Smith Machines are great!

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I have to disagree with those of you who see no use for the Smith Machines. They make great coat hangers and things to sit on in between sets of Squats and Deadlifts with free weights!
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  • Warchortle
    Warchortle Posts: 2,197 Member
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    Smith machines have their place.. like for squats it takes the weight off certain muscles and targets glutes instead. Perhaps if you have no spotter and need to push that 1 max rep I guess. I prefer free weights, but my terrible gym doesn't have a proper bench.. it's a hybrid squat rack/bench and the only other option is a smith machine -_-
  • MinimalistShoeAddict
    MinimalistShoeAddict Posts: 1,946 Member
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    Perhaps if you have no spotter and need to push that 1 max rep I guess. I prefer free weights, but my terrible gym doesn't have a proper bench.. it's a hybrid squat rack/bench and the only other option is a smith machine -_-

    I guess that I am lucky my gym has a power rack that I can squat and bench in, so that I don't have to worry about the spotter issue.
  • hellothere1212
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    i loveee it for squats and lunges. i feel it so much more in my glutes than when i use a free bar
  • CristinaL1983
    CristinaL1983 Posts: 1,119 Member
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    I was all ready to come in here and disagree with you but then I actually read what you wrote and lol'd.

    One the one hand, if you don't have access to a power rack, they can be better than nothing. On the other hand, that's why I switched from Planet Fitness, to the Y and pay triple the amount each month.
  • lizibk
    lizibk Posts: 7 Member
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    I love smith machines personally...I like to keep one to two weights sessions a week for my lower body, and I find it really hard to get my squatting posture right so smith machine makes this easy for me to get done...I know you might say I should invest time in getting the technique right but for me running is my main exercise (marathon soon..eek!) so I dont have the time at the moment to start messing round getting my technique spot on \i just need to get some lifting done and get out on the road ;-)

    \also as someone who has only recently started lifting in a very male dominated gym, the machines do have their uses for feeling more comfortable getting started :-)

    thats my smith machine sales pitch over!!
  • MinimalistShoeAddict
    MinimalistShoeAddict Posts: 1,946 Member
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    Here is an informative video of a Smith Machine in action:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m6vcyQqx_Q

    Yet another reason to use free weights inside a power rack with safety pins instead!
  • victoriannsays
    victoriannsays Posts: 568 Member
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    lol I watched that video and now all the ads on my computer are urging me to purchase a power rack
  • MinimalistShoeAddict
    MinimalistShoeAddict Posts: 1,946 Member
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    lol I watched that video and now all the ads on my computer are urging me to purchase a power rack

    Smart ads!
  • amann1976
    amann1976 Posts: 742 Member
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    everything in the gym has a place and purpose from the power racks to the benches to the smith machines. just because you dont use a certain piece of equipment or dont know how to use it dont knock it.

    smith machine is handy for me... i work my calves on leg days and i work my traps and shoulders on those days using the smith machine. It is also good when i am in a rush and somebody else is using the power rack i can get my squats in
  • Ninguneado73
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    I started with smith machine. However, when I switched to free weights I begun to see and feel the difference for the first time. You guys should try it.
  • IIISpartacusIII
    IIISpartacusIII Posts: 252 Member
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    They're great if you're trying to work around injuries. I've been rehabing a rotator cuff and not having to use as many stabilizers has allowed me to do some modified shoulder presses without pain. Also, front squats are sooo much better on the smith machine; I can even do higher reps and go really deep without my elbows dropping. If used in the proper context the smith machine can be awesome.
  • kwatkin
    kwatkin Posts: 81 Member
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    dumb question, what's a power rack? I've been used the smith machine for squats because I thought that was my only option... I don't think I can lift a barbell up and over onto my back with 65+ lbs on it...?

    just googled what it looks like... so is it basically a place where it holds the bar and you add the plates so you don't have to lift it up and over?? :flowerforyou:
  • JNick77
    JNick77 Posts: 3,783 Member
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    Smith Machines are great for drawing the attention of idiots away from the power racks so the rest of us can actually work.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,579 Member
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    Smith machines have a place in the gym. It's safer for some to use if they aren't confident doing bench press or squats without a spotter. I wish more had this this one though:

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    It allows horizontal movement along with the vertical movement.


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  • dare2love81
    dare2love81 Posts: 928 Member
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    Smith Machines are great for drawing the attention of idiots away from the power racks so the rest of us can actually work.

    This.

    However I will also add that the only other time Smith Machines serve a purpose is for rehab (think stabilization). I have a friend who just had double knee replacements and is using the Smith Machine until she can work back up to using free weights.
  • smantha32
    smantha32 Posts: 6,990 Member
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    i loveee it for squats and lunges. i feel it so much more in my glutes than when i use a free bar


    I prefer a bar.. but my gym doesn't have any kind of rack I can load weight on, so I squat in the smith machine.
  • JNick77
    JNick77 Posts: 3,783 Member
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    Smith Machines are great for drawing the attention of idiots away from the power racks so the rest of us can actually work.

    This.

    However I will also add that the only other time Smith Machines serve a purpose is for rehab (think stabilization). I have a friend who just had double knee replacements and is using the Smith Machine until she can work back up to using free weights.

    Perhaps, just seems like she would be just as open to injury on a Smith though. Seems like just using a lighter load with a free squat or dare I say it, "Leg Press" would be better. Who knows, somebody gets paid way more than I do to help your friend re-hab.
  • PureAdamic
    PureAdamic Posts: 185
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    Smith machines have their place if you have no spotter and need to push that 1 max rep I guess...

    That is what a cage or rack is for herp derp
  • PureAdamic
    PureAdamic Posts: 185
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    dumb question, what's a power rack?

    They are saying it wrong. It is either a power cage, or a squat rack.
  • PureAdamic
    PureAdamic Posts: 185
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    POWER CAGE: note the cage like look to it, many lifts are accepted in here, except curls.

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