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Old 07-03-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
Brandon Oto
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Yeah, okay, I just had to share this. Yesterday at the gym I encountered the following:

http://www.degreesofclarity.com/misc/smith.mov

That is, by the by, one of the gym staff. And yes, his feet are about a foot in front of him, and he's sitting onto a bench. Maybe he's training for a wall-sit meet...
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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I hate the Smith machine. I work at a gym and whenever guys ask me about the Smith machine I direct them towards a proper squat.

It pains me to see videos like that. At least he isn't doing a 400lb deadlift with a rounded back. Now THAT is bad.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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the video looks like it was "Big Box Gym" meets Westside.

box squats on a smith machine.:bangin:
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:14 PM   #4
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I hurt my back on a Smith machine doing fairly light Stiff legged deadlifts. For some reason, all the stations were taken, and I figured what the heck. But I can tell you, that range of motion cannot be optimal for almost any lift, and certainly not Stiff legs. We think we go straight up and down, but we don't. I can't think of any valid use for those things.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:43 PM   #5
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Theres a smith at my gym and i use it all the time with my clients.. that is for my clients who havent developed the strength to do pullups or pushups. you can set the bar high and have them use their feet to assist with pullups or slowly work down the notches till they're on the floor with pushups.

Actually a great tool, as long as you don't use it for what it was designed for.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:59 PM   #6
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Hi Brandon:

Next time, you'll explicitly mention that the video link you posted is (or is not) work and/or family safe, yes?

That one certainly was, but we require the explicit designation one way or the other (w/fs, or not).

Thanks,
Dave
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:05 PM   #7
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david...me too. i have about 10 exercises i use with clients and none of them are traditional "smith" exercises.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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Is the Smith machine safe for anyone?

:-) Sory Dave, I'll remember.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:31 PM   #9
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The adjustable jumping pullup bar/ring pushup station? Totally usefull.
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:26 AM   #10
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I found a great use for a smith machine ...

(work/family safe link)
http://swiftonline.com/crossfit/archives/598

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