Smith Machines have been around in the fitness industry for a while now and have grown in popularity over the years, as they are a reliable and easy to use piece of equipment. Whether you are looking at packing some muscle on, losing those love handles or just maintaining a good level of fitness, Smith Machines are excellent for developing strength and giving you a great physique.
Smith Machines come with a multitude of benefits and can replace many types of exercise equipment, so it’s no wonder their demand has increased among people looking to train from home without a lot of big bulky machines taking over their house and living areas. Let’s look into the top five benefits of using a Smith Machine for a total body workout.
1: A COMPLETE ALL IN 1 MACHINE
A good quality Smith Machine has the ability to replace many pieces of exercise equipment, saving you money, time and space. Smith Machines will generally come with an adjustable bench, lat pull-down attachments, and a back row attachment, with a cable crossover as a bonus. Using these attachments and bench you are able to target nearly every muscle group in your upper body. This combined with a Smith system with linear bearing means you have a total upper and lower body exercise machine.
2: SUPPORT FOR SQUATTING
We see this exercise performed in every gym and it has long been know that squatting is an essential exercise that will build great toned legs and improve your fitness and overall strength. For those with bad knees or a recent injury, squatting can sometimes prove to be a painful exercise to perform, and this is where the Smith Machine comes in.
The mechanics of a Smith Machine allow you to move a barbell attached to two guide poles using a linear bearing system. The barbell is supported in two plains, vertical and horizontal. Confused? Let me explain: when you squat the barbell moves up and down the guide poles to ensure the barbell and your body remain in a straight up and down movement, without twisting or bending.
This added support allows you to have a stable squat movement reducing pressure on your knees, back and joints. The Smith Machine supports you in the squat position, allowing you to concentrate on completing the exercise rather than worrying about the bar falling onto you or twisting the wrong way.
3: RACK THE BAR AT ANY STAGE OF THE EXERCISE
A Smith Machine barbell has two hooks permanently attached to it. These hooks are used to support the barbell on guide rods that are attached to the machine. When you are not exercising the hooks sit on the guide rods and support the weight of the barbell, allowing you to rest in between sets.
When performing an exercise it is important to push your muscle to maximum effort (without injuring yourself). This will create micro tears in the muscle, and when you rest the body rebuilds the tears and builds extra muscle fibres, thus making you stronger.
A Smith Machine allows you to push yourself until failure, which is what you want in order to maximize growth, strength and fat burning. Once you reach that last rep a simple twist of the wrist will allow you to hook the bar onto the guide rods and the weight is then supported, allowing you to rest.
4: NO ROPES + NO PULLEYS = NO PROBLEMS
A Smith Machine works on very basic mechanical principals by using the weight on the barbell and simple gravity to perform a certain exercise. The benefit of this is you don’t require the complicated pulleys, cables or other components found on a typical home gym. The elimination of these components makes a Smith Machine easier to use and reduces the need to replace any broken cables or pulleys.
That being said, a good quality Smith Machine will come with a form of cable crossover or pulley system; don’t let this put you off as generally the cable system on these machines is simplified and built with quality.
5: A GOOD FITNESS INVESTMENT
Finally, a Smith Machine is a fantastic fitness investment. If you are looking to purchase a Smith Machine for use in your home, you will be purchasing a machine that can replace up to ten different pieces fitness equipment, all in one compact machine. Think of the time and money, along with space, it can save you!
There are many other benefits of using Smith Machines that could be mentioned, but these are the top five. So get out there, set yourself goals and work towards achieving them using a Smith Machine. Results can take time, but training with a Smith Machine will ensure you can train hard every time, and hard work = results!