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Old 01-14-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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This is a really interesting slideshow on the least effective exercises and how to do them more effectively. What do you think?

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercis...tive-exercises

I'm especially interested in what you think about what they say about the Smith Machine.

I know there'll be widespread support for number 7 (slide 14)...
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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When I looked into getting a home gym, I looked into and read more about smith machines at which point I decided they were a bad idea. Smith machines only allow you to move along one plane of access which can cause injury. Also they don't allow you to use supporting stabilization muscles.

I know there have been some new smith machines that allow you to work on 2 axises which helps some but generally something that allows you to move freely, such as using a cage, is probably the best bet.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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Very interesting. I had been guilty of the too deep leg press issue, and now that I've stopped, my knees no longer hurt. Imagine that!

As for slide #13, people reading on the cardio machines drive me crazy! I'm working so hard I can barely breath and you're thinking this is a library? Three words for those folks: Audiobooks or Podcasts!
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:57 PM   #4
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My gym does not have room for a squat rack but yet they have a smith machine. It bugs me. I said something to an employee my first day.
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