I know I’m gonna get a load of stick for this, but here goes.
I need to know the safest way to do squats using a Smith Machine. I would do them using a squat rack, but the gym I go to is really a health club and they’ve filled the place up with Cybex and X-trainers - hey, at least I get the run of the free weights because all the pussies in there mince about on CV machines!
Anyway, I’ve read how to do Poliquin ‘ass to grass squats’ and have been trying them on the Smith but I get real bad lower back pain. At the minute I’m keeping my heels in the same plane as the bar, but should I move them forward a bit? Or would that exert too much shear on the knees?
The alternative would be to load up a bar then clean lift it, over my head, then rest on my shoulders. Not ideal, especially as I’m following the GVT2000 programme and want to puke and fall over at the end of a few sets!
Any help/abuse much appreciated.