I know its cheating and it makes me feel like a pussy but i like doing squats on the smith machine. it lets me do a ton of weight and i do it with perfect form. then when i try doing them "for real" in the squat rack i have a hard time balancing the bar on my back and i can't quite get parallel. what's my problem? should i just keep doing them until i get better and more comfortable?
Thread: Smith machine vs. squat rack
02-07-2007, 01:23 PM #1
Smith machine vs. squat rack
02-07-2007, 01:28 PM #2
i was scared of squat rack few months ago, so i went to smith machine. i got to 225 lb in squat and so i decided to do rippetoe since all i did waas full body workouts.
so in squat rack, i put 185 lb and in few weeks, i can do 275lb squats, so the balancing thing will eventually get good. just put less weight on squats (the real ones)
02-07-2007, 01:28 PM #3
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02-07-2007, 02:38 PM #6
its all very well for short people to make comments about 'real squats' versus smith macine squats, but for us tall ppl, that may be the way to go.
if smith machines give you a better leg workout, use 'em.the moment
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02-07-2007, 03:42 PM #7
02-07-2007, 03:58 PM #8its all very well for short people to make comments about 'real squats' versus smith macine squats, but for us tall ppl, that may be the way to go.
I stand over 6'6" barefoot. I love squatting. Full range of motion too, none of this candy-ass half-squat crap that the children and weekend warriors do. (If I had a dollar for every idiot that doesn't even reach parallel....)
You're too tall to squat? Bull****. You're just giving yourself a cheap excuse not to do a demanding exercise.
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02-10-2007, 11:37 AM #15
A squatting cage is a different story, though. Those give you safety in case you need to stop the set and get out. You will have a safe place to put the weight.
The squat rack at my gym wasn't that good. It had 3 levels. The lowest level is really too low to lower the bar to in case you need to. The second level, you can only do a partial squat, so that part is useless unless you need to go forward and get rid of the weight in a quick manner.
If you have one, definitely use a squat cage. Otherwise make sure to have a spotter behind you. Of course, you shouldn't work out alone anyway.
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There's no point in using a smitch machine, period. If you want to be strong - barbell squats are the only way to go, if you want big legs, same deal. Smitch machines are not horrible machines, but they're a cop out. People use them to say that they do squats, but make excuses not to do them in a squat rack. Just start with lighter weights and work your way up, focusing on form, and you'll be fine.Blue jays/Spartans/Colts
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That said, for squats unless you have some injury get out there and use the barbell. It's much safer than bb bench pressing and I'm sure you've done that for a while without being a fraidy cat.
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