Thread: Smith Machine?...
09-22-2005, 06:33 PM #1
Does a smith machine relieve any of the weight when doing flat or incline bench with it? I ask this because all that I ever use for barbell bench exercises is the Smith, I have no partner. Anyways just wondering if what I can bench on there is what I really bench.
09-22-2005, 06:42 PM #2
No, it's not. Think about it like this. If you unrack the Smith and let go, what will happen to the bar? It will slowly glide down. Now what happens if you hold a 45 bar in front of you and drop it? It's on your foot in half a second.
Secondly, the stabilizer/accessory muscles do not get incorporated as much with a Smith (or any machine for that matter) versus free weights. If you continue to bench on a Smith, you will get stronger, but if you switch to free weights after a few months, you will notice the marked difference in the "feel" of the movement.
09-22-2005, 06:47 PM #3Originally Posted by SMYL_GR8
09-22-2005, 06:52 PM #4Originally Posted by striker93
09-22-2005, 06:58 PM #5Originally Posted by chest6
09-22-2005, 07:17 PM #6Originally Posted by striker93
09-22-2005, 08:36 PM #7Originally Posted by striker93
09-22-2005, 09:43 PM #8Originally Posted by chest6
09-22-2005, 09:52 PM #9Member
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i love the smith machine for incline bench...my left shoulder always gets tweaked funny...i find the smith machine helps me get the reps in with good protection of the shoulder
09-23-2005, 04:41 AM #10
Thanks guys yeah I kind of figured that with the machine stabalizing the bar, that would allow a person to incorporate other muscles to help with the bar. Because I had come to this conclusion I always try to use very strict form with the Smith(because with the Smith, you dont have to) I only use it for my first exercise which is always my heavy bar exercise for bench. The I do DBs, DB flys, pec dec, and weighted dips.
09-23-2005, 05:46 AM #11Originally Posted by Sanecrazy
09-23-2005, 04:24 PM #12Originally Posted by SMYL_GR8
09-23-2005, 04:30 PM #13Originally Posted by Sanecrazy
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