Mirrors are typically a staple at most gyms. 10 years ago if a child drew a picture of gym space it would probably include some guy with muscles doing bicep curls or calf raises while looking at themselves in their gym mirrors.
So why now is this tradition seem to be slipping away, and why for that matter doesn’t Beyond The Box Fitness have any mirrors?
I have been running our foundations (beginner’s) classes since I started as a trainer almost a decade ago, and I love working with these new members for a whole host of reasons. Aside from a few of the obvious reasons, it’s also refreshing because they bring in an outside view … and questions.
Last week, one of our newer members asked, “Why aren’t there any mirrors in this gym. Wouldn’t it be easier to work on my form if you had some?”
To me, mirrors are for the body building, globo-gym, earbud-wearing, curls and bench-press crowd. And, ever since I’ve being doing/coaching true strength & conditioning I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to train in a place where there are mirrors on all the walls. When I travel and have to train in hotel fitness centers, it’s actually uncomfortable for me to look up and see my ugly self mimicking my movements (or the occasional weirdo staring at me).
So why then don’t we have mirrors at our gym? There are plenty of difficult lifts to conquer. Wouldn’t it be easier to execute them if we could see ourselves completing those lifts? And are they really a bad thing to have in a gym? Short answer is no, but here are our top 3 reasons we don’t have mirrors lining our walls.
Instead of mirrors, we outfitted our gym to look and feel like home while also feeling like more then you typical training facility. Come check us out.