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Mirrors and squats,


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I used to rely on the mirrors for squat technique.. until a friend took some video footage of me from the side, and I saw how truly sucky my technique was redface.gif

I think it's good to learn to do them without the mirror too - go through a list of cues in your head before starting ie. chest up, abs tight, squeeze shoulder blades together blah.gif until it all becomes automatic over time.

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I like mirrors, and not just because I'm so good-looking... 8)

I think they're a must for any exercise, squats included. It's the only way you'll know if you've got a muscle imbalance. I really try to focus on things like ensuring both shoulders move evenly during a shoulder press (you'd be amazed at how many people's don't). In the case of squats, a mirror tells you as soon as your butt starts to wiggle.

For some exercises, like squats and deadlifts, a video taken side-on shows a lot more information. But that's awkward to set up, and it doesn't give instant feedback. There's definitely a place for mirrors, IMO.

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