Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings Review

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Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear BearingsStability is a huge issue when it comes to large gym equipment. Most in-home gyms are quite large, and wobbling, or shaking is simply not acceptable. The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings is developed to provide excellent stability. It's off the floor designs provides contact strength points. That allows the machine's weight to be centered on individual points, rather than a flat surface. Unless your floor is perfectly flat, where most homes have settled and slanted a bit, or you do not have any rugs on the floor where you plan on having your gym equipment, a solid flat machine will lean or wobble.

When you are choosing a home gym, keep in mind that when it comes to strength training, free weights provide the maximum intensity and effectiveness, however, since it is easy to misuse free weights, they can cause injuries easier, and that is why many people turn to exercise station machines. They incorporate the weights with set patters of motion that are hard to do incorrectly. However, that also reduces the effectiveness of each exercise, because the machine is doing some of the work for you. The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings incorporates the best of both worlds. Offering a free weight atmosphere inside a station setting so you get a higher degree of effectiveness for every movement.

The Linear Bearing Difference

Linear bearings differ from free cables in that they keep motions smoother, and you get less jerking action that can cause undue strain during a heavy lift or release. Keeping the motion fluid and smooth lets your muscles occupy themselves on the true object of the motion without getting pulled, or torn.

Commercial Quality in an At Home Setting

Everything about the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings is top quality, and the pins, striker plates and all moveable parts are gym quality for durability and reliability.

Professional Quality Safety

Strength training may not be a contact sport, but there is a lot of contact with heavy objects, and without the proper protections in place, a large piece of gym equipment is a dangerous rival. The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings not only gives you the proper action in a smooth jerk-free setting, it also has built-in safety measures for professional level protection. The pivot points, bars and other motion areas all have stoppers and catches incorporated to protect you from injury or strain. The foot braces have non-skid surfaces to keep you from pushing off, or sliding off of the supports as well.

Weight supports up to 600 pounds of weights on the lift rack, and 100 pounds for leg racks. Lats and cross-over weights can hold up to 200 pounds. The maximum weight levels on the leg and lat stations are not enough for serious athletes, but are more than enough for the entry level user. The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings can hold up to a 300 pound user so it is excellent for people looking to tone up and drop extra pounds. It is a mid-range price piece of equipment that allows for beginners to get into home gym ownership without hurting their budget too much, and still provides a well-rounded workout that is safe and very effective.Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings


There is a simple two-year limited warranty on the parts which is all that is really necessary on a piece of station based strength-training equipment. The two-year time frame is average. The parts of the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings are very high-quality including a powder coated steel frame, steel guides, 2000 pound tensile strength pulley lines that are aircraft cable, and commercial grade utilities such as the pop pins are not likely to break down over the long-haul if they arrive in optimum condition, which the standard limited warranty is more than enough to protect users for.


Very space-saving design makes it a good machine for homes with limited floor space. It will work well in an apartment, condo or even mobile home. However, be sure the flooring can take the weight of a large piece of exercise equipment with hundreds of pounds of weights attached. The powder coating on the steel frame makes it a very attractive piece of equipment that will look nice in your home.


The bearings can make a lot of noise, and should be lubricated to reduce the sound. It is also very complicated to assemble and may take up to 7 hours for a single person to put together.

Customer Reviews

“Looks great in any room, and has enough versatility that I can do any of my standard gym exercises on it.”

“Makes it easy to workout at home at an affordable price.”

“Takes a long time to put together, and the instructions weren't that helpful, but it is a great addition to a home workout area afterwards.”

“Preacher curls, and leg developer exercises are great.”

“The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System is a fantastic all around exercise machine.”

“Very pleased with the Diamond Elite. Very smooth pulley system.”

“I looked at a lot of exercise consoles, and really tried to find the best one for a good price. Mission accomplished. The Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings is perfect for me. I get free weight function with station stability.”

In Conclusion

If you are just starting out, and need a really good at home gym, the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith System with Linear Bearings will be a good option for you. More advanced users can benefit from this equipment as well, but may feel limited on some of the weight levels.

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About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.