I have only been powerlifting for six weeks and the only barbells my gym has are Smith machines. Here’s the stoopid question - do I really need to use barbells?
Assuming the answer is yes, it does make a difference, I’m planning to move to the new gym during a de-load week so I can get used to the unencumbered barbells. After the de -load, should I lower my training maxes? I will be starting my second cycle of 5/3/1 and am getting 15-20 reps on my PR sets in my first cycle, but I’m not sure how much of a difference being out of a Smith machine will make.