many parts of the complete gym, it’s advisable for two persons to assemble the gym.

Also, the assembly task may take more than 3-4 hours, but the manual provides all the necessary instructions in a step-by-step manner, while the schematics are clear and precise. The only tools required for the assembly are three Allen wrenches. You will also need a Phillips screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a rubber mallet.

Maintenance doesn’t require much, once assembled. The pulleys may need periodic lubrication, and for it, it’s advisable to use a light oil. If lubricated during the assembly, the pulleys may not require further lubrication for a long time.

Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 52L x 39W x 84H inches (132L x 99W x 213H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 374 lbs (170 kg)
  • Max. user capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Stack weight: Vinyl/cement, 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
  • Max. weight resistance: 291 lbs (132 kg) back press
  • Possible exercises: 30+
  • Warranty: 2 years limited

Pros

  • Sturdy construction, elegant frame design;

    Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym
    Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym
  • Thick and durable vinyl upholstery, with consistent padding for maximum comfort;
  • Foam roller padding on the chest press bars and leg developer attachment;
  • A relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
  • Adjustable backrest;
  • Several workout stations and attachments, including press/fly station, high pulley, low pulley, preacher pad, and leg developer;
  • Up to 291 lbs weight resistance;
  • Short curl bar included;
  • Ankle strap included;
  • D-handle included;
  • Lat bar included;
  • Extension chain included
  • Over 30 exercises available;
  • Exercise chart included;
  • Quiet operation, a suitable machine for apartment use;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Fairly easy to assemble.

Cons

  • The included weight stack is not upgradable;
  • The seat is not adjustable (only the backrest);
  • Not for users taller than 6’0″ (183 cm).

Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym Summary

The Marcy MKM-81010 is a home gym system featuring a 200 lb vinyl/concrete weight stack, and five main workout stations. It provides a maximum weight resistance of 291 lbs, and the possibility to execute more than 30 exercises involving multiple muscle groups. It’s an excellent machine for beginners and intermediate users, and also an affordable one, offering an excellent value for the price.

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4 thoughts on “Is the Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym excellent for beginners?

  1. I enjoyed reading this review, considering I am trying to get back into fitness and the gym, but one issue that I usually have when I purchase exercise equipment is knowing which workouts to do. Does this home equipment come with prescribed workouts that you should do to gain the maximum benefit? 

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on the Marcy MKM-81010 Home Gym. It would be an excellent gym for beginners and intermediate users. And it’s affordable. In answer to your question, yes, it comes with an exercise chart.

      All the best!

  2. The Marcy MKM-81010 appears to be a versatile weight-based home gym system. When I read about all the exercises possible with this machine, space, it takes, and the weight of the total machine can be justified. By describing this as suitable for beginners and intermediate users, it makes it clear who the target market is. Experienced users will probably go to the gym for their workout.

    By itself, this machine doesn’t provide a full spectrum capability that includes cardio. However, there are many cardio machines available that will complement the Marcy MKM-81010 to offer a complete home gym experience. For example, you cannot watch TV these days without seeing the Peleton cycling machine advertised. That or a similar machine would complement the Marcy very well indeed.

    I got a bit confused when I noticed you called this machine in summary the Marcy MKLM-81010. Can I assume that was a typo and not a different machine?

    $700 for a machine of this caliber appears reasonable. Thanks for this review. 

    Edwin

    1. Hi Edwin, thanks for your input. Yes, The Marcy MKM-81010 is for beginners and intermediate users.

      Are you a more experienced user? If so, click on the Home Gym menu at the top of the page. I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you.

      Oops, my mistake. It was a typo that has been corrected.

      All the best!

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