The Smith Machine is a common fixture at most well equipped gyms. Judging from the long line usually found around the machine its ubiquity should not be a surprise; it is a popular piece of equipment.
So why do so many fitness aficionados flock to this muscle building machine? The primary benefits are improved stability and balance, a more efficient workout, and increased muscle isolation.
The benefit most often cited is it feels safer to bench without a spotter while using the Smith machine.
Benefits of smith machine
Focus on form
Squat machine brings a lot to the exercise table. Using it can maximize your workout and minimize injury because the balanced racks allow you to focus on form as well as stability.
When you are benching heavy weights stability is obviously a priority. Not only do you want to avoid the embarrassment of falling, you also want to avoid letting a wayward weight pull your body out of alignment. Because the bar goes up and down rather than forward and back or in a more unwieldy motion you need not worry about falling or straining forward. The result, more controlled movements. The locked bar means better form.
Reduce likelihood of injury
Using the equipment helps you to avoid some of the injuries associated with free squats. Again, improved stability also means you are less likely to hurt yourself.
Stay safer without a spotter
machine uses rods to stabilize the barbells. Because the weight is balanced, the danger of runaway barbells is minimized. In short, that means the Smith gives you the confidence to challenge yourself with fewer risks to your safety.
Many users of the Smith Assisted Squat machine take advantage of the support to bench more. Yes, you can challenge yourself but do so wisely. Give yourself time to build confidence and strength as you increase your weight load.