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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Machine Squats

    Are these safe. I have no other way of doing squats other than on the Smith. But I can really feel it straining my lower back. I haven't got an injury but am worried about the long term effects.

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    Don't use the smith machine.

    I find it hard to believe that your gym doesn't have a barbell you can use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    Don't use the smith machine.

    I find it hard to believe that your gym doesn't have a barbell you can use.
    It does but not anyone or a cage to spot me. I often train with a mate of mine but even then it is difficult to spot safely.

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    How to Squat on a Smith Machine

    1) Don't

    2)Repeat


    haha I'm giving you a little bit of a hard time. Have you considered finding a new gym? If your gym doesn't have a power rack or squat stands, I guess you'll have to squat in the smith machine. Put your feet a little farther out in front of you though. You can't squat in a smith with the same form that you use with free weights


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    front squats are a great alternative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    How to Squat on a Smith Machine

    1) Don't

    2)Repeat


    haha I'm giving you a little bit of a hard time. Have you considered finding a new gym? If your gym doesn't have a power rack or squat stands, I guess you'll have to squat in the smith machine. Put your feet a little farther out in front of you though. You can't squat in a smith with the same form that you use with free weights

    OK thanks, I will try this. I also do not go down as low as a proper squat as there is too much strain on my back

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSpikeyThing View Post
    front squats are a great alternative
    Would this be a lot better/safer on the smith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex11012 View Post
    OK thanks, I will try this. I also do not go down as low as a proper squat as there is too much strain on my back
    Sounds like your technique is the problem not the movement. Try lightening the weight and focus on correct technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex11012 View Post
    Would this be a lot better/safer on the smith?
    No, never use a smith machine. You do front squats by cleaning the weight to your shoulders and squatting. If you're going to miss the rep, dump the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Roberts View Post
    Sounds like your technique is the problem not the movement. Try lightening the weight and focus on correct technique.
    I second that. If you have an injury or something, dont train around it by not going to depth. Let it heal and then get back to squatting


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