3 Powerful Home Workouts With Smith Machine And Bench

3 Powerful Home Workouts With Smith Machine And Bench

 

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding time to hit the gym can often feel like an impossible task. But what if you could achieve a powerful full-body workout from the comfort of your own home? Bring in the compact Smith Machine and a bench – versatile pieces of equipment that can transform your living space into a personal fitness sanctuary.


Whether you're a seasoned fitness enthusiast or just starting on your journey to a healthier lifestyle, incorporating Smith Machine exercises into your routine can yield incredible results. 


From building strength and muscle mass to improving balance and stability, the benefits are endless.


So, let's dive into some of the most effective weight bench exercises that will help you unleash your strength and sculpt your body from head to toe.  This is just a few exercises - we will provide more in a later post!

 

1. Bench Press

The quintessential Smith Bar Bench exercise, the bench press primarily targets the chest, shoulders, and triceps. 

It’s important to let your muscles recover between the bench presses!  So be sure to give yourself at least 1 day break between bench presses, to perform workouts on other muscles.

 

Bench Press

Exercise Steps

  1. On the benches included with our Smith Machines, lie flat with your back on the bench, and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.
  2. Grip the barbell with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.  
  3. Keep constant engagement with your core, and maintain a straight back; do not let your back arch upwards.
  4. Slowly lift the barbell up off the rack’s J-Cups, keep it straight and level, and then lower the barbell to your chest.  Constantly keep the bar in line with your shoulders, and allow elbows to bend below the bench, about 45 degrees away from the body.
  5. Press your feet into the floor as you push the bar back up to the starting position.
  6. Perform about 10 reps, depending on the weight you’re using. Perform up to 3 sets.
  7. Make sure to focus on maintaining proper form and control throughout the movement to maximize results.

    2. Seated Preacher Curl

    The seated preacher curl is a strength training exercise specifically targeting the biceps brachii muscle, which is located in the upper arm. 


    Seated preacher curls are designed to isolate and target the biceps muscles. This exercise minimizes the involvement of other muscle groups, allowing you to focus primarily on developing strength and size in the biceps.


    When performed in a seated position, there is less room for body momentum or "cheating" compared to standing variations of the bicep curl. This can lead to more controlled and targeted muscle engagement.


    Seating provides a stable base, promoting better posture during the exercise. Maintaining proper form is crucial to prevent strain on the lower back and ensure that the biceps are doing the majority of the work.

     

    Seated Preacher Curl

     

    Exercise Steps

    1. Sit with your feet planted firmly on the floor.  Rest your triceps on the arm pad of the bench, and maintain a neutral wrist position (avoid flexion and extension of your wrists).
    2. Grasp the attached V-bar with a closed, supinated grip (palms facing forward and thumbs wrapped around the handles).  
    3. Keep your upper arms in contact with the arm pad. Exhale and squeeze your biceps, then slowly bring the V-bar towards your chest without arching your back or moving your elbows forward. 
    4. Continue to keep your feet firmly placed on the floor and avoid shrugging your shoulders during the lift; keep your shoulders depressed and retracted.
    5. Inhale and gently lower the V-bar down, towards your starting position.
    6. Repeat for a suggested amount of 10 reps, and 3 total sets.

    Read more information about Preacher Curls: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/preacher-curls-guide

     

    3. Hip Abductions

      Your hip abductors are the muscles that help you pull and lift your legs out to the side. Your hip abductors are located on the outside edges of your hips.  

      You use these muscles every time you step to the side. They help you stand and walk around. They also help your legs rotate.

      You also use your abductors when you’re standing or walking on one leg, like when you’re going up stairs. They stabilize your pelvis during these motions.

       

      Hip Abductions

       

      Exercise Steps

      1. Attach the ankle cable strap to your right ankle, with your left hip close to the machine.
      2. Stand with your back straight and your feet facing forward.  With your left hand, hold onto the edge of the upright to help you maintain good posture.
      3. Move your right leg out to your right side until you feel strain along the outer side of your hip and leg.
      4. Bring your leg back down to a standing position.
      5. Three sets of 12 to 15 repetitions is suggested for this exercise.
      6. Once complete, then workout the same number of sets with your left leg.

      Read more information about Hip Abductions:

       

       

      Check out our heavy-duty Smith Machines and bench, so you can perform these great exercises at home! 

       

       

      Key Takeaways

      Incorporating these exercises into your home workout routine can help you achieve incredible results without ever having to step foot outside. 

      Remember to start with a proper warm-up to prevent injury, and always listen to your body – if something doesn't feel right, adjust your form or seek guidance from a fitness professional. 

      With dedication and consistency, you'll be well on your way to unlocking your full potential and transforming your body from the comfort of home.

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