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    Which out of the following exercises is better to do in a Smythe?

    decline barbell press, military presses, upright rows, squats, reverse grip bench presses, close grip bench presses, and barbell bent-over row?

    //Size

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    Originally posted by Size View Post
    Which out of the following exercises is better to do in a Smythe?

    decline barbell press, military presses, upright rows, squats, reverse grip bench presses, close grip bench presses, and barbell bent-over row?

    //Size
    Wouldn't it depend on what muscle you're trying to train?

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    • #3
      What do you mean by better?

      It depends on your goals and a lot of other factors.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Size View Post
        Which out of the following exercises is better to do in a Smythe?

        decline barbell press, military presses, upright rows, squats, reverse grip bench presses, close grip bench presses, and barbell bent-over row?

        //Size
        Depends on how big your vagina is.
        Heavy squats fix everything.

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        • #5
          I kid, I kid!
          Usually I do try to stay away from smith machine exercises all together because of the lack of involvement of stabilizer muscles, but when pushing to failure without a spotter, such as in DC they can be a valuable tool.
          That being said any and all of the exercises you listed can be done in a smith, but I would consider the fact that with upright rows and bent over rows, you can easily get out of the way of the weight if you have to without being in a smith machine.
          Dante actually says you SHOULD do CGBP in one also.
          Heavy squats fix everything.

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          • #6
            Out of that list the only one I think is truly better in a smith is a reverse grip bench, simply because the fixed bar pattern is actually a plus in this case and I don't feel safe doing free weight reverse grip no matter what the scenario is (spotter or not).
            Disclaimer: I am not a DC trainee/expert/guru/coach, anything I say is purely my opinion based on experience and research I've read

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            • #7
              Any of them could be deemed the "better choice" depending on the situation. Maybe it's a safety issue while training alone, maybe it's due to needing a replacement excercise during your blast, maybe the stabilization of using the smith helps to work around an injury.....
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