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