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Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ?

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2005/07/26 09:28:46 (permalink)
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Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ?

At my gym they only have the small 5kg free weight plates which means on a straight bar I can just about pack on 4 on each side giving a total of 40KG for the deadlift. They do have Olypmic sized weights but they can only be used on a bar which is not straight and is more for curls etc.......

With this in mind is it possible to deadlift on a Smith ? I know the weights can never go down to the floor but could the exercise be adjusted slightly to make it work ???????
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2005/07/26 16:47:10 (permalink)
    using a smith machine is not ideal for deadlift because you do not go through the natural range of motion when you lift the bar, but if its all thats available then its better than nothing. The Smith machine at my gym does go to the floor just remove the stops which hook on the side and the bar should rest virtually on the floor.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2005/07/26 17:08:47 (permalink)
    I wouldn't. The fixed plane is not condusive to the bodies mechanics of a deadlift. Stiff leg DL may just be feasible, but not regular deads TBH.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2005/07/26 17:41:33 (permalink)
    Hi

    Have a word with the owner/manager and persuade them to get a straight bar. They are quite cheap and point out that the gym can only benefit.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2005/07/27 06:21:31 (permalink)
    Simply put, no, a smith is no good.

    Let it sink.... I can swim.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2006/03/02 21:58:53 (permalink)
    well at our gym we only have smith machine and free weights

    could someone tell me how to do deadlifts with freeweights then........



    also are front squats ok on a smiths machine.............

    what else can u get away with on a smiths
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2006/03/02 22:49:38 (permalink)
    I agree with the consensus here. Can't think of a worse exercsise than deadlifts to do on a Smith machine.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2006/03/03 19:58:57 (permalink)
    ask your gym to buy a bar, they are only about £30 or so. if they tell them u can use the smith machine, tell them u have tried but find the whole movement on the smith machine unatural, and it feels like its damaging your body, even with light weights.
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2006/03/03 20:19:50 (permalink)
    smiths are a bag of w*nk mate
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    RE: Deadlifts possible on a Smith Machine ? 2006/03/03 22:41:37 (permalink)
    eh? me confused! i thought 'partial deads' (bar on lowest possible setting - 10 inches from floor approx) was fine for deads..not as good as 'full' deads but ok... i used them to get form ok and then progress to heavy weight..

    have i been doing it all wrong?!

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