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

Itís 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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    Sep 2006

    smith machine good enougth for squats??

    there is no squat machines in my local gym, just smith machines...I just want to know if the smith machine is good enougth or should I get back to leg presses and lunges?

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    Senior Member Anthony's Avatar
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    Leg Press is arguable just as bad as a smith machine.

    Built's suggestions are good. You can also try zercher squats, overhead squats, and pistols.
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    Senior Member Sensei's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by coconut
    there is no squat machines in my local gym, just smith machines...I just want to know if the smith machine is good enougth or should I get back to leg presses and lunges?
    A squat machine and a smith machine are equally worthless IMnevertobeHO.

    Start squatting with a barbell.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Amateur Strongman Dinosaur's Avatar
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    May 2006
    I wouldn't make my own worst enemy do squats in a Smith machine. It's biomechanically incorrect and bad for you.

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    Former Fatass Unreal's Avatar
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    May 2005
    Machine? If you have a barbell and a rack then you have all you need. If you don't have a rack, then you can still do front, hack, and many others like all the wonderful people above pointed out.
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    Take Two Ruffian's Avatar
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    Dec 2005
    Boo on the smith machine. Does you no good!
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    Weight: 180 lbs
    Max lifts: Squat:320 lbs, Bench: 195 lbs, Deadlift: 290 lbs.
    Max Comp. Total: 805 lbs

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    Senior Member
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    Western Canada
    I'm a big fan of regular barbell squats, I wouldn't call smith machine squats useless.
    Every workout is a new battle
    and I always win

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    Senior Member McVein's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffian
    Boo on the smith machine. Does you no good! good???

    i have the same lack of rack problem...

    i just do higher reps, lower weight....whatever i can clean up there...i squat....which isnt too much, but i do have well developed legs....
    Quote Originally Posted by Everyone View Post
    I agree with McVein


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