Jazz - 4 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is a phenomenal piece of equipment, and I'm so happy i purchased it instead of a gym membership. I really wanted an all-in-one home gym with the lat pull down, but I was intimidated by the thought of assembly. So, I opted for this and decided to try dumb bells for my arms. Everything was packaged securely and the box arrived undamaged. All included parts and tools were inside. There are no written instructions - only images; however, I assure you the instructions are not as intimidating as they seem IF you look at it as a "6-page assembly" with each page only taking about 15 minutes to assemble at most 2-3 parts. The whole assembly took me about 2.5 hours as I had to undo and redo a couple of things. Also, I spent about 30 minutes confused over two bolts that wouldn't fit flush into the holes on page 1 of the assembly book, but I will give you some tips to save you the headache. 1. You will need TWO 6-inch adjustable wrenches, NOT ONE. This is so that you can use one to hold one bolt while you tighten the cap on the other end. Otherwise, the bolt will spin and you won't be able to hold it in place with your finger. My wrenches were only $3.49 at that orange and white hardware store. 2. Slice open the hardware compartments one section a time, and only as you need them, so that you don't mix-up the pieces. 3. Hardware part #12 is very important when assembling Equipment part #3. You will use #12 under the bolts that I mentioned - they don't fit flush into #3 without #12. 4. Resist the urge to use the adjustable and Allen wrenches on pages 3 and 4 of the assembly book. Those parts need to be able to move freely for the seat and extension. They put an 'X' over those tools in the top left of the pages for that reason. I tightened them, and then had to remove the seat to loosen them because nothing would glide. You should just tighten it as much as you can with your fingers and keep going. When I put the seat on (page 5) I did tighten one of the bolts on the front of Equipment part #6 a little until it swung the way I wanted, but I can't remember which one. I think it's best to just do what you can with your fingers. 5. Equipment part #24 is just an extra clip. I think its for when/if for some reason you don't use Equipment part #18. I'm a woman, 5'5", 115 lbs. It works great for me. I purchased four 5-pound Olympic weight plates and one 25-pound plate. I purchased from "SA." The 5-pound plates are on sale for just $3 and the $25 pound plate cost me $17. I'm still trying to decided how much weight to use. The leg extension is very smooth and does not make any noise. There was a slight noise when I began to lower my legs from the extension, but that i was just the weight plates shifting. I made sure Equipment part #24 was flush against the plates and they didn't move after that. The seat is comfortable. The butt seat adjusts up and down, and the seat back adjusts back and forth. I think there is one more adjustment possible with that knob (Equipment part #25), but I haven't bothered to figure it out yet. The one thing I was looking for in a leg extension machine was wide foam roller pads so that I could spread my legs apart far enough. The Marcy SB-350 fits the bill there! I can tell they are wider than the ones on many others I've seen. There is plenty of room left on the outsides of my legs, even with them spread apart comfortably. My only gripe is also concerning the foam roller pads. They left light bruises just above my ankles. I used coconut oil mixed with frankincense and rosemary oils and they were gone this morning. So, last night, I ordered a pair of Meister MMA shin guards from the big "A" known for free 2-day shipping with that "P" service and I shouldn't have anymore issues there. I hope this review helps. I definitely recommend this equipment for those who want a good workout at home. Target.com is a retailer that you can trust to deliver it well-packaged, quickly, and at a great cost!