I have been doing SS for the past 2 months and have always used the smith machine for my squatting. Would it be more beneficial to move to the regular squatting and work my weight back up?(im at 165lbs now with smith machine) I have heard that the smith machine wont work as many muscles then regular squatting would and could cause injuries do to the fixed path of the bar.
If you haven't been using the low-bar barbell back squat, you haven't been doing SS.
well i just read this like 30 min ago that doing the smith machine may cause injuries so......
I use to do smith machine squats because I was scared of regular squats but my friend put me on the regular squats and I have seen better gains. Smith machines are garbage.
short term goal: 200
Long term goal: Lean 225
also as a side note, the smith machine is a terrible way to determine how much you can actually squat. You won't be able to squat with proper form with 165 pounds on the bar. The bar also adds 45 pounds, so make sure you start with and work up to a much lighter weight.
I'm a curious how much a Smith machine bar weighs. A regular squat bar weighs 45 lbs, and a smith bar weighs 35 lbs?
And actually the squat bar at the powerlifting gym where I squat weighs 55 pounds, not 45. Oh wait, I guess there's actually a smith machine there too, I try not to look at it so it doesn't spoil the atmosphere or the mindset of my training session.
Last edited by BigTallOx; 06-23-2009 at 11:18 PM.
Some smith bars weigh nothing, some more. The one at my gym weighs 48 lbs. ( I brought in a scale to settle an arguement)
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There should be a law against using the smith machine for anything else other then as a towel rack.
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In my opinion, free squatting (using an unfixed barbell) is much better than squatting in a smith machine. I've only used a smith machine once, and it is a totally different thing, haha. Squatting with a barbell will develop many more muscles and make you stronger in my opinion. I hope this helps, bud.
Puffydisc - the guys are right about the smith machine. The smith machine forces you to accommodate it's plane of movement, not what's natural. It's hard on the knees and can be on the lower back.
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
Squatting with a Smith Machine is the best way for muscle hypertrophy.
Just like standing on a cat's neck is good for their health.
Height: 5ft 6.5
Raw lifts..... (Just belt and chalk)
Sandbag Military Press: 132 x 13
Barbell military Press: 225 x 1
Bearhug Sandbag Squat: 225 x 7
Like Built used to say, Smith Machines make great towel racks.
"The only easy day was yesterday."