Smith machine bar
- 01-25-2011, 10:15 PM
Smith machine bar
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.
- 01-25-2011, 10:27 PM
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
- 01-25-2011, 10:39 PM
01-26-2011, 05:04 AM
You should probably just pretend it doesn't exist in your gym.
01-26-2011, 07:16 AM
I would have no way of doing squats
01-26-2011, 09:00 AM
the bar at my gym is 25lb on the smith
01-26-2011, 10:46 AM
01-26-2011, 06:32 PM
01-26-2011, 06:34 PM
Have you taken the bar off the machine to weigh it? The counterweights are going to reduce the reading otherwise.
01-26-2011, 07:36 PM
01-26-2011, 08:22 PM
01-29-2011, 03:19 PM
01-29-2011, 05:15 PM
well.. for one.. holding 100lb db isnt easy for me. for two, i squat more than 200lbs. ill stick to the smith machine.
01-29-2011, 05:23 PM
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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