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Old 11-15-2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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Smith Machine?

My boss just informed me a couple of days ago that squats with barbells are prohibited in our gym now. He said our members and our staff needs to use the smith machine for all squats. I hate the smith machine. Does anyone know if the smith machine is bad for your alignment? or anything else?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:23 PM   #2
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Re: Smith Machine?

THe machine forces your body where it wants you to go, as opposed to the barbell squat, where your body moves naturally.

I 'm not sure what I would do if a gym employee told me I couldn't squat. I'll get back to you on this.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:54 PM   #3
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My boss just informed me a couple of days ago that squats with barbells are prohibited in our gym now. He said our members and our staff needs to use the smith machine for all squats. I hate the smith machine. Does anyone know if the smith machine is bad for your alignment? or anything else?
Did you ask your boss why you weren't allowed to squat? This seems a little odd to me... I would assume you would have squat racks in your gym, right? If so, ask him what they are for?
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:02 PM   #4
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My boss just informed me a couple of days ago that squats with barbells are prohibited in our gym now. He said our members and our staff needs to use the smith machine for all squats. I hate the smith machine. Does anyone know if the smith machine is bad for your alignment? or anything else?
Is there any reasoning or justification for this craziness?
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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Re: Smith Machine?

Time for a new boss.
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I would laugh then berate someone who told me I couldn't squat. THen possbly a dry rub and a slow cooker.
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:57 PM   #7
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nah you wouldn't want to eat someone that doesn't squat - no meat on them!
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:35 AM   #8
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nah you wouldn't want to eat someone that doesn't squat - no meat on them!

Good point... and yes... time for a new boss.
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THats the point, they would be so tender, like veal.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:18 AM   #10
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Did you ask your boss why you weren't allowed to squat? This seems a little odd to me... I would assume you would have squat racks in your gym, right? If so, ask him what they are for?
Bicep curls. Obviously.
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