Ban Mirrors: Build Awareness Not Visual Dependency

Are mirrors in a weight training facility good or bad? Depending on who I’m asking, I could get a wide array of answers. My bodybuilding and physique friends would have heart palpitations if I suggested they get rid of the mirrors. But for everyone else, mirrors serve next to no purpose. In fact, they might be creating performance issues you are currently unaware of.


I work with high-level athletes every day. The most dedicated ones are in a state of training every minute, even when practicing something basic like breathing. It’s my job to make sure the environment is conducive to creating the adaptations they need. Therefore, you won’t find a single mirror in my facility. But it hasn’t always been that way.

Chris Holder comes to Breaking Muscle with over thirty years as an athlete and coach. A football player first and then spending his entire professional coaching career at the college level, Holder has been in love with everything weight lifting since he was a little boy. Holder has an incredibly diversified training background that brings a unique product to his athletes. Known in many circles as a pioneer of kettlebell training at the college level, Chris opened the door in the early 2000s to...Read more