It's nearly beach season now and the number of people going to my gym to get ripped just increases day by day. I normally do rack pulls in the one and only rack in my gym and I don't mind waiting 5-10 minutes if there is someone using it.
However, today there are more than 3 guys waiting to use the rack so I said fuck it, I'll just try the smith machine instead. I put 2 plates a side for my warm up. It felt...right. I increased the weights till I reach my working set and I really enjoyed it. Grip wasn't as much of an issue as normal rack pulls and I feel like I can really focus on working my back and traps.
I'm still going to do normal rack pulls as one of my main back exercise, but I think that using the smith machine can be a good back-up.
Any of you guys tried doing rack pulls using the smith machine? Any issues with it? Any tips on techniques/minimising potential injuries? Thanks a lot in advance.