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Posted: 4/13/2016 12:17:32 PM EDT
Is there one, because I can't think of any, besides maybe keeping new year resolution types out of squat racks.  

Just seem like a scheme to keep chiropractors and physical therapists employed.
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 12:44:44 PM EDT
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Weighted calf raises.
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 12:47:32 PM EDT
I zercher squatted 500 pounds on a smith machine last weekend.  No real good way to re-rack it without a spotter.  
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 12:53:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BadBobTheAlbino:
Is there one, because I can't think of any, besides maybe keeping new year resolution types out of squat racks.  

Just seem like a scheme to keep chiropractors and physical therapists employed.
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After shoulder surgery a few years ago I was never able to fully recover the strength I had prior to surgery.  The Smith machine was the only piece of equipment that allowed me to fully work the target muscles and regain strength.

The only other truly good use I've ever found for it was to absolutely destroy my pecs after I couldn't do any more free weight chest exercises.  My progression was incline DB flyes to failure, incline DB presses to failure, weighted dips to failure and then, on occasion I'd finish off with Smith machine bench presses.  
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 3:51:43 PM EDT
Ive seen people lay on their back under it and use it as some form of super dangerous leg press. I suppose it's effective, but I'd probably set the stops on it so it couldn't guillotine me.

Weighted calf raises as mentioned.

Shoulder shrugs too?
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 4:14:41 PM EDT
Worst I ever hurt myself was on a smith machine.

This was before I had seen the light.  I was "squatting" in it.  I had my feet way far forward, cause you know, if knees go forward at all they will blow up on the spot.

Now that I understand mechanics of the lifts and all that I can see how much moment force I was putting on my back when I did it.  

Crazy stupid.  But back in the day I had no idea.
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 4:31:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By thormx538:
Ive seen people lay on their back under it and use it as some form of super dangerous leg press. I suppose it's effective, but I'd probably set the stops on it so it couldn't guillotine me.

Weighted calf raises as mentioned.

Shoulder shrugs too?
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Saw the same thing for the first time two days ago.  That's actually what made me post this.
Link Posted: 4/13/2016 5:56:15 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ModernDayIsraelite:
Worst I ever hurt myself was on a smith machine.

This was before I had seen the light.  I was "squatting" in it.  I had my feet way far forward, cause you know, if knees go forward at all they will blow up on the spot.

Now that I understand mechanics of the lifts and all that I can see how much moment force I was putting on my back when I did it.  

Crazy stupid.  But back in the day I had no idea.
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My wife got a hernia squatting on the smith when we were just starting.  Same way I think.

I'm surprised that it hasn't been mentioned yet, but there's a YouTube video on how to use the Smith from Bro Science.
Turns out if you melted them all down you could cure world hunger.



Link Posted: 4/14/2016 7:02:38 AM EDT
Pull up bar.

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Pull up bar.

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Inverted Row
Link Posted: 4/14/2016 1:52:56 PM EDT
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Inverted Row
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Pull up bar.



Inverted Row



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Link Posted: 4/14/2016 2:36:09 PM EDT
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I use it as an ending to land mine complexes at the end of a workout, lay under throw feet on bench pull chest to bar, flip to underhand grip and do another set.  Other than that I don't think I have ever used a Smith Machine.

Eta inverted row as mentioned above.  Brain is still recovering from deadliftapalooza today.
Link Posted: 4/14/2016 2:46:09 PM EDT
Programming movements around a solid program is far more optimal than tailoring a program to accomodate a piece of machinery. Especially a smith machine. Put the smith machine on e-bay and go buy a squat rack with the money.
Link Posted: 4/14/2016 5:14:16 PM EDT
This guy seems to think that it's only good for 2 exercises:
http://www.fitstep.com/Library/Tips/Tips/when-to-use-smith-machine.htm

Weighted Calf raises
Short ROM exercises like lockout training for bench press.

I don't think I've ever used it... not seriously anyway.
Link Posted: 4/14/2016 5:34:44 PM EDT
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This guy seems to think that it's only good for 2 exercises:
http://www.fitstep.com/Library/Tips/Tips/when-to-use-smith-machine.htm

Weighted Calf raises
Short ROM exercises like lockout training for bench press.

I don't think I've ever used it... not seriously anyway.
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For hypertrophy work I imagine they are pretty handy, like doing burn out sets after a big lift.

I think you can use them for drag curls too.
Link Posted: 4/15/2016 9:17:18 AM EDT
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Pull up bar.



Inverted Row



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Why is he using wrist straps?
Link Posted: 4/15/2016 10:20:51 AM EDT
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Why is he using wrist straps?
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Pull up bar.



Inverted Row



Back Bull


Why is he using wrist straps?


Because he's he YYYYYYUGE.
Link Posted: 4/15/2016 4:37:12 PM EDT
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Why is he using wrist straps?
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Pull up bar.



Inverted Row



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Why is he using wrist straps?

Taking grip strength out of the equation?
Link Posted: 4/17/2016 7:02:32 PM EDT
While looking for ideas to change my workout, I came across a few videos showing Smith machines being used for different exercises. Here's one:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbb1BscZgs

IIRC, another video showed upright rows being done.
Link Posted: 4/17/2016 11:48:07 PM EDT
We all use it at my gym as a seated shoulder press machine. Works great for that without risk to your shoulders from dropping heavy dumbells after a set.






Other than that it sits unoccupied.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 1:38:21 AM EDT
use them for bodyweight rows, assisted pullups, and straight bar dips.    You can also use it for duck unders and step overs.     But that's all it is useful for.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 10:11:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BadBobTheAlbino:
Is there one, because I can't think of any, besides maybe keeping new year resolution types out of squat racks.  

Just seem like a scheme to keep chiropractors and physical therapists employed.
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Haters gonna hate but I love the smith machine for incline press and shoulder press. Never found any other use for it though.
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 2:31:20 PM EDT
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Im actually a big fan of them. Well a fan anyway. calf raises, incline bench press and my favorite that hurts like a motherfucker, donkey kicks. Get on all fours in front of the bar then use the sole of your foot on the bar to "kick" back (straighten your leg). It hurts so good.
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