today i have to work out chest but i have no partner,i usually always do freeweights but now i have to use the smith machine for chest. Is it true that smith machine dont work as good as free weights and doesnt put on muscle mass ?
i plan on using both
most smiths also have a built in counter weight so the weight on the bar is actually less than what it would be free.
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do you think i can use the smith for muscle mass
Your gym doesn't have a power rack?
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You CAN exercise on a smith and gain muscle mass, sure. Personally I never use a spotter on BB bench unless going for a 1RM. I can guage my strength pretty well, and I can usually tell when I'm able to push out that last rep.Originally Posted by lifting4life
Edit: Good point, Paul. You can always bench in the rack.
Last edited by Saint Patrick; 06-16-2006 at 03:55 PM.
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One day on the smith machine isn't going to kill you or hamper all that you've worked for.
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Just do it without a partner.
If you go to failure or past failure everytime you shouldn't be.
I've experienced huge gains using a Smith machine. It isn't as good as a barbell but it's still effective. As stated, yes you lose working out some stabilizer muscles. In my previous gym (just switched today) I did Chest Tuesday and Fridays and Did Smith Machine flat dumbell incline on Tues. and Dumbell flat and Smith Machine Inclines on Friday. Worked good and I was able to get those stabilizer muscles. Now that I'll have a flat bench, I can go crazy.
Yeah I also use the smith, but then again I use BB's as well as pec deck too. The Smith is OK, just not the best choice IMO.