The 6 Worst Mistakes Your Trainer Is Telling You To Do
Don’t compromise your physique or risk injury by following empty training advice. Find out the 6 worst mistakes your trainer might be telling you!
4. Avoid the Smith Machine
Plainly said, the functional-minded trainer has so much difficulty comprehending why anyone would work inside a Smith machine. The fixed plane of the bar is too limiting; they can’t grasp why anyone would want to work in a Smith when everything on the machine can be done in a power rack or open space with free weights.
Here’s why. Similar to our discussion on balance training being taken too far out of context, machine avoidance is simply ridiculous. Isolating a muscle with leg extensions or preacher curls, or what’s arguably the greatest invention in the gym — the Smith machine — is absolutely worthwhile. Truth be told, sometimes you don’t want to worry about balance, but need to just focus 100% on overloading the muscle(s). The simple fact that the free-weight counterpart can be done doesn’t mean it always should be.
The long and the short of this point is that the Smith machine provides safety and the opportunity to remove stabilizers from the equation on compound exercises when simple fiber overload is the principle goal. No more, no less. Working on a Smith shouldn’t be grounds for patron removal. Should free weights be replaced with machines? Of course not. But the best minds in the gym understand the relevance of the Smith and can cogently incorporate it into a “balanced” repertoire.