Sunday, November 30, 2008

Squatting With A Smith Machine

Occasionally, people will ask me what I think about squatting in a smith machine. This video pretty much sums up my opinion on the matter.

'Nuff said.

Okay, okay. Yes, there are situations where using a smith machine would be a smart idea such as some rehabilitation applications involving partial ranges of motion, trying to overload specific ranges of motion, etc.


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Unknown said...

This goes in line with Rippetoe's empirical result:

'If it's too heavy to squat a weight below parallel, it's too heavy for your back'

Really very pathetic what happened to the kid.

Aaron Friday said...

Wow! That was pretty dumb.

Boris T said...

I agree, and I might have to steal that video off you.

Every time I see someone on the Smith Machine I think that this will happen.

Boris said...

Thanks for checking in everyone. I just hope the kid wasn't really hurt.

Fatman said...

LOL... the title reads "this guy is too strong for us mere mortals". How very ironic.

Smith machine squats (and other exercises) are pretty much useless. Although I use them for shrugs sometimes, as the ROM is very short.