Smith squat vs free squat

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  1. tqpolo

    tqpolo ***** Platinum Member OT Supporter

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    I was wondering if there's a disadvantage of using the Smith squat over the free squat. Also do you still count the weight of the bar when doing the Smith squat? I feel that the bar is support somewhat by the structure that it feels alot lighter than if I hold the bar alone.
     
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    I won't say they're total shit but... Anyway, it's bad for your knees and back and everything else.
     
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    Do whatever is comfortable. Free squats promote the working of stabilizer muscles more off than smith squats.
     
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    tqpolo ***** Platinum Member OT Supporter

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    I'm new to squatting and only started for 2 weeks. I'm more comfortable using the Smith because of the safety of the rail but worry that it may not be as effective as free squat.
     
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    I would definetly learn to do them without being in the smith machine.
     
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    Dr. Zoidberg the lovable tramp

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    i do both, depending on which gym i decide to go to on a particular day.. i find the free squats to be easier, and a much better range of motion. the smith squats i feel like i'm fighting the rack half the time

    and the smith machine is about 20 or 25 pounds lighter than a free bar.
     
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    Dr. Zoidberg the lovable tramp

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    you could always power clean the weight and do front squats without a rack at all :eek5:
     
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    I think 110 is pretty good :o
     
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    I started off with the smith machine, wasn't really helpful, pretty much started over new when I started doing real squats. A spotter is always good.
     
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    Perhaps :o

    Or else I feel pretty good about being able to do 100 :o
     
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    Following the advice of F&N I went straight for free weight squats
    now that Ive got form down cant say I regret it and never even tought about trying the smith :dunno:
     
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    stay away from squatting on a smith machine, there is a much higher chance of you hurting yourself on one
     
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    i hurt myself on the smith machine. Its a piece of shit. Free weights>all
     
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    how does it hurt you?
     
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    Smith squats seem to have very little to no carryover to proper squats :hs:
     
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    start with lighter weights and try to switch to free squats. "You have to crawl before you can walk.."
     
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    i had my ex get on the smith to work on her squat form. she had problems with the barbell and had her get on the smith to get the form down. i thought it would help so she can feel and became familar with how squatting down should feel like.
     
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