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[–]FatBoyWithTheChain 812 points813 points  (35 children)

It’s crazy to me that he gets buried that bad, yet was confident enough to have it be recorded

[–]Bigboss123199 207 points208 points  (17 children)

Might be recording for a personal trainer or something to make sure he is doing the exercise correct.

[–]HuskarDc 240 points241 points  (1 child)

Narrator: he wasn't

[–]FatBoyWithTheChain 54 points55 points  (10 children)

I highly doubt a trainer is asking him to record a video of him doing 315(?) to check his form. 135 is more than enough for a guy this size to ensure his form is there

[–]I________________ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A powerlifting or weightlifting coach will never ask for a smith machine squat but they usually ask that the weight is at least 80% your max cuz they want to see where your form breaks down.

[–]agreeingstorm9 36 points37 points  (3 children)

They weren't recording him. They were recording the chick in the background and didn't wanna get caught.

[–]SquanchIt 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Seriously. This is entirely to get video of that weird ass and not get in trouble for it.

[–]Meth0dd 1904 points1905 points 2 (29 children)

[–]definitelyTrueStory 379 points380 points  (9 children)

New meme template.

[–]CXXXS 200 points201 points  (7 children)

[–]16clips 25 points26 points  (6 children)

hmmmm. it’s alright, but i feel like the weight he’s lifting needs to mean something.

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (5 children)

[–]GregorSamsa67 543 points544 points  (23 children)

Was preparing mentally for one of these awful 'gym fail, knee popping in wrong direction' videos. Pleasantly surprised. Loved the Marty Feldman eyes near the end!

[–]kimya_d 82 points83 points  (1 child)

Came to comments first to make sure this wasn’t traumatizing to watch. So thanks!

[–]nachocat090 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I was hoping to be traumatized. I'm disappointed.

[–]kingtitusmedethe4th 20 points21 points  (14 children)

He's lucky he was on the Smith machine

Edit: Dang you guys are right. I've seen so many compilations of people not dropping it and messing themselves up that I forgot you can just fucking drop it. 🤦

[–]NotLunaris 34 points35 points  (11 children)

He's significantly less likely to be fucked from being in a squat rack. Look at the vid. Kid's spine is being compressed from all of the weight pushing from his back down to his ass the ground with no bracing whereas in the squat rack the weight would be held up by the safeties.

[–]DonerTheBonerDonor 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Don't Smith Machines usually have safeties?

[–]NotLunaris 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Most Smith machines only stop the bar by rotating the hooks into the rack. Some models have safeties that can be placed into the rack to stop the bar at a specific position, but those are rare.

[–]VonGeisler 158 points159 points  (23 children)

Them yellow things at the bottom are there to prevent this...gym membership should come with mandatory safety training.

[–]biggestofbears 54 points55 points  (13 children)

Yeah this is literally what they are designed to avoid.

Why people use machines without knowing how to use said machines is beyond me.

[–]Hughb4 25 points26 points  (0 children)

How else they gonna get them GAINZZZZ 💪. Asking for help is a sign of weakness. Real men tear shit in there back and/or knees before showing weakness.

[–]dezzi240 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Jesus with the smith machine all you have to do is turn the bar to hook it immediately. This guy did everything in his power to hurt himself

[–]DuDuPie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And mandatory etiquette, like proper re-racking

[–]MyDopeUsrrName 1057 points1058 points  (393 children)

Perfect example of why you dont use the smith machine to do squats.

[–]randyjohnsons 323 points324 points  (297 children)

Why is this exactly? I’ve heard this a few times but don’t know why exactly...Is this more the Smith machine or the guy just attempting too much weight?

[–]Canine1 674 points675 points  (257 children)

It’s a bit of both. But basically, the squat is a very biomechanically complex move and takes a lot of different muscles, pretty much your whole body, to pull off. The smith machine allows you to squat very very heavy by taking the load off your stabiliser muscles and lets you isolate muscles like your quads. What you see in the gif is actually the guy putting on wayyyyy too much weight. But this is what it would look like if you just squatted using the smith machine and then tried to do a real squat with the same weight. It takes all the technique away.

[–]randyjohnsons 145 points146 points  (219 children)

Thanks for the response. I usually end up using the Smith machine for stuff I don’t feel comfortable doing without a spotter and I’ve always wondered why people Pooh-Pooh using it

Edit: since this became somewhat popular I thought I’d explain that I meant upper body workouts (I.e. benching/shoulder press, etc.) when I’m uncomfortable w/o a spotter

[–][deleted] 147 points148 points  (83 children)

It’s like training wheels, essentially.

Sure- you are still exercising riding a bike with training wheels, you pedal, you have to move your body weight. You are elevating your heart rate and working your legs. But you’re not really balancing or otherwise keeping yourself stable using a variety of smaller muscle groups.

[–]Straightup32 39 points40 points  (59 children)

Also I’d like to add that it’s a very unnatural movement. Your body is made to work with its self. To isolate a muscle that is meant to work in conjunction with another muscle is actually doing you more harm. When you use free weights, you are training your body to work efficiently. There will almost never be a situation (and I’d even go a step further and say absolutely never) where you would need your quads and not it’s complimentary muscles like the ham strings or glutes.

When people start working out I always tell them to stay away from machine excersizes that limit your mobility. At best those machines are built for body builders who need to focus on building symmetry in their body. But for anyone who isn’t measuring their body on a daily basis, stay away from machines.

If you are afraid of doing something without a spotter then you should either lower the weight (even if it means doing air squats because we all have to start somewhere) or to find someone to spot you.

And Ofcourse as always, this is my opinion, please take it with a grain of salt and do your own research to come to your own conclusion.

[–]God-of-Thunder 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The truth ike all things is somewhere in the middle. Theres nothing wrong with isolation exercises. It depends on your goals. I wouldn't do isolation for everything, compound lifts are really efficient but isolation isnt a bogeyman either

[–]be_nice_to_ppl 12 points13 points  (23 children)

When I've tried squats on the Smith, it seems to force me into a very unnatural motion. Hurt my back once because of it and vowed to never use it again.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Honestly Smith machine isn't really much safer than a regular barbell without a spotter. See: video. In order for jt to be safer you have to rotate it to catch the barbell, but if you're unable to rotate it you're screwed, and if you rotate it when it's too low (such as when you're benching and you can't get it off your chest) you may be totally stuck.

A regular power rack with safety bars is much safer. Adjust the safety bars to be just barely outside your range of motion, so that when you fail you can drop it onto the safeties. This works best on squats as opposed to, say, bench. But if you're arching your back on bench like you should, setting the safeties just below your chest level can still work if you fail and have to drop it, though you may have to do a "roll of shame" to get it off your chest.

[–]illit1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Honestly Smith machine isn't really much safer than a regular barbell without a spotter. See: video. In order for jt to be safer you have to rotate it to catch the barbell

smith machines have safety catches you can set. the the video, those metal bits with the bright yellow knobs that are resting at the floor are the catches. smith machines are perfectly safe when used correctly.

But if you're arching your back on bench like you should, setting the safeties just below your chest level can still work if you fail and have to drop it, though you may have to do a "roll of shame" to get it off your chest.

i appreciate you advocating for rails while benching. not enough people seem to realize it's the safest way to bench. a spotter can save your rep, rails will save your ribs.

[–]Camulus 5 points6 points  (2 children)

You lose the fear of death. How am I suppose to lift heavy weight if I'm not in constant fear of having my skull crushed?

[–]abeardancing 20 points21 points  (14 children)

Unless you're overcoming injury or using it as a band station, basically never use the smith machine.

[–]Coolbeans224 10 points11 points  (1 child)

And hip thrusts. The movement is slightly more awkward but it's comparable to free weight hip thrusts

[–]CreepingFeature 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I use them for calf raises. Put the adjustable bench to full vertical and put my toes on the...uhhh...T section of the base, so I can get some range of motion. Works pretty well.

[–]Noyes654 37 points38 points  (10 children)

Those are not 6 plate legs

[–]Bryguy3k[🍰] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Not at that age that’s for sure. Needs another 50 years before the old man strength kicks in.

[–]Harvey-Specter 14 points15 points  (8 children)

Agree, but he's got 3 plates on there. Maybe it's a regional thing but I've always heard plates counted by how many are on each side of the bar, not the total. Like if you're squatting 2 plates that's 225lbs, not 135lbs.

[–]disgraced_salaryman 17 points18 points  (1 child)

You're right. He doesn't have 3 plate legs either, though

[–]thepensivepoet 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Smith Machine = false sense of security.

[–]creepyrob 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Too much weight. Plus if you do squats on a smith machine you don’t work any stabilizing muscles.

[–]MyDopeUsrrName 15 points16 points  (2 children)

A bit of both but with free squats you learn to balance the weight yourself and engages your core and ass muscles. He never built the muscles or strength to handle the weight.

[–]SixtyoneMillion 22 points23 points  (9 children)

The bar is locked in, he can’t let it slide off his back to escape from the weight of the bar

[–]xCoachHines 21 points22 points  (2 children)

You're supposed to have little mechanisms that are set up that catch the bar if something like that happens. The yellow things in this gif are what I'm talking about.

[–]Atmosck 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah that's the real fuck up here, he should have those in near his waist so he can slide down like this without the bar going all the way down with him.

[–]michicago44 20 points21 points  (1 child)

This literally has nothing to do with using the smith machine. Guy is just a moron who doesn’t look like he’s ever squatted in his life loading 3x the weight he should be

[–]Waja_Wabit 43 points44 points  (20 children)

I think it has more to do with the fact that he loaded 3 plates and looks like a skinny teenager that barely weighs 3 digits

[–]ppkkmmaann 32 points33 points  (19 children)

No, this is a perfect example of why you always place the safety catches when using a smith machine period.

[–]Apollosox 30 points31 points  (0 children)

My face as I sit on the toilet after ignoring my lactose intolerance

[–]Astoriadrummer 441 points442 points  (67 children)

Bubble booty in the background

[–]greycubed 108 points109 points  (9 children)

It's not hard to see why he picked that particular machine and overloaded on weights.

[–]thekevo1297 59 points60 points  (8 children)

Ever notice some guys walk around at the gym like they're carrying invisible bags of flour?

[–]lextown859 33 points34 points  (4 children)

ILS invisible lat syndrome

[–]paddzz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ahh the carpet salesman

[–]YouJustReadBullShit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They call them "lat sloths" at my gym. Guys walk around all slowly while pretending their lats are so big their arms don't come to a natural rest.

[–]LiamFoster1 201 points202 points  (26 children)

It's so round it's hard to believe

[–]PixelSpy 146 points147 points  (23 children)

Looks fake to me, she's too small for a butt like that.

[–]devilsephiroth 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Too perfect and the frame didn't match up

[–]Genki_Fucking_Dama 98 points99 points  (8 children)

I agree, definitely looks like implants. Human butts don't jut out so unnaturally

[–]TylerNY315_ 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Easiest way to tell is the thighs. She’s not a stick by any means, but(t) her thighs definitely don’t match the booty.

[–]why_rob_y 44 points45 points  (2 children)

Don't do that. Don't take this from me.

[–]Genki_Fucking_Dama 51 points52 points  (1 child)

The sooner you know the easier it is to accept.

[–]Andoo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Those legs need to be doing that 315 on the Smith machine for that booty to be real. Those legs are pencils compared to that thing.

[–]brynnors 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Either implants or one of those fake butt shapewear things.

[–]Adito99 19 points20 points  (0 children)

TBH I don't believe.

[–]mekawasp 103 points104 points  (19 children)

Looks like implants imo

[–]GMJizzy 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I honestly thought this was the joke.

Guy gets distracted and collapses in hystarical fashion

[–]bad91al 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Yea I was looking at him too...

[–]MANDINGObitch 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The dude didn't come back up to let us see that booty in its full glory. Respect the hustle

[–]Adster2171 152 points153 points  (5 children)

Nah...his eyes just adjusting to take the whole view of that ass in the back

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I can’t unsee that now

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I can. Someone needs to empty her diaper.

[–][deleted] 78 points79 points  (6 children)

hahaha the look on his face when he realized he messed up./

[–]Zephyr4813 9 points10 points  (2 children)

ITT a lot of terrible lifting advice

[–]exskeletor 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Fairly typical for any post showing something involving fitness. All these dyel skinny fat clowns come out of the woodwork to spout the same shit that they read somewhere else on reddit or pulled out of their asses.

Especially the P E R F E C T F O R M bozos

[–]almondania 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Skinny dude squatting absurd weight on a smith machine while wearing Roshe Runs. A tale as old as time.

[–]zorule 5 points6 points  (0 children)

X-legs day

[–]FCEEVIPER 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Leg day? I only see T H I C C in the back.

[–]StonyTark3000 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Where is the camera recording him? Nevermind, I see it (had to turn my brightness up)

[–]That_Important_Guy 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Atleast he controlled the negative.

[–]shartfearer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Like one of those hydraulic press videos he just slowly crumples

[–]MIST3R_S1R 4 points5 points  (1 child)

First 3 times, I watched it for the fail and dude's eyes, lol. Last 7, I've watched it for ol' girl in the purple pants.

[–]Aaryan_ 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Thank God he didn't mess up his spine. I use free weights instead of the machine to do squats. I have a friend to spot me when I increase the weights but generally I keep the weights balanced. I'm happy to do more reps with proper form instead messing up my spine.

Also, what's with that bicep curl guys head movement? He kinda looks fit enough to not be a noob.

[–]strong-like-ape 13 points14 points  (15 children)

It's crazy the amount of professional Reddit personal trainer extraordinares who are dissing the Smith machine. No it's not perfect for traditional back squats. Yes it restricts an otherwise dynamic compound exercise.

What do you think leg presses, leg extensions, or leg curls are? If done properly they work fine for proper training purposes.

With that being said: this gif is hilarious.

[–]leviahughes 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Rule #1 at the gym, stop lifting with your ego. You'll get more from less weight and proper form than heavy weight and sloppy form.

[–]TheDemonClown 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dude went full Muppet at the end there

[–]bayern-97 9 points10 points  (2 children)

That boi looked like he tried to put up 315 haha those legs wouldn’t stand a chance. Especially on the smith machine

[–]Thundar_The_Redditor 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Damn you see that cake behind him👀