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Smith machine bench press vs. bench press2666

DinFer22 private msg quote post Address this user
YO guys i just signed up for a gym and they have benched and smith machine benches. does it really matter which one i use. I cant use the normal bench because i dont have a spotter. Are both the same?????????
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IrishGymSheep private msg quote post Address this user
Nope not even slightly.

One puts you into a fixed ranged of motion the other is free weights.

In short you should never use a smith machine for anything, pretend it doesn't exist.
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JJ3065 private msg quote post Address this user
True that Irish. Balancing the bar on your own is key...I think thats true with almost anything in the lifting game. Machines have there place but the free weights are king
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DinFer22 private msg quote post Address this user
dammit. now what do i do..... do you think i could bench by my self. i usually do 8 reps which is failure.or is that to dangerous?
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JJ3065 private msg quote post Address this user
bench whatever amount is safe or just ask a rando to spot you.
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IrishGymSheep private msg quote post Address this user
Ask someone working in the gym to spot.
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DinFer22 private msg quote post Address this user
i guess.
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Neverbackdown19 private msg quote post Address this user
true that!
as much of a hassle it may be to not have a spotter, free bench press will definitely help you build a more solid chest. Especially just starting out, you'll develop the necessary stability skills which will help you out in the long run.

If it's a concern of safety, I don't think too many people will turn down a quick spot, rather than someone hurting themselves. I've never seen anyone get rejected from asking politely for a quick spot dude!
Meet some new friends at your gym!
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DinFer22 private msg quote post Address this user
ok thanks bro. LOl all the people in my gym are like in their 20s or 30s. am just 15.lol. but i just joined.
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Popeye25 private msg quote post Address this user
i like doin db press so i dnt need a spotter
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DinFer22 private msg quote post Address this user
i tried that but the brabell worked better for me.
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OptimusPrime private msg quote post Address this user
Machines are for rehab.
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misstown private msg quote post Address this user
they both work the chest so use both to keep mixing it up.
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