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  1. vincent80 Blue Belt

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    I have someone who is giving me a smith machine

    Edit: nvm I found my answer

    New question: Are they effective? or should Injust wait and get a squat rack?
     
  2. rckvl Blue Belt

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    Get a squat rack.
     
  3. scoopj ackson

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    Squat rack > Shirley machine
     
  4. hunto Brown Belt

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    They're effective.
     
  5. turbozed Red Belt

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    Shirley, you can't be serious?

    They'll do for the meanwhile. Then I'd trade it for a power rack.
     
  6. PowerHungry Oh yeah!

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    I'll be Frank.

    He doesn't need it.

    And don't call me Shirley.
     
  7. Endo o hai!

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    ^^^ Shirley

    Take it. Sell it. Buy a real rack.
     
  8. vincent80 Blue Belt

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    So...

    power rack>squat rack>smith machine

    Ideally I'd want a power rack?
     
  9. scoopj ackson

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    Yes, correct. Or a cage.
     
  10. cmonreally Green Belt

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    powercleaning the bar and doing front squats is much more effective than a smith machine. take the smith machine, sell it, and buy a squat rack.
     
  11. Endo o hai!

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    ^^^ I disagree.
     
  12. cmonreally Green Belt

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    what's your oppinion on it?
     
  13. Endo o hai!

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    Pretty much the opposite of what you said. :icon_lol:
     
  14. cmonreally Green Belt

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    have you ever tried squating in a smith machine? i found it really awkward and it kinda hurt me. Lots of people have had great gains doing no backsquats and lots of front squats.
     
  15. SocraticMethod Kingmaker

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    This. Post it on Craigslist. In your post mention how safe it is, and how it won't lead to back injuries like dangerous free squatting. Tell them that to get fit, they should invest in their safety.

    While you're waiting to sell it, you can use it for chins and to hang up your dry cleaning, though.
     
  16. Morganation Brown Belt

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    Agreed.Smiths are useless.
     
  17. kicker Orange Belt

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    Better than nothing. When it is free it is the best, still you can do a bunch of exercises there. With adjustable bench all larger muscle groups can be worked.
    Squat, bench, press, deadlift, rows and all variations of this exercises.
     
  18. cmonreally Green Belt

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    can you take the barbell out of the rest of the smith machine and then sell the smith machine to a scrap metal place?
     
  19. ExtremeStandard Yellow Belt

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    These machines regardless of what machine you choose to use, you can substitute another free weight exercise for it these machines put an unnatural path of motion for your muscles to follow. There is little to no stabilization needed to do the exercises thus creating a weaker routine in the long run when you decide to upgrade to more dynamic free weight routines.
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  20. Gierrod Blue Belt

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    Sell the shirley and get a rack or cage.
     

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