My chest has been a lagging body part for some time. I know that the reason for its' growing slower than my other groups is that I can't go as heavy to failure on my major two lifts (Flat & Incline Bench Pressing). They say "Do what you've always done and you'll get what you've always gotten," so I'm going to try and mix it up.
I want to go as heavy as possible and not worry about getting trapped under a weight if I can't squeeze out that last, forced rep. My gym hires teenage girls who I wouldn't trust to leg press my weights, and I'm only ever in there with geriatrics or curl bros who couldn't help me any more than the teeny bopper, so I haven't been able to just grab someone handy and have them spot me. That's not really my style either.
Would I be better off doing my heavy sets on a Smith machine or on a standard chest press machine? I'm planning to use these as a massive pre-exhaust then get back under the bar for some higher volume/lower intensity work. My gym also has Hammer strength incline and flat press if they would be superior. Sound good?