I started again on wednesday, and holy cow am I sore. Feels great. I took more than a few months off when I started getting lower back pain from deadlifts/squats. Although I was using a smith machine, I still feel great from the soreness. I'm glad to be back in full gear.. although my muscle memory is gone. I struggled with 185 from previously reps with 305
Anyone have comments about squats/deadlifts with the smith machine? My gym just got a new one and I gave it a try.. it was real easy on my back because you can lean right into the slope of the bar as it transcends the rack. I liked it a lot, for the sake of my back and pushing the last rep without fear of failure. Anyways... just fishing for comments!
Last edited by twm5993; 06-04-2004 at 02:13 PM.
Free Squats > Smith
Weight: Not Big Enough
“Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” — Bruce Lee
And smith is probably more acutely dangerous than free weights as well.Originally Posted by Saint Patrick
How so?Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
Also, I realize there are stabilizers involved in free squats, but the fact remains that its real harsh on my back to do a free squat.
You can't dump a smith bar. A free weight squat is safe is a power cage.
I agree, squats can be tough on my back too. I recommend pre-exhausting your legs so you can use a lighter weight for squats. My exercise of choice is barbell lunges. Excellent leg exercise in and of themselves, and virtually no lowerback strain. Then I do squats with 60-70% of my normal load, which is much easier on my back.
No, you can't dump the smith.. but you can lock it out and set the safety latches. I mean.. I just don't see how its unsafe. If anything its safer, in my opinion. I do agree about the power cage.. my school doesn't have one of those though.Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
I could see the safety aspect for the leg sled or press because of the pressure on the lower back, but if you position your feet at the base of the smith machine, you can keep your back in almost perfect position to squat: you can arch your back to keep the spine straight while leaning into the weight so that there is no lower back pressure (at least for me).