I had to use the Smith Machine yesterday because there was no spotter to spot me for bench pressing. I thought you are not supposed to count the bar in the Smith Machine as weight to your bench. I put up the weight I use to bench with the regular barbell thinking that I had to have the weight in plates as I do with the barbell and weights with the normal bench press. I ALMOST KILLED MYSELF!
Can someone tell me if the Smith bar weighs the same weight as the barbell (45lbs) or if you don't count it and it weighs 0 lbs?