Actually, I’m trying to back up my opinion that in the absence of a squat rack, it’s better to front-squat than to use a Smith Machine.
(By the way, I’m female!)
One would think that with a name like dragonMAMMA one would be able to figure that out, but once again T-Nation’s lack of reading comprehension rises to the occasion.
Also, can you give us any more info on the photo? I’m kinda surprised because unless I’m box squatting I think my squat is pretty much straight up and down
You never know–maybe he thought I was a transvestite or something.
In the other example I had seen, there was definitely a pronounced curve forward somewhere in the middle of the lift, and then curved back again so that the top point of the curve was directly over the bottom point.
OK, so now I’m hearing from a few of you that the lift DOES go up and down in a straight line. If that is so, then why am I always hearing how squats can’t be performed properly in a Smith machine? Obviously it’s inferior to a free weight barbell because you don’t need to stabilize the bar, but that doesn’t actually affect your form.