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Speak Up: Mirrors in Fitness Classes?

If you belong to a gym that offers fitness classes or you take classes at a yoga, martial arts, or dance studio, there's a good chance that one side of the room is covered in wall-to-wall mirrors.

Now I'm all for using mirrors to check my form and alignment while lifting weights or doing strength-training moves, but what do you think about having a huge mirror opposite you for an entire class? Do you like seeing yourself or being able to see others? Or is it too much of a distraction? Does it make you feel self-conscious, or does it inspire you to work harder?


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icantdrive49 icantdrive49 8 years
I love having a mirror. The gym I work out at now doesnt have them because they are trying do make the room more "guy friendly" but really I would to get some in there it makes me more motivated
kia kia 8 years
I faced my irritation of mirrors and my self-conscious self when I joined a bellydance group a few years ago. It was a great way to confront my body image issues. Now I am cool with the mirror capturing any uncomfy pose, especially when I am in Bikram yoga sessions.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I hate seeing myself working out, it makes me feel self conscious and it's annoying to be able to see other's looking at you or staring at themselves while we work out.
nopenope nopenope 8 years
I definitely use them to watch/check my form.
LouLou7 LouLou7 8 years
I take a yoga class and the instructor insists on facing the mirror- I hate it! It's too distracting (I have really horrible body image) and it makes it difficult to do balancing poses because you have to look at yourself and other people wobbling :)
Charlsie Charlsie 8 years
definitely makes me more self conscious, especially if I'm doing something I've never done before.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
i also like it. actually, time has passed since i last took part in a tae bo class, but i remember that you couldn't see yourself in the mirror for a long time because it was steaming up quite fast. ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Doesn't bother me, it can help me with my form a lot.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
Mirrors don't phase me. I like them when I'm doing some plyometric work or oddly enough when I jump rope (helps w/ my cadence). However, it is comical to watch some of the more conceited women in the gym, who use the mirrors to check their makeup and hair placement before making a pass by the male dominated area of the gym. These are the women who think c*ck teasing is a form of working out. Understandably, these women never break a sweat.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I need a mirror when I do yoga so I can make sure my form is correct. I think they're really necessary and are a good feature. I think if you're focusing on making sure you're using it to check your form, you won't feel self-conscious or anything like that.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
you know, now that i'm older, it think it was silly of me to ever be self-conscious of myself in a negative way.. but i can remember how when i was a kid, and someone's parents would video tape a b-day party or some gathering i was at, then later we'd all be in the living room watching the video... then all of a sudden.. i appear.. oh wow.. how weird i felt.. i even would look around to see if there was any expression on another's face that i would perceive as if they were thinking i looked weird to them.. but no, people thought i looked normal.. and it was just all in my head to think i looked weird. but honestly, after growing out of that, i wish no one ever felt self-conscious in a bad way.. we are all beautiful.. especially when i am pumpin the iron in front of my mirror.. OOH YEAH! :p
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 8 years
i like having mirrors at the gym, it does inspire me to work harder, plus i also enjoy looking at my self while i work out
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I like the mirrors to check my form as well.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
When i danced growing up I always moved just out of mirror range and stood in the back of the class. I find mirrors really distracting.
cahill cahill 8 years
not a fan, it makes me more self conscious. though, if i can't see the instructor doing a new move, the mirror helps
MindayH MindayH 8 years
Agreed with most all of the comments - the mirror keeps my form in check.
AMP AMP 8 years
I don't think I would do as well in class without them. I use them to check my form all the time.
hlj504 hlj504 8 years
I like mirrors while I work out...I like checking my form - plus I do find it motivating to see myself in the mirror!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I like mirrors, I think they help me to work harder.
eroca87 eroca87 8 years
Mirrors are essential for me...I was a ballet dancer for 15 years and am sooo used to having mirrors everywhere to see myself. Despite the fact that dancing on stage without mirrors was no problem, "class work" without them is a nightmare! I actually am extremely self conscious when I don't have a mirror.
bubbles099 bubbles099 8 years
Mirrors are essential to check your placement and alignment. I think they are underutilized by the gym-goers.
ahaynes ahaynes 8 years
Like you Fit, I like to use the mirror when I am strength training on my own. The only time I like a mirror in a class is in yoga or pilates, otherwise I get really self-conscious and distracted.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I like having mirrors in front of me during my pilates class. It keeps me in check when it comes to my posture. I'm normally a big time sloucher, but as long as I can see myself, it's a constant reminder to sit up straight.
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