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    Smith squats

    I dislocated my shoulder at the end of last year. My range of motion is somewhat screwed yet so I cant grip the bar and hold it in the position to do squats. I recently started doing them on the Smith machine; I can flip the release and hold the bar on my shoulder with one arm this way. Am I still getting the same benefits as free weight squats doing this? Are the Smith machine bars Olympic weight? Anyone know what the assist is on those machines? Thanks in advance

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    In a weigh you are getting more out of it. See with a barbell plus weights there is no upward resistance except the weight. But w the smith rack you are fighting the weight plus the resistance of the cable mechanism.

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    Good point. Do you know if that barbell is 45lbs?

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    I'm pretty sure on the smith rack bar is like 35lbs

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    The bar is 20-35 lbs depending on manufacturer. I personally hate the ROM of smith machines but if that's all you can do its still activating the muscles which is the goal so I would say Crush it!
    I'll get there or Die trying...

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    Yes better that than nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazieone56 View Post
    In a weigh you are getting more out of it. See with a barbell plus weights there is no upward resistance except the weight. But w the smith rack you are fighting the weight plus the resistance of the cable mechanism.

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    interesting point of view...seems like guys can do more weight on a smith machine so i'm not sure i agree
    but it is better then not lifting at all

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    Yes. You actually can. Because it stabilizes for you also. Which is good for max weight

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    I do shrugs on the smith rack too. And I can do like 350lbs.

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    Thanks for all of the info guys....so you're saying 315 is more like 290ish on there?

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    I like the smith, cause my shitty gym doesn't have barbels I've gotten use to it. I find it supportive of my lower back and I can go heavier, really loading up my quads - and they've never been bigger.

    I also like to put a bench under my arse to take it to failure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by theCaptn' View Post
    I like the smith, cause my shitty gym doesn't have barbels I've gotten use to it. I find it supportive of my lower back and I can go heavier, really loading up my quads - and they've never been bigger.

    I also like to put a bench under my arse to take it to failure.
    the bench thing is a good idea, im going to use that!

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    No 315lbs is still 315lbs lol. Its stable so you can push out extra reps knowing you can just spin the bar and rack it if you get in trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by futureMrO View Post
    Lol cmon man. I gotta do what I gotta do. I just cant hold the bar right now on normal squats

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