Last Updated on June 9, 2022 by MarcyPro
Free weight exercises are always going to be your bread and butter when you start your workout routine. However, never underestimate what a Smith Cage Machine can do for you. A Smith Machine can help you perform some exercises that are impossible to do with just barbells and dumbbells. Here are the three things you need to know if you own or want to purchase a smith machine.
Push Your Workout to the Max
One of the most important aspects of a smith machine is its ability to balance weight for you. For free weight lifting, a portion of the energy you expend is used by stabilizing muscles to balance your body. With a smith machine, you do not lose any energy to maintain balance, and you can focus your workout on the pressing and pulling of the weights.
You can perform more squats, rows, and presses with more weight on a smith machine than doing those routines with a free-weight bar. For example, a smith machine squat targets your legs better than a free weight squat because one spends a lot of energy in stabilizing themselves when squatting. However, many debate the strength training benefits of using a smith machine bar over a squat rack / power rack cage.
Improved Strength Techniques and Growth
Exercise machines help you improve overall to reach the next level of your fitness journey. The Smith Machine is the best equipment for muscle building because of the wide variety of stations available on the unit which provide a total body workout. For example, you can do cable crossovers, seated rows, lat pulldowns, and squats on a smith machine by Marcy. And, depending on the multi-functional Marcy Smith Machine you choose, you can do a lot more exercises on a single piece of equipment.
Confidence and Safety in Your Routine
The safety provided by a Smith Machine can give you the mental edge to remain confident during your workout. Smith machines include safety hooks which allow you to rack the smith bar with a simple twist of the bar. This mechanism to rack the bar along with the bar path set by the smith portion of the machine allows the user to easily escape a lift.
Marcy doesn’t carry commercial smith machines. However, the smith machines offered by Marcy are incredibly durable and last for years and years.
In addition to the safety mechanism built in the smith machine, the rest of the home gym also acts as a squat rack / Power Cage. Depending on the model, safety catches or safety stoppers are included to allow for safe free weight exercises. Because the catches are adjustable, you can set the vertical range of motion to where you’re comfortable. And, the solid square steel tubing ensure the durable frame will stand up to the test of time.
The multiple workouts a smith machine can offer make it a good fit in your home gym. We highly recommend checking out the specific features of each piece of home gym equipment. Many of Marcy’s home gyms have a variety of similarities, but they also have a lot of differences. For example, all smith machine home gyms are capable of bench presses, but do not have a pull up bar.
The various types of workouts available on a smith machine home gym will target various muscle groups so you can better achieve your fitness goals. Weight training is a slow process, always be sure to lift a comfortable amount of weight, and there is no need to rush your progress. If you’re looking for more equipment to add more variations to your weekly workout schedule, check MarcyPro.com!