How about push ups in the Smith machine?
After sets of tricep exercises like close grip bench or skullcrushers occasionally I’ll move immediately to a smith machine set on knee high and pump out close-grip pushups and then partials.[/quote]
Right, as a burnout exercise, I totally understand, but as your primary? And would you pay someone $40 an hour to make you do half-assed pushups?
My results are just great, as I am quite focused. Unfortunately, I’m an unwilling, captive audience to this nonsense for the 10 minutes I am warming up on the recumbant bike. The Smith, the walk-in squat rack, the matted “stretch” area (where most Swiss ball work is done) are directly in front of me. When I’m lifting, I barely notice these peoples’ existence.
I guess I’m somewhat fascinated with this because I never did ridiculous shit like this when I was a noob, and certainly wouldn’t have paid someone to show me how to do exercises I could have learned watching Richard Simmons. I waddled my fat ass into my local hole-in-the-wall gym in 1987 with my 14th birthday money and bought a membership. The owner wrote me a solid, total body program and I did it without supervision week after week and got great results. No one-legged, Swiss ball balances, no 5 lb. dumbell trunk twists, just solid, simple stuff that worked. There wasn’t nearly the amount of information available (or even known) back then compared to today, and yet more people are doing more inane exercises than ever!
I don’t obsess over it, but I am curious as to why most people can’t seem to be bothered to do even the smallest amount of reading up on the topic of exercise, but would rather pay someone a ludicrous amount of money to teach them ineffective exercises and pat them on the ass.