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Rating: 3.9/5 (10 votes cast)

Nautilus Smith Machine

Overview:
The Nautilus Smith Machine is excellent for pec and rear deltoid work, lat rows, smith exercises, & a dual high/low pulley system for functional training. The pulleys are a little too close to perform a crossover cable very effectively. The Nautilus is a good starter gym for those on a budget, but for quality purposes, it falls on the cheaper side. The department store machines (you’ll find this in Costco, Sears, etc. along-side Marcy & others) are built with lighter gauge steel (12 ga.), bushings instead of linear bearings, and require greater care (oiling the bushings, etc.). The smith is a 7 degree angle for a more natural movement with the body. The Nautilus is a smith-based half cage that requires free weights, however if you want to perform free weight bench press, squats, shoulder presses or any other exercises that require free-weight hooks or latches then you’ll have to look at another machine as the Nautilus has NO free weight hooks.

Features/Specs:
-Smith carriage bushings
-Built in pull up bar
-Adjustable bar catches and safety stoppers
-6 Olympic plate storage pegs
-Includes lat bar, triceps rope, shiver bar, ankle strap, single handle and chromed V-bar
-Multifunction bench with leg extension
-My criticism of the Nautilus Smith machine doesn’t stop with the pulley system. I think there are (3) other major problems with this machine that make it a real strong NO recommendation from me.
-Unit Dimensions: 64″ x 64″ x 83″

Warranty:
Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 10 Years, Labor – 1 Year

MSRP: $699

Where to Buy:
Costco, Sears, other…

Reviewed by admin on 01 October 2011

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