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10 Uses for a Smith Machine

Written on November 7, 2005 at 1:50 pm, by Eric Cressey

The Smith machine is the equipment parallel to High Intensity Training. On one hand, it’s been called more dirty names than Madonna on a trip to the Vatican. On the other hand, there are those who vehemently adhere to it in spite of the fact that it’s an inferior way to train.

I’m about as anti-machine a guy as you’ll ever meet, but I’m also open-minded enough to realize that as is the case with most things in life, the answer rests somewhere in the middle.

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2 Responses to “10 Uses for a Smith Machine”

  1. Arnt Says:

    hahaha loved that article 🙂 (even tho its old)

  2. Bourne Chase Says:

    As someone who appreciates humor by the inimitable Alan Arag0on such as this (I post as mtguy8787) — as this, for instance — http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=1951331&page=1

    And an all-state level deadlifter and all-American in the bench and power clean at age 18 as a AA Defensive End for the Bozeman Hawks in Montana, I appreciate this humor very much (smith machine, wtf. It’s called a power rack, grandpa. You paid the equivalent of 10 power racks for that thing? Wtf dude)

    I authored these Topic/Workout of the Week competition winning articles on bodybuilding.com at age 17-18 back in 2006/7, which was 1-2 years before getting a certified personal trainer (I know, I know, but it was through getting an 88 on the exam from the American College of Sports Medicine. But STILL… I’m about as anti cPT as a “credential” being thrown around as anyone) at age 19, and then moving on to other things after having 1 potential-but-never-happened client (my woodworking teacher in high school)


    Including the 2006 article “What is the best detox” — which now is the #1 result in google for “what is the best detox bodybuilding” and on the #2 page of google results when “what is the best detox” is searched.

    Anyways, HUGE fan (I started following you since “A Neanderthal No More” was written of yourself and Mike, and I actually wrote a post about this humor piece on the humor section of my own blog.

    A comment would be fantastic!

    Bourne Chase (aka mtguy8787) of internet fame here — http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=1002508


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