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burythestar3

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Is the smith machine effective for squats?
« on: May 23, 2011, 07:06:38 pm »
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I have always felt safer when using the smith machine as opposed to traditional barbell squats. Will using the smith machine for squats make my gains when it comes to my vertical smaller?

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Re: Is the smith machine effective for squats?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 08:17:50 pm »
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Yes, trust, just use a barbell and get a spotter, or use safety pins, or both, and use weight that your comfortable with.  Use proper form. 

Follow all that, safety should not be an issue and your vert will thank you for it.
Goal is to dunk.

Vertical needed to dunk: 40"

Current vertical : 38.5"

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Re: Is the smith machine effective for squats?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 11:24:13 am »
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I have always felt safer when using the smith machine as opposed to traditional barbell squats. Will using the smith machine for squats make my gains when it comes to my vertical smaller?

Seriously, get over your fears and learn how to barbell squat. EliteFTS.com has an excellent video series called "So You Think You Can Squat". I suggest watching it. There are many people in weightlifting community who think that the Smith Machine Squat is more dangerous that a barbell squat. This is because it forces your body into an unnatural movement pattern that is not based on your center of gravity.

The only thing the Smith Machine is good for is hanging your towel on it.

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Re: Is the smith machine effective for squats?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 02:16:20 pm »
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Oops. Sorry, I didn't realize this was the ADARQ and Lance thread. I shouldn't have responded. Ignore what I said.