If you’re looking for a cable pulley system that provides both high and low pulleys, the XMark XM-7618 Lat Pulldown tower has been designed with a 400 lb weight capacity to set itself above your standard multi-gym systems.
This review provides more detailed information on the design features and exercise options, to help you decide if this would be a useful addition to your own home gym and workout routine.
Whether you’re looking to create your own home gym setup, or expanding on an existing collection of fitness equipment, it can be difficult to know whether to invest in a multi-station system or several single stations.
In commercial gyms, most of the time you will find more of the single station equipment, due to having more space available and many different people looking to workout at the same time.
Although you might be the only person looking to workout at home, there is still one main reason why the XMark XM-7618 stands out above much of the multi-station equipment. Its weight capacity.
Capable of supporting up to 200 lb on each side of the weight plate carriage, this represents far more than most home gyms provide, even with their upgrade options.
This 400 lb capacity, commercial level of build quality, and lifetime warranty combine to provide one of the strongest lat pulldown towers currently available for domestic use.
But what does this mean for your workouts?
Essentially it means that the XMark XM-7618 will keep your exercises challenging for a much longer period of time that your standard multi gyms with their 200 lb capacity weight plate stacks.
This will also help to strengthen your upper body muscles to make more consistent strength gains in the bigger compound movements, such as overhead presses and deadlifts.
XMark XM-7618 – Features Summary
- LIFETIME in-home warranty
- Chrome plated lat pull-down bar and low row bar
- Nylon coated, aircraft quality (2200 lb. test) cables
- Heavy duty 11-gauge 2″ x 3″ commercial grade construction
- High and low pulley stations
- For use with Olympic or standard weight plates
- Chrome plated Olympic adapter sleeves included
- Extra-thick 3″ Dura craft cushion
- Tear resistant Dura guard vinyl
- Oversized 4.33″ vinyl covered thigh pads with chrome end caps
- Textured rubber hand grips
- Flip-up diamond foot plate
- Baked powder coat finish
- Bolted on, skid resistant feet
- 400 lb. maximum load capacity
Upper body workouts
As with most lat pulldown towers, the XMark XM-7618 is designed specifically for upper body exercises.
This includes a variety of different pulldown, pushdown, pulldown, and curl variations.
Having such a high weight capacity that’s controlled by weight plates rather than a weight stack does mean it can take longer to adjust the weight between sets.
But by using a weight plate storage tree or rack, this can be made much simpler.
Because it’s often difficult to find full exercise guides available for home gym equipment, we’ve provided a quick summary of the types of exercise you can perform, together with the muscle groups they target.
Lat pulldowns – The XM-7618 does include the main lat pulldown bar, with coated ends to make them easier to grip during wide pulldowns.
While these are effective for adding width to your back, you can also switch to an underhand or overhand grip much closer together.
This will switch the focus to adding thickness, particularly in your traps, rhomboids, and lats.
Tricep pushdowns – Switching out the large lat pulldown bar for a smaller straight bar makes this exercise much more well balanced.
You can also use a single handle (available separately) to isolate individual arms, which can be ideal for kickbacks.
Underhand tricep pulldowns are also possible, as are overhead rope extensions depending on how many different types of attachment you want to buy.
YouTube video of the XMark XM-7618 in action:
Bicep curls – Similar to the tricep extensions, you can either use the smaller straight bar, single handle, or rope attachments to train your biceps.
Different attachments will work different parts of the muscle, helping to shape and grow the bicep the way you want.
For example, the rope attachment will often be best for developing thicker arms, as the hammer curl style of the exercise will focus strongly on the brachialis.
Rows – Although there are many more exercises available, the last one we looked at was rows. The smaller straight bar is perfect for standing rows, as well as seated rows when used in combination with the fold-up foot plate.
Upright standing rows are also an option if you want to train your shoulders, traps, and even biceps.
- Smooth movement of the weight plate carriage along the vertical support rail
- Adapter sleeves for the weight plate pegs let you use both standard and Olympic sized plates
- Excellent customer service and impressive warranty
- Sturdy frame design supports heavier weights without sign of unwanted movement
- Bar supports for both the high and low cable pulleys
- Adjustable padded rollers keep you well positioned in the seat for heavier pulldowns
- Low cable pulley is positioned slightly lower than on most multi gym setups, which can take some getting used to
- Weight sled can stick to rubber bumpers if left for too long without use. This can be solved by spraying the bumpers with some WD40.