10 Uses for a Smith Machine

About the Author: 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.

I’ll be the first to admit that if I was to outfit a training center tomorrow, I wouldn’t put a Smith machine in it. Beyond the obvious injury risks associated with a fixed line of motion on the exercises people normally perform on this machine, it just makes no sense financially.

Why spend $1,200 on a coat rack when I could buy one at Wal-Mart for $19.99 and use the leftover cash to pick up a glute-ham raise, some Jump-Stretch bands, and surprise TC with that Russian mail order bride he’s coveted for so long?

Unfortunately, it’s a moot point, as many gym-owners have already made their purchase and devoted precious floor space to it. That’s not to say, however, that we can’t work with the situation and make lemonade out of rotten lemons. With that said, here are ten ways to make the Smith machine eyesore more attractive

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