The BodyMax CF484 CF680T Deluxe Smiths System is an all-in-one home Smith machine that often finds itself overshadowed by its younger brother, the CF380.
We think that's a shame because the CF484 is a much more comprehensive product. But at almost twice the price of its sibling, is it worth the cost?
The BodyMax CF484 CF680T Deluxe Linear Smiths System immediately unleashes its credentials. It has linear bearings. Whereas the cheaper CF380 doesn't.
This seemingly small difference in design can have a drastic effect on your workout. For one, the bar moves more smoothly, which provides a better pump and contraction.
Also, linear bearings are much quieter than their nylon counterparts. Rather than a grinding sound, you hear a pleasant gliding noise as you confidently press the weight up.
This unit also comes with a more solid bench than the CF380. The adjustable CF430 bench, which is padded for extra comfort, also has a massive 365kg weight capacity.
This durability gives you peace of mind that the bench won't collapse, which enables you to push yourself harder and attain better results.
Despite being a remarkably versatile home gym, my analysis of over 45 other Smith machines tells me that there are better options for the price. In fact, for roughly the same price as the CF484, you can own the most durable smith machine on the market. It comes with a lifetime warranty and a variety of upgrade options, which'll make you salivate if you love lifting as much as I do.
If you want to get in on the offer while you can, then skip to the conclusion to see our recommendation for serious lifters.
The Smith machine has 12 lockout points that are spread evenly down the frame. Having this many bar hooks is really helpful if you train alone because it enables you to push harder knowing that you can easily re-rack the weight with a turn of the wrist.
And of course, pushing yourself harder inevitably leads to more substantial muscle growth.
As mentioned, the Smith machine also comes complete with linear bearings. Aside from reducing noise, the bearings enable the bar to guide more smoothly up and down the guide rods. Again, this translates into a better workout for you because there's no sudden friction that takes the tension off your muscles.
Like the Smith machine, the squat rack has 12 lockout points and comes with adjustable bar catches. Obviously, this adds a nice safety blanket to your workouts. But what I really like about having a squat rack and a Smith machine is that you save so much space (not to mention money) compared to buying each station separately.
Cable pulleys are one of the best tools for bringing up weak body parts because you can subject your muscles to pump-inducing constant tension.
However, loading weight discs onto the machine takes time and effort, and if you're doing supersets, it's even more of a hassle.
Personally, it only takes me a few seconds to load weight discs onto my Smith machine, but I can definitely appreciate the convenience of having a weight stack.
You can buy the optional CF475 weight stack for the CF484 to speed up cable changes. It comes with 95kg of weight and is particularly useful for drop sets because you don't have to fumble around with any discs and risk losing your pump. That said, the Maxxus Home Gym supports 150kg on its cables, so it might be a better option if you're already reasonably strong.
Pec deck flys, while not my favourite exercise, are undeniably useful for finishing off your chest after heavy bench presses. To use the pec station on the CF484, you simply set the bench to flat and wheel it to the back of the machine. This built-in design naturally saves space and also allows the bench to remain detachable, meaning that you can use it for dumbbell training and the like.
The preacher curl attachment benefits from a 200lb weight capacity, and you can use it with dumbbells, a barbell or—for constant tension—the low pulley. Having this much variety enables you to constantly challenge your biceps with new stimuli and achieve faster growth.
Not to be outdone, the leg developer offers a 250lb capacity and, like the preacher pad, attaches to the adjustable bench.
You can also store both the leg developer and preacher pad on a convenient storage stand while they're not in use. This compact design frees up space around the central unit and allows you to do heavy free weight exercises in maximum comfort .
Besides the massive 365kg weight capacity, the best thing about the BodyMax CF430 adjustable bench is that it's standalone. This enables you to vary up your training routine with dumbbell exercises, while also allowing you to set it at the precise position for Smith machine movements.
If you prefer bodyweight training and want a home gym that comes with a pull-up and dipping station, then check out our Body Power Smith Half Rack review.
If you read our BodyMax CF380 review, you'll know that the build quality left a lot to be desired. Notwithstanding, the CF484 is much improved. It takes the versatility of the CF380 and bundles it with a superior construction that provides a secure, stable base to lift from.
The frame is made from heavy-duty steel and benefits from a powder coat finish, which reduces the impact of scratches and also keeps your machine looking stylish.
The guide rods are also made from smooth steel to allow the linear bearings to glide in a fluid motion. What this means to you is that you won't feel much (if any) friction during your reps, which makes it easier to feel your muscles working.
The CF484 is a heavyweight home gym, measuring 290cm L x 220cm W x 215cm H and weighing just shy of 220kg.
Despite its large footprint, you're still saving a ton of space compared to buying an individual squat rack, Smith machine and cable stations.
The BodyMax CF484 CF680T Deluxe Linear Smiths System improves your safety from two angles with catches for both the Smith machine and the Squat rack.
Unlike with cheaper home gyms, the spotter catches on the free weight rack stick out much further than the bar holders. This thoughtful design choice gives the unit an air of quality and enables you to push yourself harder and achieve better results because you know that the safety catches have always got your back .
Overall, the BodyMax CF484 is a great investment for those seeking a machine that can replace 90% of home gym equipment. It offers everything that you need to build muscle and compared to the CF380, is much higher quality.
However, for the price, the CF484 is not the best choice.
The Body Solid GS348QP4 costs roughly the same as the CF484. Yet it comes with a 272kg weight capacity and a lifetime warranty. Considering that BodyMax is only willing to give us a 12-month guarantee, going with Body Solid for your new home gym is a no-brainer if you want a product that'll stand the test of time.
As good as the CF484 is, the Body Solid Series 7 is simply a much higher quality option—and I could write an essay about all the differences. For example, the Series 7 Smith machine has 8 extra lockout points for enhanced safety, which really makes a difference when you train alone like me .
If you're a keen lifter, then this upgradable home gym will make you salivate. I can see why Body Solid chose their company name. Their equipment is sturdy and makes some so-called "commercial Smith machines" look like kids toys.
I'm so glad that I bought the Series 7 and I 100% recommend it if you're based in Britain.