Decided to rip out a few heavy squats today. I've been doing them fairly heavily for awhile now, although I don't feel comfortable at all underneath the bar, even with a spotter. This morning, I hit failure at the fifth rep on the fourth set...except my knee decided it didn't want to cooperate, and I lost my balance and fell to that knee. Next thing you know, I have a bar falling off my shoulder to the right, with a lot of weight heading directly for my skull. My spotter wasn't fast enough to catch it; the only reason I didn't end up in the hospital was because I literally let the bar go entirely and sprinted out of that cage (the bar missing me by inches).
Needless to say, I had the living you-know-what scared out of me this morning, and as I am uncomfortable with squats in the first place, I've been eyeing the smith machine lately. I am wondering...can I get good development from using a smith machine, or will I be wasting my time?
I appreciate your answers.
-one lucky ecto