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    Wannabebig Member stanton's Avatar
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    Smith Machine

    Hey Guys
    Been reading a little more and learned the Smith Machine isn't that great of a tool to use. Are there any excercises that the smith machine really works well with?

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    Smith Machine = The Devil

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    I use it because that's all there is at my gym, and I can't afford to pay to go to a gym (mine is free)...plus it's on the way home from work.
    That being said I hate it, hate it, and hate it. Yet I still do pretty much my whole 5x5 workout on it. d'oh
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    It's a pretty handy towel rack.

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    Kaz Press

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    Hate to admit it, but I I actually use it for behind the back shrugs.
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    i don't ever use a smith, but i wouldn't hold it against a guy for doing calf raises, kaz press, shrugs, or even decline bench with it

    but maybe i'm just a hippie

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    I use it for calf raises, thats about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by james_w8lifter View Post
    I use it for calf raises, thats about it.
    what he said...

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    I set the bar at a certain height for my poorly conditioned clients to do push-ups off of. That's about it...
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    I hate doing behind the back shrugs, but this machine might actually help. It just feels like you aren't doing any work when you use it though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoToFatigue View Post
    I hate doing behind the back shrugs, but this machine might actually help. It just feels like you aren't doing any work when you use it though!
    With the Smith I can position myself so my big butt doesn't stop the bar progress . Not feeling it? Slow the movement down and use more weight. and "shrug" higher.
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