Which leads me to this weeks NEW videos, as I get my Smith Machine on. I had some amazing results doing various deadlift exercises with the Smith Machine that I was doing with dumbbells because I didn't have an Olympic bar, and here they are ...
Smith Machine Straight Leg Deadlift
I was actually surprised at the burn I got from doing these. Yes I realize that the track is going to make my stamina suffer, but since I still do dumbbell straight leg and regular deadlifts these are good for building some extra power.
Smith Machine Squats
Just because my disks have regenerated don't mean that squats aren't a dangerous idea for me. They are and I don't fool around with free standing squats. Sue me. I get all of my stamina issues worked out with the deadlifts, where dropping the weights is always an option.
Smith Machine Romanian Deadlift
These were also shocking like the straight leg deadlifts. I could really assert some power without worrying about back and stamina issues. Since I still do the dumbbell versions, I have my stamina covered.
Smith Machine Calf Raise
I'm sure someone is going to say that you need to do these free standing too but I have never found the benefit of doing calf raises away from a Smith Machine so I never really tried. I use the feet of a bench for my toes instead of a couple of weights because it is a HELL of a lot more stable.
And now a couple of other leg exercises while we are on it ...
In Place Dumbbell Lunges
These are probably the most underutilized gold mines of leg development. Any form of lunges will work all of your leg muscles and should be a staple in your routine. These are how you do them if you have limited space.
In Place Barbell Lunges
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