The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
    Wannabebig Member
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    May 2006

    smith machine,have no spotter!

    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 ?

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  3. #2
    ANVIL POWER Detard's Avatar
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    i believe that it doesnt strengthen the stabilizers as much because its in a fixed motion.
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    Go Heels! MixmasterNash's Avatar
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    Use dumbbells. Ask someone else to spot heavy sets.

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  5. #4
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    i plan on using both

  6. #5
    Getting Swole hoser813's Avatar
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    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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  7. #6
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    do you think i can use the smith for muscle mass

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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Baltimore, MD, USA
    Your gym doesn't have a power rack?
    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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    is numero uno Saint Patrick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifting4life
    do you think i can use the smith for muscle mass
    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.

    Edit: Good point, Paul. You can always bench in the rack.
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  10. #9
    DeaTH BeFoRe WeaKNeSs sCaRz*Of*PaiN's Avatar
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    One day on the smith machine isn't going to kill you or hamper all that you've worked for.
    "The only easy day was yesterday."

  11. #10
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    Feb 2006
    Just do it without a partner.

    If you go to failure or past failure everytime you shouldn't be.

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    Senior Member Coqui's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Columbus, OH
    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.

  13. #12
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    Dec 2004
    oh the north country!
    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.



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