BodyCraft Adjustable Smith Machines
The Benefits of Smith Machine Strength Training
Why is the unit seen in every health club called a smith machine? Over the past 25 plus years of being involved in the fitness equipment business and owner of www.fitnessrush.com, more than once I have pondered this question. My personal answer is perhaps the machine was originally designed to help the user perform most all exercises, and since Smith is a common American last name the inventor chose this name. No one in the fitness equipment industry, manufacturer, dealer, or end user, has been able to provide me a more educated answer so this is my firm belief.
My strength training days began in the mid 70’s and though the gym located in Jackson Mississippi, “Jo Go’s” was the only pure strength gym, a smith machine wasn’t part of the equipment line. If you needed a “bump” or assistance you politely requested one before your new “max”, or in extreme cases which seemed weekly yelled for one while stuck under the bar.
The first time I was introduced to the smith machine I knew all my previous max lifts would be broken and in short order. I initially used the smith machine to perform flat bench press, and was delighted to hit max lift within the first week though the smith machine felt a bit uncomfortable I knew this was a frequent occurrence with using new lines of equipment. The week after my personal max was beat I began experiencing shoulder pain and thought this was due to an increase in the bench press. This pain was endured for more than a year, and often I would have to work strictly with much lighter weight just to perform the movement.
As I watched Squats being performed on the smith machine I noticed the person had to place their feet far out in front of the bar in order not to put undue stress on the lower back and torso. The advantages of the smith machine are no spotter is required and the multiple hooks attached to the main bar enable the exerciser to stop at any position and get out from under the bar safely.
Though lunges have been attempted the fact that traditional smith machines go straight up and down attached guide rods do not allow the user to have a natural range of motion when performing the exercise. With this derogatory movement during lunges the user may have more negative results than positive.
Each of our joints which are involved in any strength movement performs the movement in an arc or round motion. Not a single joint when allowed to move freely and at maximum effort moves in a straight line. Each of us individually has different curves and arcs which help us be unique and strong in our individual world.
Every movement the smith machine was originally designed to assist in has a natural curve to perform optimally. I have only briefly spoken of a few of the exercises the smith machine can be of assistance. Others include shoulder press, trap raises, shrugs, bicep curls, forearm curls, virtually any movement when a user needs a barbell. Since I have been a certified Personal Trainer and have many friends in the industry who will adamantly debate me on the previous exercises performed properly, I will briefly explain that I also agree with them. I didn’t state the exercises were performed to the full advantage of the user, just that the smith machine was originally designed to perform them with assistance.
I personally quit using any smith machine, one that has straight up and down movement or an angle but continues to be straight line. Since I quit using the traditional smith machine my shoulder pain has ceased and my strength has grown though not without needing an occasional spotter on the max days.
Since www.fitnessrush.com has been a seller of commercial fitness equipment I have sold many used traditional smith machines and would not sell new ones. Even as customers phoned I would inform them of the negative results of a straight line movement. Gym owners sometimes have to provide their members with what they are requesting and though most have agreed with me to some degree about the smith machine they install the smith machine in their facility.
I believe had there been a better more anatomically correct option each smith machine purchaser would have made a more wise investment.
Thankfully there is now a manufacturer who is the first to introduce a better machine. BodyCraft a premier manufacturer of strength, and cardio fitness equipment here in the USA is now offering the “Jones” a superior version of the traditional smith machine.
The Jones smith machine is superior in the fact that all the previous safety features such as the bar hooks to allow the user to place the bar at any level they want to start or end is standard. The user for the first time ever has an opportunity to purchase the bar with a weight beginning with 25 pounds and therefore won’t need a counter balanced heavy machine. For the first time there are several versions of the smith machine, the BodyCraft Jones smith machine allowing the user to decide on a unit for residential, light commercial, or full commercial use.
Check out our site www.fitnessrush.com and click on the BodyCraft Jones and you will immediately understand why this unit will cause the traditional smith machine to be obsolete even as you read this.
The day we assembled the BodyCraft Jones on our showroom floor in Atlanta I began using the unit. I immediately knew this would be one of BodyCrafts premier strength result oriented machines. I began with front squats realizing if the BodyCraft Jones smith machine could allow me to perform this movement without having to put my feet out in front and stay posture perfect then the Jones would flow as well performing other exercises.
The 3D patented movement allowed me to place my feet directly underneath the bar as when I use the free bar in the BodyCraft power cage. I performed the movement with ease and the bar moved horizontally and vertically which was a total Fitness Rush. After a couple of reps I increased the weight and needless to say have performed all squatting movements from this machine since initial showroom installation. This is probably an advanced movement and one that requires the bar float even more since I only perform front squats.
I have also performed flat bench press, shoulder press without pain, and even bicep curls from the BodyCraft Jones smith machine. I’m confident with the BodyCraft multi purpose bench, leg curl/ leg extension attachment, and lat attachment, a user will be able to perform multiple movements exercising each body part efficiently, effectively, and most important when training, safely.
The obvious reason for the creation of the BodyCraft Jones smith machine was a true desire of BodyCraft to allow the user the safest and most result producing way to become healthier and stronger. I am a skeptic and will analyze any new piece of fitness equipment before recommending the unit to anyone. The BodyCraft Jones smith machine is not only one I recommend and sell via www.fitnessrush.com, this unit is one I use weekly, and love the results. Each of my lifts performed on the BodyCraft Jones have increased and that was not my original intent. I began using the machine like so many others just so that I could exercise without always needing a spotter. The BodyCraft Jones has allowed me to remove a few other benches since I can perform even more exercises properly within this unit safer.
For the Personal Trainer the BodyCraft Jones is a must have to insure correct movement from the client. The trainer can now load the unit and coach from the outside of the machine and watch for proper movement of the vertical and horizontal flow of the bar. The range of motion of the BodyCraft Jones is one definitely needed and each customer that has purchased the unit from www.fitnessrush.com has agreed the BodyCraft Jones smith machine is cutting edge in the fitness equipment world, and one sure to be copied over and over.
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