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    Smith Machine vs. Free Weight Bench

    I workout alone and I don't have spotter for bench press, decline & incline press also. I use the smith machine for these exercises. Am I going to get good gains or am I wasting time?

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    You're not wasting your time.
    Just remember that the Smith doesn't allow for natural motion.
    What I mean by that is you're having to make movements based on what the machine allows rather than your natural movements based on your ROM.

    I only use the Smith when I am alone (no spotter) and am going to be lifting to failure or I use it to "test" myself when moving up in weight.
    Because I most often work out alone I end up using Hammer Strength a lot more than I should and the Smith when there's really no alternative.

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    Okay wasnt sure if the Hammer Strength was a better option or dumbells! Thanks for the help!

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    Why are you concerned with a spot ? If you can not control the weight and do strict reps you are lifting to heavy , IF and only IF you need a spot it should be on your last rep or 2 of your last set . If you need somebody to spot you during your whole workout then you do not know how to train . Just being honest with ya , Hope this helps . If you only need a spot on 1 or 2 reps ON YOUR LAST SET then just ask anybody in the gym . Smith machine is nice to throw in the mix but use the dumbbells until you learn how to fully control the weight on your own then move to the barbell . Then you can switch back and forth as need be btween DB and BB once you have some experience in training the correct way . YOU DO NOT NEED A SPOTTER TRUST ME

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    Quote Originally Posted by need2grow View Post
    I workout alone and I don't have spotter for bench press, decline & incline press also. I use the smith machine for these exercises. Am I going to get good gains or am I wasting time?
    Smith Machine

    It is another tool in your bodybuilding tool chest.

    Downside

    The Smith Machine eliminates the Stabilizer Muscles from the movement. Thus, the Stabilizer Muscles are not strengthened.

    Upside

    The work load is placed on the primary movers/muscles.

    A Smith Machine or any machine that provide greater stability allows you to overload the primary muscle to a great extent.

    Leg Press Example

    This machine allow you to overload the legs, primarily the Quads to a greater extent than a Squat.

    So, the Smith Machine (any machine) isn't a waste of time dependent what your objective is.

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    Smith machines works wonders for me, with shoulder injuries free weights are not as effective, I worry more about controlling the weight more than working the muscle.

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    Smith machines are great for 3 things.

    1. Calf raises
    2. Hanging your gym towel up
    3. Keeping people out of the squat and power racks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Warriorblaze View Post
    Smith machines are great for 3 things.

    1. Calf raises
    2. Hanging your gym towel up
    3. Keeping people out of the squat and power racks.


    Warrior
    They are legit for shrugs too! lol

    In all seriousness the smith machine is just another tool. Not an end all be all replacement of free weights, and not worthless. It is a tool.
    Anything said by exerciseordie is for educational purposes only! PERIOD!!!! Don't do illegal shit.

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    Thank yall so much for the helpful info!!!

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    I like knowing how much weight I'm moving, and you never know with those counterweighted bitch machines.

    I use an oly bar or a trap/hex bar for shrugs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Warriorblaze View Post
    I like knowing how much weight I'm moving, and you never know with those counterweighted bitch machines.

    I use an oly bar or a trap/hex bar for shrugs.


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    See I dont give two shits about the weight I move, I just care about the way I look lol
    Anything said by exerciseordie is for educational purposes only! PERIOD!!!! Don't do illegal shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exerciseordie View Post
    See I dont give two shits about the weight I move, I just care about the way I look lol
    I log everything religiously so it drives me NUTS! Lol


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    I hate the range of motion on a smith machine. My gym doesnt have decline bench press and whenever I try that using the smith machine for it I get no chest workout from it. Imo dbells are the way to go, hammer strength, and regular bench. Also, the regular sweeping motiom of a bench press movement imo cant be replicated on the smith machine thus making it not as effective. I use the smith machine to burnt out on shoulder press, calf raises, etc.

    I almost never have a spotter, my workout partner is my wife. She spots me sometimes if I really need one but obviously I have to know what im doing. Like others mentioned you should not need a spot on a regular day and still be able to go heavy during your sets.

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    I use a smith press for certain lifts that I can manipulate the ROM to work for me. shoulder presses, incline presses, shrugs even bent over rows on occasion.



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    These days I rarely use any machines. I much prefer free weights and body weight exercises. I want my body to manage and overcome the instability of the big free movements. Much more beneficial to a total synergistic body than isolating body parts.

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