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    1. masoven4u

      masoven4u Well-Known Member

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      At the moment I have been forced to use a smith machine I'm just wondering how much you should take off your smith machine to compare it to your bench press.

      I looked and the bar is 11kg and I loaded 20,20,10,10,5,5 (70) on today and did x 5 rep's which seems good for myself especailly as I'm eating hardly anything cuttnig and getting no slepe with stress!

      What does this amount actually equate to? I kinda figured it's around 81kg maybe -1kg for stability?

      So did I really do 5 x 80kg bench press? My PB for x1 is 80kg so can I be happy!


      What are the actual differences I've heard that the bench is better on your shoulders because of movement and you also train stabilizing muscles, is there anything else?
       
    2. suighja

      suighja Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      Whos forcing u to use the smith machine, i think u ought to tell the gym owner as i think that may be classed as bullying
       
    3. Berny

      Berny Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      I can lift more on a smith machine. I wouldn't compare them mate. Just set a pb for a smith machine if you're that bothered.
       
    4. Brenner

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      It's the gym owner who's forcing it, as he did a part exchange on the bench press for some machines... I know....

      I'm sure there going to be a number you can knock of to find your real bench press, I like to know how much I can really bench press but don't have access to one at the moment.
       
    5. jailynn24hb

      jailynn24hb Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      hopefully for a power rack, if not, he requires some form of slappage
       
    6. Canellesao

      Canellesao Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      They are two different exercises. Very similar granted, but not the same so can't really be compared. I don't understand why you would need to either tbh.

      Even if the was some sort of formula it would vary from machine to machine.
       
    7. jailynn24hb

      jailynn24hb Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      And probably from person to person too.
       
    8. vergeeld

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      It was for the smith machine. I was about to argue about it and then just thought I'd rather respect his choice as it's his gym!
       
    9. casse

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      I don't count the bar when i use a smith.
       
    10. crormaSoila18

      crormaSoila18 Well-Known Member

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      Bench press vs Smith Machine

      Only way to know what you're flat benching with free weights is to flat bench with free weights mate. I'd be annoyed if my gym got rid of it's bench. Have you looked at new ones?
       

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