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Mirror, Mirror Not on the Wall…

By avelyne | In Philosophy, Rest Day | on September 16, 2012

Holley coaching Kathy through her front squat

Have you ever wondered why there are no mirrors in our gym?  Every once in a while I’ll get this question, usually from an Intrepid that was used to the typical set up of globo gyms with mirrored walls.  They’ll say a mirror would show them the mistakes they are making and they’d be able to correct their form.  My typical response is, “That’s why you have trainers here!”

The fact is mirrors can be  a distraction.  They’re a shiny object that shows your reflection.  Great for when you’re getting dressed in the morning but not for correcting your lifts.  I’m sure you’ve seen it in other gyms with people lifting in front of mirrors.  While you see poor form, they see their big bulging muscles or the hot chick on the treadmill or the guy next to him that he’s trying to out lift.  The point being, even though you see your reflection, you may not be focused on your form.

We would rather you create muscle memory by perfectly practicing each lift and feeling the correct body movements.  A mirror isn’t going to help you do that.  A better alternative to watching and correcting your form is to record your lift using the camera we have at the gym or by using your iPhone.  Both would capture your lift frame by frame.  Even in football, coaches use taped recordings of games to analyze plays with their athletes.  By watching an entire play, athletes visualize each action as it happens and they can also see the cause and effect of their mistakes.  By watching your lift in its’ entirety, we can break each movement down to show where you may need corrections or if you did an excellent job of keeping good form.


REST DAY 09.16.2012

2 Comments to "Mirror, Mirror Not on the Wall…"

  • Holley says:

    September 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM -

    Great post Avelyne! It’s so true, even watching my shadow on the wall when I lift gets distracting.

  • James says:

    September 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM -

    Anyone know of a good iPhone camera stand?

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