Here at Muscle & Fitness, we’re fans of free-weight compound moves for building muscle and improving your overall musculature. Moving the body through its natural range of motion is, after all, inherently functional. It just so happens that you end up getting jacked and ripped training this way, too.

But the Smith machine definitely has its place in the annals of physique history, too. Despite locking users into a set range of motion, the Smith allows you to safely handle more weight, sans spotter. And the vertical path of the bar actually lends itself to more moves than you may have realized.

Here are six ways to get more out of the Smith machine.