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As noted above in the comments, there are two main reasons why this may be happening. Adrenaline creates a perception of time dilation Adrenaline can create a "bullet time" effect where time seems to move more slowly as your body routes blood to your brain. It's an evolutionary adaptation much like the fight-or-flight response to help you deal with a ...


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If you haven't gotten a squat rack, back squats will be hard. Front squats are more doable, but still require cleaning the weight to your shoulders and will use less weight. However, in this case lower weight front squats will be much better for you than smith machine squats. Especially at this early stage. Front squats force you to have a more upright ...


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The point of barbell squats is to exercise your body through all the form that the Smith machine takes away from you. Yes, you will go back to 20kg at first. Yes, you need to stay there, not until your quads are ready for more, but until the rest of your body, including your core for stability, arms, hands, and overall sense of balance, are ready to work ...


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Sure you can, but it's going to take time. One of the major things I've noticed is my dominant arm is stronger than my non-dominant. In this case I happen to be a lefty...sinister, I know... Anyway, what I found worked for me is to start all my single arm movements with my weaker arm, and finish with it. Basically forcing my weaker arm to rep 1-2 more reps ...


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It really depends on where you are weakest on those lifts. However, there are a few options that I've found very useful. OHP Assistance: More OHP. You can use dumbbells or barbells. Z Press. Sit on the floor with legs straight out and press from a rack. Works the shoulders and core more. Incline Press. Dumbbells or barbells here as well. Stick to ...


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In your situation, the solution is simple: Dismantle the Smith machine Look for another gym, three sets of five every workout In the meantime, hoist the weight to your shoulders with a straight-backed power clean: ...and then front squat the barbell for five reps. When you're done, lower the bar to the ground as carefully as possible. This way you can ...


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While trying not to get too confusing here. The ultimate goal of ANY weight training session is to push the body to perform. By performing I mean struggle. If you're not struggling by the end of your set, you're probably only building muscular endurance and not strength. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it depends on your goals. Another factor worth ...


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The loading on a smith machine is completely different from a barbell squat. The barbell squat provided one has excellent technique is most definitely superior to a smith machine squat for several reasons. The smith machine prevents the stabilisers (especially the core) to engage thus resulting in a lower muscle recruitment than a barbell squat. This is ...


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Short answer: You should be overloaded at the end of each SET. For most lifters, you'll want to be near or at the point of failure at the end of each set. That's generally how you stimulate muscles to get stronger/bigger/more enduring. That said, there's certainly specialty training protocols that differ from this, injury recovery, or if a set is a ...


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You say you have been doing your squats on a Smith Machine and are, rightfully, looking toward the free-weights as a better way to keep good form. The question then asks whether to stick with Smith Machine or "just" do your best with free-weights. My answer is: BOTH My personal approach in a very similar situation is that I do all but my very heaviest set ...



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