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Top 10 Uses for a Smith Machine

Had nothing better to post: Help me round out the top ten uses for the SmithMachine
#1. Keeps the retards out of the Squat Rack, hopefully.
#2. For use as a BD-SM device: Use your own damn imagination !
#3. For use to hang your luandry on
#4. For use as a kids tent
#5. To help keep your local Chiropractor/Massage/Physical Therapist in business…

Help me to finish this list PLEASE !

Selective height rack-pulls
Shoulder Presses
Squats

I really don’t get the hate for the Smith, it does the job just fine.

I have no issue with it either. I’ve used it when rehabbing my shoulders.
Properly used, it’s an effective tool.

But it IS often improperly overused BY tools.

lol

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
I really don’t get the hate for the Smith, it does the job just fine.[/quote]
The biggest problem is two-fold. People over-rely on them (doing the majority of their workout on it) because it’s “easier” than using free weights, which will increase the risk of long-term injury, and people use them for inappropriate exercises which leads to poor technique which leads to an increased risk of long-term injury.

With that said, however, here’s a legit list of 10 Uses for a Smith Machine:

… and boom goes the dynamite.

  1. Incline presses
  2. Rows
  3. JM presses
  4. Decline presses
  5. Haney shrugs

I was happy to see it when I had to Rehab a couple of injuries during the years…

OH, yeah

“Chicks dig it”.

Trap work
Reverse grip bench
Explosive Bench (throwing the weight and catching)
Heavy Seated pressing

[quote]Loudog75 wrote:
Trap work
Reverse grip bench
Explosive Bench (throwing the weight and catching)
Heavy Seated pressing[/quote]

Yes, one of my favourites for trap work too.

pushups for the deconditioned, adjust bar height accordingly
inverted row, same concept
hook a TRX up to

this is coming from someone that primarily works with the de-conditioned.

This…


Good finisher.

not the reaction the OP had hoped for im sure…

*pendalay rows
*yates rows
*banded floor presses

Pullups when someone is doing cable-whatevers. (Watch the head, though)

I’ve used it for chin-ups before. Does that count?

so much for being a Sarcastic Smartass Asshole. I was really hoping for more sarcastic wit here guys ; (
Still do not like it, and IF you ever see me in one PLEASE feel free to clean my ears out with a BULLET (no sarcasm) !

I use the ends to help put my straps up when lifting in a suit alone.

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
I use the ends to help put my straps up when lifting in a suit alone.[/quote]

I hate lifting in suits

Putting on a tie just for squats…

But hey if it helps you by all means do it. I never took you for a suspenders kinda girl…

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
I really don’t get the hate for the Smith, it does the job just fine.[/quote]
The biggest problem is two-fold. People over-rely on them (doing the majority of their workout on it) because it’s “easier” than using free weights, which will increase the risk of long-term injury, and people use them for inappropriate exercises which leads to poor technique which leads to an increased risk of long-term injury.

With that said, however, here’s a legit list of 10 Uses for a Smith Machine:

… and boom goes the dynamite.[/quote]

I seriously wonder what Russian mail order bride one would get for around 1000 USD.

dick shrugs?

Standing calf raises, too.