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    LIFTERS- smith machine: love it or hate it

    Hi all,

    Im really getting into weight lifting, have been using the new rules of lifting for women which is awesome! i dont have anyone to train with so ive been using the smith machine at the gym which i find safer when im training on my own- i find i can lift 20kg+ heavier using the smith machine tho, like it feels easier? i know this has something to do with the way the smith balances the weight- question for you guys out there is, does the ease of the smith jeopardize your training?

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    Yes, just squat in a power rack and make sure the pins are setup properly. You are talking about squatting right?
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    smith machines are no good.
    They don't allow your body to move naturally as it would with just a bar.
    Just use a squat rack. If you search on here, there are lots of threads about them.

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    I personally don't like them since the bar moves straight up and down which isn't natural.I used to use one back in school until I started getting some pains in my knees and back,at which point I switched to a rack and everything cleared up.

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    They are good if you want an injury. But you are right you can lift heavier because the smith is balancing the weights for you. As was said above - power rack.
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    i love smith machines. back when i went to a gym, i could use them for all sorts of things. they are great to hang from or lean against while stretching. if you lock the bar up high, they are decent for pull ups. and, the best thing of all...they're great for keeping people away from the squat rack where real working out happens.

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    Believe it or not, folks, the smith machine is the ONLY option at many gyms; they don't all have squat racks.

    If it's the only option, it's better than not doing squats at all, but only if you do them properly! The way I see most people squatting on a smith machine, their balance is totally wrong; if the machine suddenly disappeared, they would keel over backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonmamma View Post
    Believe it or not, folks, the smith machine is the ONLY option at many gyms; they don't all have squat racks.

    If it's the only option, it's better than not doing squats at all, but only if you do them properly! The way I see most people squatting on a smith machine, their balance is totally wrong; if the machine suddenly disappeared, they would keel over backwards.
    i know a lot of big commercial gyms like planet fitness started doing away with free weights, but they still have benches. and i would go for some bulgarian squats with dumbells, or heavy goblet squats before going to the smith machine. you're right about doing them properly...and i don't know if you can get proper form on a smith machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    i love smith machines. back when i went to a gym, i could use them for all sorts of things. they are great to hang from or lean against while stretching. if you lock the bar up high, they are decent for pull ups. and, the best thing of all...they're great for keeping people away from the squat rack where real working out happens.
    +1

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    Smith has its place but I have never been a fan to over use it. I used to use it for things like skull crushers if I were working out alone or I would set the pins for a skullcrusher for example, to start the movement in the weakest range of motion.

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