Mirrors are a contentious area when it comes to training. Gyms are generally lined with them, and it’s difficult to avoid the temptation to watch yourself moving, to better understand your movements. Yet most articles and books on training the body to perform movements such as squats and presses are against the idea of using exercise mirrors to help you learn your technique.
This is generally because:
- To have proper neuromuscular control and understanding of the exercise you need to “feel” the position of your body not “see” it.
- A mirror can give misleading feedback, as it reflects images back differently depending on what angle you see them.
- Looking into the mirror may encourage incorrect (and potentially unsafe) head and neck positioning for some exercises.
- Mainstream health clubs use mirrors for aesthetics, not for health considerations.
We at KneeStrength agree with most of these points, but think it is unwise to dismiss the use of mirrors totally, as they do have some applications in particular circumstances. Continue reading