Smith Machine for Incline Bench

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

  1. bosbik

    bosbik New Member


    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]

  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?

  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

    (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?

    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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