Smith Machine for Incline Bench

Discussion in 'Commercial Equipment' started by bosbik, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. bosbik

    bosbik New Member

    Hi!

    I just want to ask if it's alright to use the smith machine to do an incline bench press?

    the gym I'm currently at does have a fixed incline bench but the incline is too high and hits my shoulders more.. it's inclined at about 30 degrees.. [​IMG]

    thanks
     
  2. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    I would quit using it the moment I experienced ANY pains in the shoulders. It's not as good as bench anyway, regardless of it's impending problems. Do a search and you'll find a few advocates of smiths, and many antagonists, often with injuries, or just less hypertrophy.
    Can you grow on them? Yes.

    I'd prefer to incline a flat bench the the angle I wanted, and use DB's.
     
  3. bgates1654

    bgates1654 New Member

    I'd rather use a 30 degree incline bench than the smith machine. As a matter of fact the incline benches at the gym I go to are all 45 degrees.
     
  4. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    If it's a choice between too high of an incline or a smith machine, I'd have to go with flat bench.
     
  5. bosbik

    bosbik New Member

    thanks guys...thanks for the input..if I go for the flat bench what could I do to work my upper pecs?

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  6. UFGatorDude30

    UFGatorDude30 New Member

    I've switched to flat bench this cycle from doing incline last cycle, and no noticed no decrease in my upper chest mass. I would think flat would still hit your upper somewhat, and enough to still get gains up there.
     
  7. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    <div>
    (bosbik @ Jul. 30 2007,09:41)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">thanks guys...thanks for the input..if I go for the flat bench what could I do to work my upper pecs?

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    Inclined DB presses. The best.
     
  8. bosbik

    bosbik New Member

    cool advice..thanks much guys!. [​IMG]
     
  9. hark

    hark New Member

    IMO Smith Machine & pre-locked Incline benches have too high of an angle. At my gym, they're at like a 45-60 degree angle and I think that for most people, that puts a lot of tension the shoulders.

    I personally use the adjustable benches, and set them to 30 degrees whilst using dumbbells for my incline bench. Haven't looked back, have gotten great gains in my chest.
     

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