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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Reply From Parabody Regarding The Smith Machine

    I wrote to Life Fitness (makers of Parabody equipment, and probably the gold standard Smith Machine) as a potential client. I was expecting to hear about how wonderful Smith Machines are (that would be a switch). What I received follows, and I thought it was a rather candid, honest reply dealing with the issues:

    Dear Sir:

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the ParaBody Smith System. In regard to
    your question regarding the safety of this type of machine especially as it
    related to lower body joints, I would say there are many opinions on the subject
    and I will offer you mine.

    We have seen a large resurgence in the interest for and popularity of Smith
    Machines in the last ten years. I believe this is primarily for two reasons:

    1) Many personal trainers have introduced free weight lifting to novice lifters
    (typically a little older) with a Smith Machine. This is because they can
    perform the motion of the lift easier when the machine tracks the movement for
    them. As well it is a safer lift because they are not trying to control a
    completely free apparatus like an Olympic bar (especially if you are working out
    at home alone). The down side to this is, as you say, is that the body does not
    move completely in a linear manner. This means that any time your body wants to
    move contrary to the direction the bar is moving, the machine is applying a
    stress to the body in a different direction than it wants to go naturally. How
    detrimental this stress is depends on the intensity of the stress and the
    integrity of the joint supporting it.

    2) Bodybuilders have used Smith Machines in order to "overload" certain muscle
    groups with heavier weight loads than they could doing barbell squats.

    As with anything, there are plusses and minusses. If you are looking for
    something that can give you a higher degree of control (especially with heavier
    loads) and greater safety when working out at home, the Smith may be your
    answer. If you want something that allows totally free range of motion and
    unencumbered lifting, I would look more closely at our Rack System or Power
    System. Please let me know if you would like further information on any of these

    I hope this helps a bit. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    Good luck in your selection process. We wish you the best in meeting your
    fitness goals!

    Pete Borchert
    Business Manager - Consumer Strength Products
    Life Fitness
    14150 Sunfish Lake Blvd.
    Ramsey, MN 55303
    800.328.9714, x4565
    "If you can squat heavy and **** hard, what more is there to life!"

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    I hear you get a choice of a free subscription to Modern Woman, or Nike Sports Bra with every order of a Parabody Smith Machine.
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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    That was a very good response to your question, I think.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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