Technique is everything. Your entire chance of success boils down to the quality and strength of your technique.
The tricky thing is, technique is often an elusive quality. You can count reps and measure steps, but there are a thousand little details to track when it comes to monitoring technique.
In previous posts, I’ve talked about using a camera to record your movement so you can replay your technical performance. While this is good, it’s not great. There’s a disconnect between your actual exercise and when you witness it on a screen.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of technology which offered immediate technical feedback while doing the actual exercise? Something that can instantly make you aware of even the tiniest of details.
As a matter of fact, there is just such a technology and it’s been in existence for centuries now. It’s the simple mirror.
The mirror is essential for the exercise technician. It can immediately, crank your technical proficiency up to 11.
The reason is simple. Improving your technical ability in any and every exercise depends heavily on your awareness of how you’re moving your body. Just like keeping a workout log, you can only make progress once you’re aware of how you’re doing. If you’re not aware of how you’re moving then you’re literally flying blind. You’re workouts are just a hot and sweaty guessing game.
We can feel how we move though space, but we humans are usually have a sight dominated nervous system. We can perceive and experience far greater detail visually than we can through spacial perception.
If you’re looking to get a mirror I highly recommend one that you can move around. Maybe something on wheels so you can adjust the angle and position of it so you can get the perfect view of everything you do.
If you don’t believe me, do a set of squats in front of a mirror sometime. Aim to perform them to the best of your ability and just feel the difference. Practice doing them a few times a week and within a month or two you’re squats will be on a completely new level.