This post isn’t about vanity (although it’s OK, you can do that cheesy kiss-your-bicep move, you worked hard to earn it after all). Instead, it’s about using a mirror to your advantage during your workout to help make it your best workout, each and every time.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer cardio or strength training, or a bit of both. Proper form is everything. Do it properly or don’t do it at all. Not only will improper form stall your progress, but it’s also a leading cause of injury during exercise. When you have access to a mirror you can see your form during each exercise, and adjust your position as needed.
This is especially important if you plan on lifting heavy weights. Try bench pressing 300 pounds with improper form and see how you feel the next day. Not so good. You probably won’t be able to lift weights for a long time after that either. Proper form prevents strains, helps you focus on the targeted muscles of each exercise, and helps you focus on proper breathing as well, which is vital to any workout.
No, a mirror isn’t necessary for every exercise and yes, you should be able to figure out proper form without having to see your every move. But, and especially as a beginner, a mirror workout can help you form important habits, getting used to maintaining proper form through each and every one of your workouts, so you feel more confident, train at a faster pace, and get the results you’re after, while minimizing the risk of injury at the same time.
So find a mirror to hang up in your home gym, or wherever you find time to workout. It’s great to use, especially when you’re just getting started and are working on perfecting your form.