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Power/Hang Cleans in Smith Machine?


#1

I was laid off in March and had to drop my expensive gym and go to $10/month place; that has no barbells. Is there any point in doing power or hang cleans in a smith machine? I know the T-Nation answer is change gyms but right now I can't. Thanks for the feedback.


#2

Nope, don’t waste your time


#3

they don’t have any barbells in the gym? Snag one from a bench press station if you have to.

Get some dumbells and do single arm dumbell snatches or dumbell cleans.

I don’t even think smith machine cleans are possible. If they are I wouldn’t want to try them.


#4

That would defeat pretty much the entire purpose of the movement, would it not?


#5

Thanks everyone for the reply’s, point taken. Hopefully I’ll finda job soon.


#6

I definitely agree with the suggestion to do DB cleans (either seated like westside, or heavy, with shouldering it) and snatches


#7

I’ve never tried it, but you might be able to get away with high pulls in a smith machine. But like others have said, there are better alternatives.


#8

[quote]dfreezy wrote:
Nope, don’t waste your time[/quote]

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#9

I very much like the average, non-counterweighted smith for tricep and shoulder training… But olympic lifts in the smith machine? That’s really pushing it.

A gym without barbells… And I thought Germany was bad when it comes to the availability(or lack thereof) of well-equipped hardcore gyms…