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XMark XM-7626 Commercial Cable Machine Review

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The XMark XM-7626 Commercial Cable Machine is the flagship functional trainer available in the XMark Fitness range, offering dual 200 lb weight stacks and ergonomically designed pull up bars.

This review looks at these features more closely, together with your workout options for upper and lower body training, and a quick comparison with a similarly priced competitor machine. This is to determine which is best for your own personal training goals and budget.

Design features

Over the past few years, more and more people have turned to setting up their own home gyms for a more convenient way to follow their weekly workout routines.

This has also led to an increase in people buying larger items of fitness equipment which would traditionally only be found in commercial gyms, such as cable crossover machines.

The XMark XM-7626 has been designed and priced to enter the market around the same level as some of the more popular systems from Body Solid, specifically their GDCC range of functional trainers.

In terms of its design, you’re really getting everything you should expect from a $2000 cable machine, with its dual weight stacks and compact footprint.

Each cable pulley is also fully height adjustable through a range of 19 different positions, allowing you to benefit from a wider choice of exercise options than high or low pulleys alone.

As well as the cable pulleys positioned on either side of the frame, you also have the chance to perform some plyometric exercises, in the form of pull ups and chin ups.

This is thanks to the ergonomically designed pull up bars attached to the cross-beam support at the top of the frame. Unlike some power towers and cages, with 400 lb of weight plates holding the frame in position, the frame remains completely stable throughout the exercise.

One final feature worth mentioning is the cable attachment storage options. Only available as an optional extra on many functional trainers, the XMark XM-7626 provides a number of storage hooks as standard.

This helps to ensure you always have the attachment you need to hand, helping you make the most of your workout time.

XMark XM-7626 – Features Summary

  • Two 200 lb. weight stacks
  • Quick adjust pulleys with 19 settings
  • Includes 2 hand straps, 2 long strap handles, tricep rope, short bar, long bar, leg extension leg curl strap and an ankle strap.
  • Exclusive LIFETIME residential warranty provides complete coverage for as long as you own the machine
  • Ideal for in-home and light institutional use.
  • Split handle grip pull-up chin-up bar
  • Molded rubber hand grips
  • Skid resistant feet
  • Heavy duty, 11 gauge 2″ x 3″ commercial grade steel construction
  • Bake powder coat finish

Upper body exercises

Whereas many single stack multi gyms and lower priced functional trainers are limited to weight stacks closer to 150 lb, the 200 lb provided by the XMark XM-7626 allows for a much more challenging range of exercises.

With the cable pulleys positioned so closely together, this also means that you can benefit from rolling a FID bench between the uprights and using the cables in your chest workouts for presses and flys.

Due to the combination of 19 height settings and the wide range of iso-lateral movements available, it’s difficult to provide a full list of exercise options in this review.

Instead, the list below is to provide an idea of some of the most popular exercise options available, using only the attachments provided. (Hand straps, long strap handles, tricep rope, short bar, long bar, leg strap, and ankle strap)

  • Chest – Cable crossovers, standing chest press, iso-lateral pec fly
  • Back – Single cable rows, straight bar rows, rear delt flys, pull ups
  • Biceps – Concentration curls, hammer curls, bicep curls, straight bar curls
  • Triceps – Pushdowns, pulldowns, kickbacks, overhead extensions
  • Shoulders – Upright rows, side lateral raises, front raises, shrugs
  • Abs – Weighted kneeling ab crunches, hanging leg raises

Lower body exercises

With cable crossovers being the most popular exercise many people use cable towers for in commercial gyms and YouTube bodybuilding videos, it’s likely that lower body workouts may not be as easy to put together as upper body workouts.

But the truth is that when used with the correct attachments, the XMark XM-7626 can be used to target your quads and hamstrings just as effectively as your triceps.

Most exercises require the lowest cable pulley setting, together with the ankle attachment provided.

This can then be used to create a surprising number of isolation exercises for your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and hip flexors.

A few of the most commonly used and effective exercise options for lower body workouts are listed below.

  • Split squats
  • Leg raises
  • Lunges
  • Hip abductions

  • Hip adductions
  • Standing leg curls
  • Glute raises
  • Cable squats

If you’re able to find a long enough straight bar with clips at either end (similar to the GDCCBAR from Body Solid, which should also be compatible), this can also be attached to both cable pulleys to perform back squats and calf raises.

Product comparison: XM-7626 vs. GDCC200

The Body Solid GDCC200 is a close competitor with the XMark XM-7626 functional trainer

If you’re still not sure whether the XMark XM-7626 is the best functional trainer for your own home gym, it can be useful to make comparisons between similarly priced systems.

One of the closest we’ve found in terms of price is the GDCC200 by Body Solid.

Essentially, each system is available for around $2000, and each can provide the same level of features and attachment options. The difference is over which are provided as standard and which require you paying for additional upgrade options separately.

The GDCC200 provides 20 cable pulley height settings, 160 lb weight stacks (50 lb upgrades available separately), and a couple of the more basic cable attachments as standard (single handles and ankle attachment).

In contrast, the XMark XM-7626 provides 200 lb of weight in each stack, 19 pulley height settings, built-in attachment storage, and a much wider range of attachments as standard. In our opinion this does set the XMark trainer ahead of the Body Solid version in terms of value for money.

Both have a similar sized footprint and both provide an ergonomically designed bar at the top of the frame for pull ups and chin ups.

Review Overview

Overall Review Rating

5 / 5

Compared with similar functional trainers in the same price range, the XMark XM-7626 does seem to have some clear advantages.

The weight stacks are already at 200 lb each and you have the attachment storage rack built into the frame, without the need to pay for additional upgrades later.

The number of height settings is also amongst the highest we've seen on cable crossover trainers, with 19 to 20 settings being towards the top end.

But one of the major benefits is the number of attachments you have available as soon as the boxes arrive, with many of the most popular options provided as standard.

Backed by a lifetime in-home warranty, the XMark Commercial Functional Trainer allows you to sculpt, build and define your body with over 50 different upper and lower body exercises.

Product dimensions: 35.5" (L) x 70.9" (W) x 83.9" (H)

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