If you are doing a heavy leg day and don't have access to a spotter or a rack would you...
A. Squat heavy using the Smith machine
B. Go heavy using the Leg Press machine
Do you not have a squat rack where you can set the pins to catch the weight if you are unable to finish the rep?
Unfortunately not. Church gym with a lot of machines and free weights but no rack.
If those are the only choices, then I would say C. Smith machine squatting is better than no squatting IMO and you don't need a spotter to leg press heavy.
Thanks for the input that's kind of what I was thinking.
I would say B, because when doing Smith Squats your body does not move in the natural Squat arch,:squat: setting you up for injuries.
Tell me about it...my local gym only has a smith machine for squats and it kills my love of squatting. Plus it just plain feels weird.Originally Posted by Mach .78
I only use the smith machine for squatting when I'm supersetting it with something else like hack squats and then just repping out on smith with my feet forward. Do you guys think the same thing is true about front squatting on a smith machine, because that seems like a better option if you just have a smith and no rack?
That's better. I like to do one legged lunges on the Smith alternating feet forward. I wouldn't Squat heavy with it though.Originally Posted by rpen22
I do my front Squats on the Smith, it's simply much easier to hold the bar in place and really focus on the legs. Like Mach though, I'd never heavy squat on that thing.
front squats or lunges on smith, heavy leg press.. if that is your only options.
Or you can go for option X... go to a new gym.
Heavy Front squats on the smith machine and heavy leg presses. Also heavy barbell step ups are great as well.
I read somewhere where the Belgian squatters do mostly heavy step ups in preparation for World Class Squats.
I read that same article and now I do HEAVY step ups and love em, the gym i work for has an adjustable step up bench which is VERY useful for these. Don't shy away from heavy weights on these 200lbs+ is good.
How about one legged exercises, they challenge the body, use low weight, prevent muscle imbalances, and are easy to do. I love me some one legged leg press and one legged quad ext puts a way different spin on the whole dealy.
I've actually squatted heavy on a smith before, and I DO NOT recommend it. My knees and back were tweaked for about 2 weeks... I'd just squat moderate on the smith and then some heavy leg presses, or take option x as mentioned earlier.
Thanks for the input guys. Yeah, heavy squats on a Smith machine does not feel natural. Actually, even front and 1 legged squats don't feel right.
I don't mean to freak anyone out here...but a guy tried heavy squats on the smith at our gym once and busted. Only thing is he didn't set any blockers or anything to catch the weight and it flew down crushing his ankles and shifting them 90 degrees to the side. I almost threw up when I saw it.
You guys have probably all seen Pumping Iron. Remember the part where Arnold and his buddy(forget his name) are doing heavy squats and his buddy just collapses/passes out, with some heavy weight on his shoulders? I was like Holy . That's some intensity right there. Arnold used to throw up when he did legs, from what I've heard.
lol- I dont remember a guy passing out WITH the weights on his shoulders,.. I thought it was right after he racked his weights.