Smith machine deadlift ?
- 05-28-2009, 04:43 PM
Smith machine deadlift ?
I live in a quiet , little , redneck , mountain town and my options are unfortunately quite limited . The only gym in this county has but one squat rack and that is usually a long wait for which I usually dont have time and some people get bitchy when I pull their bar off the rack to deadlift . So I have just not been keeping deads in my routine . However the gym and the small workout room where I work both have quality Smith machines and I hate having the top heavy , chicken-leg syndrome , so would it be worth my time to do deads on SM or will I just wind up hurting myself ? Feedback appreciated fo sho .
- 05-28-2009, 05:06 PM
- 05-28-2009, 05:22 PM
I'd have to imagine it won't work out very well because, like Guejsn said, there is a restricted plane of movement. HOWEVER, that's only a problem if it hurts/feels odd when you do the smith deads. So, you can try it out, nice and light, and just see how it goes.
05-28-2009, 05:32 PM
05-28-2009, 07:42 PM
05-28-2009, 08:42 PM
05-28-2009, 09:40 PM
Just adding my two cents, I have no choice but to do deadlifts on the smith machine since I'm currently deployed. I have no problem doing them, however, once you get the weight up you have to take a step forward to get a good motion when you go down or else you may wind up injuring your back. I can't go real heavy on the smith machine, but I can still get some good deads in.
05-28-2009, 10:04 PM
Maybe try glute ham raises.
05-28-2009, 10:27 PM
05-28-2009, 10:31 PM
And if you want to be building up your legs, then doing squats (front, back, etc.), lunges, leg press (high and low feet), calf raises, should do soemthing at building them up. However, remember that your DIET will determine whether or not you gain mass as well.
But do what you think is best for you; after all, it's your body.
05-29-2009, 01:35 AM
In all honestly good ol' deadlifts or rack deads are the best.
But I wouldn't say smith machine deads are pointless. I tried them years ago, and once you get used to the "plane issue" they actual work the lower back good. I only tried them b/c at the time i was having lower back issues, and I read some where Troy Alves used this exercise to hit his back without getting the lower back pain/injury regular deadlifts gave him. I used them for a little while then after my back healed up, I dropped them for regular deads. If you do use it, the key is to let the lower back do all the work, and dont let your legs lift the weight.
05-29-2009, 01:39 AM
05-29-2009, 04:16 AM
umm take a barbell and use it infront of the smith machine there should be that much room. cuz there has to be that much room
05-30-2009, 11:29 PM
For the legs, do front squats or lunges on SM. You can push pretty heavy, and not have the balance issue from free weight.
05-31-2009, 01:49 PM
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