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Mirrors in Fitness Classes

Do You Like Mirrors in Exercise Classes?

Whether you take yoga, Zumba, or Body Pump classes at your gym, chances are one wall of the studio will be covered in a glimmery mirror. When I'm working out on my own at home, I actually like checking my form in a mirror when strength training — when I'm the only one who can see. It's a different story when there's an enormous wall-sized mirror staring back at me throughout an hour-long packed cardio kickboxing class.

What do you think? Is it fun or annoying to have mirrors in the room where you take group fitness classes? Does seeing yourself make you work out harder, or is it too much of a distraction?

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katie225 katie225 5 years
they're necessary for you to see the instructor's full motions in a cardio class. i wish there were more mirrors in cycle rooms off to the side of the members taking the class so they could see their form on the bike from the side. (i'm a cycle and turbo kickboxing instructor)
pixelhaze pixelhaze 5 years
Absolutely in yoga, pilates, etc because I'm very focused on form. However, I prefer not to see how ridiculous I look when taking a zumba class :) For that one I always pick a spot off to the side....
2muchtv 2muchtv 5 years
Keep in mind that it also helps the instructor keep an eye on the students. When I taught step, I was facing in the same direction as the students, and they could see the front & back part of the move, and I can observe them in the mirror. Also, the instructor may not correct you if there's a student who is worse than you are (depends on how much time there is for corrections, aerobics not much time, vs strength class which has lots of time). So, yea, mirrors, totally useful, even if you're in class with an instructor.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I really do enjoy it, although I always look ridiculous doing certain things, I like being able to check out my form.
Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 5 years
Especially for yoga classes and weight lifting...I think it's important to be able to see if your form is correct!
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