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    I was at the gym today, and for some reason I wanted to know how much their smith machine bar weighed. I weighed one at the last gym it was 15lbs. I think alot are around that range. Anyhow.. I asked the guy who works there.. who was in the middle of helping a guy get set up on a training routine.. what he thought.

    This dumbass says.. I dunno, about 55 lbs? I said really man? That cant be right.. he replied with .. well the regular bench bar is 45, and this has these glides attached to it. So about 55, but I'll check into it.

    Now this guy is probably mid to late 30's, maybe early 40s. decent body, looks like hes been training for alot of years, but I couldnt beleive this idiot said that. If I was thinking slower, I would have said something like..

    Hey, do you think I can hold 55lbs up with two fingers? as I held the smith machine bar up... but instead I just went back to my workout.

    Anyhow, I'm bringing a scale to work tomorrow and weighing it. Unbelievable.

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    I would assume 15 lbs. Every gym I've been to is 15. I would call it 15 and be not worry to much. Any increase in strength like a 20lb jump will still help you track progress
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    i would say around that
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    You should probably just pretend it doesn't exist in your gym.
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    I would have no way of doing squats
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    the bar at my gym is 25lb on the smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipes View Post
    I would have no way of doing squats
    I am sorry. My sympathy goes to you my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntornado View Post
    You should probably just pretend it doesn't exist in your gym.
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    Have you taken the bar off the machine to weigh it? The counterweights are going to reduce the reading otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipes View Post
    I would have no way of doing squats
    There is no barbells at your gym?
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    Quote Originally Posted by russy_russ View Post
    Have you taken the bar off the machine to weigh it? The counterweights are going to reduce the reading otherwise.
    i was just going to weigh me, then weigh me with the bar on my shoulders.

    Quote Originally Posted by ntornado View Post
    There is no barbells at your gym?
    There are, but they max out at 100lbs.
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    then do DB squats and lunges
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    well.. for one.. holding 100lb db isnt easy for me. for two, i squat more than 200lbs. ill stick to the smith machine.
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    Damn - I thought it was a 45 pound bar too but I don't use Smithie too much at all. Occasionally I'll use it to do those "guillotine" style flat bench presses and bring the bar to my throat for a good stretch on my pecs ... but that's the only time I really use it.

    Also - I squat over 300 lbs with a barbell. You must mean you are doing "front" squats? I don't do those but yeah - they might be easier on a smithie.
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