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  • #16
    Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
    I would have agreed with you last year, because I always thought that a proper squat produced a slightly curved forward/backward arc with the barbell. But then I saw an interesting breakdown of the movement (I'm thinking it was at T-Nation?) where they took videos of pros squatting with perfect form from a side view, and they super-imposed a red line over the movement of the bar which showed that it was perfectly straight up and down with no forward/backward shifting of the body at all. It surprised me.
    this is true. but, one can't learn the proper form and motion or develop the proper supporting muscles while using a smith machine. so using a smith machine in order to push a weight up a fixed plane using any form you seem fit is not a good idea

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    • #17
      Originally posted by cline View Post
      Yeah. the other night I was doing squats with the rack and a dude told me to go use the smith machine in the other room. I had to tell him no three times.
      What did he want it for, barbell-curls?
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
        What did he want it for, barbell-curls?
        ha ha! I wish. No, he just didn't want me in the weightlifing area. He was doing some jumping thing (not really a burpee) and there was plenty of room. I think, honestly, he didn't like having a woman in there. He didn't tell the guy doing calf raises in the other rack to go use the smith machine. The gym went co-ed about 10 years ago and a lot of the guys still take big issue with it. There are almost never women in the weight rooms. If they are, they are on machines.

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        • #19
          Probably the only decent use for a Smith machine:
          Mistressing the pullup :: stumptuous.com

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          • #20
            Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
            this is true. but, one can't learn the proper form and motion or develop the proper supporting muscles while using a smith machine. so using a smith machine in order to push a weight up a fixed plane using any form you seem fit is not a good idea
            This.

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            • #21
              I have a much larger beef with people who put those large pads on the bar, that is sooooo not good.

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              • #22
                It is difficult to get yourself properly set up using the smith machine for squats BUT when you get your position right you can do them successfully, I can do both free weight and smith machine and it is much easier to get your form right with a barbell, it is almost impossible to go low into a squat on the smith (when lifting heavy) if you haven't got this position right.

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                • #23
                  thanks for the feedback. ill stay away from it till im sure my form is on point

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