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2004/03/04 15:03:02 (permalink)
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Smith's for chest?

guys I dont have a spotter to do bench press and I do dumbbell presses all the time. what do you thihk of the smith's machine for bench press? I read here someone calling it evil :) why? I saw some really big guys down the gym using it. !!!!
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    TREBOR
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/04 15:22:54 (permalink)
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    If you want an alternative for chest try weighted parallel bar dips,as for the smith machine chins and shrugs are about all i would use it for.
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/04 15:26:18 (permalink)
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    I reckon you're better off with regular bench press rather than smith. You don't need a spotter.
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/05 17:04:02 (permalink)
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    until a little while ago I never had access to free weights, and I can really feel the difference when using a free barbell instead of machine/smith. don't know about the evil thing, but now I'd never use one over a free bar.

    if your gym has a rack you could use (depends on dimensions) then you could try take a bench over and press away without fear of it dropping on your neck :)
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/08 12:04:40 (permalink)
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    i train at two different gyms during the year, depending on whether im an uni or not, one only has a smith machine the other has free bench. i hate going back to the gym without the free bench i feel it in my chest so much more on a free bar. the smith machine's limited range of movement plays havoc with my joints. i find that if i do a couple of sets on the smith machine then use dumbells then i get a good workout.(would use dumbells all the way through but there too light at the uni gym)
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/08 16:14:25 (permalink)
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    smith bad. do some dips or weighted pushups if not bench
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    RE: Smith's for chest? 2004/03/09 16:52:32 (permalink)
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    quote:
    I read here someone calling it evil :) why? I saw some really big guys down the gym using it. !!!! ]

    The Smith does not allow one to use a natural range of motion and you don't incorporate stabilizer muscles. Also, just becasue you saw some "big guys" at the gym using a Smith, it doesn't mean they have any clue as to what they are doing. Never use a person's physique as an indicator of what you should be doing. I train with guys who are quite large and haven't the slightest about how to train properly. Many factors come into play, such as genetics, diet, supplements, AAS, etc.
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