Was working on the barbell flat bench today and a guy told me I should use the smith instead; reason being I could load on more weight and do my reps safely. I was using a spotter.
I've never even considered the smith. Don't use machines in general.
Is this a viable alternative? Am I giving anything up by using the machine? I like the idea of not having to ask people to spot me on the bench...but other than that I am leery of this idea.
Any experience out there?