Here’s a question about Deadlifts I received in my mailbox. My comments are below…
“Mehdi, I just joined one of the only gyms in my area and I plan on starting StrongLifts 5×5 on Monday. Now, this gym does allow Deadlifts but only inside the smith machine. Yes, it sucks. But, I’m stuck with this gym. So, my questions: Should I add additional weight right off the bat because I’m stuck within the smith machine? What about barbell rows? I didn’t see any rules against them, but, just in case, what are my options?”
Seems you signed up to one of those gyms that don’t want you to Deadlift heavy because it makes too much noise…
… a gym ran by people who don’t get it’s a GYM – not a library.
Anyway. You can’t Deadlift inside a smith machine. It just doesn’t work.
Remember – I did smith squats for months. Then I switched to free squats and couldn’t handle the weight I was doing in the smith machine.
When you have to lift the weight, not the machine, it’s a different ballgame.
Then whining about lacking shoulder and back development…
You don’t want to be that guy doing things half-way, only to have to take a big step back in a few month to catch up on everything.
If I were you, I’d never sign up to that gym. I’d find a REAL gym instead or build my own gym at home. Wait, that’s actually what I did.
And I didn’t have the space in my apartment. So I put everything in the garage of my parents a few kms away from here.
If you really want it, you’ll figure out a way to make it happen.
No excuses, remember.