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Counter balanced Smith Machine - weight difference?

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2015/02/24 13:31:21 (permalink)
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Counter balanced Smith Machine - weight difference?

I'm currently using 2 gyms.  One in my home town, one near work for lunchtimes sessions.  
 
The gym near work has a counter balanced Smith machine which I had to use due to the rack being busy.  I don't really understand how they work but the bar floats up and down without any weight on it.  
 
So I can keep track of progress and compare lifts, what sort of difference in weight are we talking between one of these Smith machines and a free bar?
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    Mobster
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    Re: Counter balanced Smith Machine - weight difference? 2015/02/24 15:22:27 (permalink)
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    As much as the bar in some cases - 20kg.

     
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    Re: Counter balanced Smith Machine - weight difference? 2015/02/24 17:37:40 (permalink)
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    That's right. The standard bench oly bar is 20kgs whilst the Smith bar is free from any gravitational weight.
    In my journal write-ups I include the weight of the oly bar in my lifts but not the Smith bar.
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    Re: Counter balanced Smith Machine - weight difference? 2015/02/25 07:54:19 (permalink)
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    That makes sense.  I'll start knocking 20kg off my lifts when I use the smith in this gym.  The smith in my local gym isn't counter balanced and I log it as normal.  In fact, it almost feels heavier than the free bar sometimes.
     
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