Many leg exercises have their Smith machine variation. Here are the most effective Smith machine exercises that will make your legs and glutes feel the burn.
Smith Machine exercises are your best alternative when it’s leg day and the squat racks and leg machines are being used. Or if you’re on a time crunch and want a quick but efficient session then just stick to the Smith machine. This way you don’t have to move around the gym.
I often do my good old leg and glute workout but sometimes I include a few Smith machine exercises to mix things up.
5 Leg & Booty-Toning Smith Machine Exercises
Make sure to bring a barbell pad with you for some exercises.
Smith machine squats can make you feel more tension in your quads. This is because you’re not leaning forward as much as when performing barbell squats. Smith machine squats can’t really be used to improve your barbell squats but they’re a great quad strengthening exercise as you’re able to lift heavier.
I like to perform my first two sets with a resistance band just to feel the burn a bit more.
Personally, Romanian deadlifts are the deadlift variation that target my hamstrings the most. There’s nothing wrong with barbell deadlifts but using a Smith machine can help you increase the weight. Always maintain a slight bend in the knees, keep your back straight and don’t lower the bar all the way to the floor.
You can also do curtsy lunges.
You can use ankle weights for this exercise or put a dumbbell in the crease of your knee (not the best option for stability) or you can just make your life easier and use the Smith machine. You can add as much weight as you need to really feel the burn.