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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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    Bedouin

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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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    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.
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    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.

    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.

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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