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Ban Mirrors: Build Awareness Not Visual Dependency

Coach
Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts

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.

 

using a kettlebell as a visual during lift


 

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