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Should I Do Wide Grip Smith Machine Bench?


#1

Bros chest started growing fast after he started doing wide grip smith machine bench,should i implement it?

Obvously we hit DB and barbells mainly for chest but I always stayed away from the smith and was always told to stay away from the smith machine. But after seing results of my bro who is a hard gainer on his chest i was wondering, should i incorporate this workout into my routine or is it useless?


#2

I’m assuming you do bodybuilding style workouts. All you can do is try it. I wouldn’t drop my freeweight work completly tho. Figure out if it works for you.


#3

why don’t you try it ? you won’t loose your gain because you do something different…


#4

Aren’t you doing 5/3/1?


#5

You should find out if the smith machine works for your goals and isn’t going to lead to injury. If it ticks the boxes, use it.


#6

The complaints about the smith machine I hear are lack of stabilizers and fixed ROM. I find those to be compelling arguments for the smith’s efficacy on chest development, since regular flat bench is as much tris/shoulders as anything. If you’re doing 5/3/1, though, despite not having Forever, I’d be surprised to hear Jim created a smith template. I sincerely hope you’ll ask Jim about smith machine bench ASAP. If we’re talking strictly hypertrophy, John Meadows and Paul Carter are both fans of the smith.


#7

Only really use smith machine for chest when doing guillotine presses however echoing other comments, if it is prescribed in your program to not use the smith machine, then dont