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Smith Machine or Regular Bench?


#1

I am just starting out with lifting. I am trying to gain size in my chest and was wondering which way would be best, using a Smith machine or the regular bench press.


#2

Regular bench would be better, as you will use more stabilising muscles, which will in turn help you grow.


#3

Thanks majicka!


#4

yeah i have to say if you start out on a smith machine for quite a while, then move to a free weight bench.... its really going to throw you off. i remember i used a smith machine for almost a year, since that was all we had, and when i jumped onto the regular bench.... i had a hell of a time balancing the weight, it was very akward.


#5

Just don't be the guy who uses the smith machine because it lets you put up more weight because it is easier.


#6

I'd say both if you don't have a spotter.


#7

Machines are well known to allow you to lift more... Free weights rock full stop.


#8

As long as there is at least one other person in the gym, then there is always a spotter. Don't be afraid to ask them.