Smith machine Bar

I have been lifting at home for years, but recently joined a gym. I am not totally familiar with everything there. I was told by someone that the bar on the Smith machine and a regular bar are different. I was told that the Smith bar is 15 lbs not 45 like a regular bar. Is that true? I know it is easier to lift more weight on a Smith. Any info would be great. Thanks.

Not all Smith machines are the same. Some have a counterweight that you can select from 45 lb.'s all the way down to neutral.

Best in Health and Training, J. R.

Look for cable attached to the bar near the roller guides. If there are not cables then it should be near 45lbs.