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    Question about the Smith Machine

    Yes, I prefer barbells, but I sometimes do Smith Machine bench press when I cant find a spotter for regular bench...

    So I asked a trainer at the gym how much the bar weighs in the Smith Machine. He says it weights ZERO, cause its on a pully system. That can't be true..

    Normally I consider the bar to be 45 lbs, right? If I am adding weight to the Smith Machine, what is the starting weight of the bar itself?

    Thanks

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    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 12-24-2009 at 05:52 PM.

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    Depends, some of them are only 20 lbs, plus you have to deal with resistance on the concentric and it being even easier on the eccentric.

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    If the trainer said Zero, it probably is Zero. From what I've been told on here they can weigh from Zero to Twenty pounds depending on the maker.
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    Put no weight on it, and see if it drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clover View Post
    Put no weight on it, and see if it drops.
    Lol i feel stupid for not having thought that.
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    The Smith machine at my gym says 15lbs! I love the Smith machine it works really well! I can hang my sweatshirt and weight belt on it and use it to pull on well I stretch! Woo Hoo!
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    Well I can bench about 150 lbs normally... if we are counting the Smith Machine bar as 15 lbs, then I can only bench 135 lbs on the Smith Machine. So the resistance that is built into the machine must be a factor as well, causing at least 15 lbs of resistance..

    So maybe we can say that the starting weight of the Smith Machine is actually 30 lbs.

    just a theory..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    Well I can bench about 150 lbs normally... if we are counting the Smith Machine bar as 15 lbs, then I can only bench 135 lbs on the Smith Machine. So the resistance that is built into the machine must be a factor as well, causing at least 15 lbs of resistance..

    So maybe we can say that the starting weight of the Smith Machine is actually 30 lbs.

    just a theory..
    if you don't have a spotter, go until you really struggle on a rep... It's not worth benching in the smith

    also, i have probably had a different spotter for my last 6 or 7 workouts for bench. People lifting at the gym don't usually say no to spotting you if you ask them when they finish a set of a lift.

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