FRONT SQUATS next in line after you stall out on smith squats? Terrible idea. Just atrocious.
Smith squats by nature put your body at unnatural, joint compromising angles when you “squat” if thats what you call it…
When you naturally squat, your body is able to align itself relative to the bar and your center of gravity and blahbblah. Essentially, the goal is to keep your vertebrae as perpendicular to the floor as possible. This requires movement throughout the horizontal plane.
Smith machines dont allow for movement in the horizontal plane. They are fixed. They force your vertebrae to remain diagonal to the floor. Its like asking for thoracic injury
besides, what happened to free-motion building total-body stability and synergy? by keeping the bar in a fixed plane, youre preventing a lot of stabilizer mouscles from doing work
Get up to 30000lbs on a smith squat, and your front squat, back squat, whatever will be 10% of that. Scientifically proven…
Leg presses…hack squats…smith machine diagonal squat-like presses…dude, ARE YOU AFRAID to squat?..
Dude, i tried these once two years ago and they are not good news. Do front squats. BEtter for you and better results and you wont look like the dude i saw in the gym today.
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Oh really? Please provide a link to this scientific study where someone reached a 30000lb smith squat, and it didn’t positively affect their free weight squatting.
The rest of your post just wreaks of fanboyism.
Do you also believe that Hack squat machines put your body into “unnatural, joint compromising angles”? Because depending on how you perform smith machine squats, they can be very similar biomechanically speaking.
If you don’t know how to do them properly, then don’t do them. But telling someone else that they are “retarded” for wanting to do them is…well retarded.
I’ve done them before, and I’m sure that lots of other experienced guys on this forum have as well. I did not injure myself, and I doubt that anyone else else that knew what they were doing did either.
Zep, here is a video of Ron Harris doing some squats in the Smith:
That’s pretty close to the form that I generally use, only I tend to go lower than him.
It’s really about knowing where you body is in space and finding just the right foot placement that allows for the most comfortable ROM. I couldn’t tell you exactly where that is for you, but if you play around with it a little, you’ll likely find where that is for you.