How do mirrors for the workout room benefit the athlete?
There are two basic ways mirrors help the athlete:
Checking form. Some argue that this leads to bad form, but we are not talking about looking in the mirror through the entire lift. A mirror can help you check that the bar is straight on your back, that your lat raise is not high enough, or that you need to go deeper on a squat.
Vanity. OK, mirrors are great for flexing and looking at how swole you are after lifting, or checking out your rear to see the “fruit” of those countless squats. Hey, motivation comes in many forms, and seeing your progress is highly motivating.
So, If you decided that mirrors for home gym are the right choice for you, keep reading.
Where to buy large Gym Mirrors
Sometimes finding a large gym mirror takes some creativity, and knowing where to look is the key to finding one for cheap.
ReStore Habitat for humanity If you have a ReStore in your area , they are a great place to find recycles home items, such as mirrored closed doors, which make excellent garage gym mirrors. Check and see if they are available in your area.
Craigslist – Facebook Marketplace or FreeCycle is another resource for used mirrors. Craigslist may have mirrors for sale, or occasionally free. Everything on free cycle should be free. Don’t forget to search for mirrored closet doors and Bathroom mirrors, as these are perfect as home gym mirrors.
Estate sales – These are different from garage sales, and usually, happen when someone passes away, and all of their belongings are sold. You might check craigslist for find estate sales happening in your area. They frequently have large mirrors for sale.
Goodwill or Thrift Stores – People sometimes donate furniture and other household goods, so thrift stress are also a likely sport to find some large mirrors. You may have to remove an ugly frame, and make sure the mirrors are not beveled, but thrift stores are one possibility.
Home Depot/Lowes/ Home Improvement stores – These places not only have large mirrors to sell, but sometimes they are willing to sell slightly damaged large mirrors that have been returned. Ask a manager if they have any to sell, you never know until you try.
Walmart or Target – We have seen folks take the inexpensive wall mart full length mirrors and put 4 or 5 together on the wall with some Gorilla tape to make one large mirror.
Alternatives to mirrors
Maybe you don’t want a mirror, maybe just something so you can see your form. Video is sometimes suggested, over a mirror, because it is less distracting and you can focus on a video, if only after the fact.
Here are two Ideas I can offer:
Webcams. You can install a few webcams at various angles to film yourself as you lift. Webcams are cheap, and you can install three or more to get a few different angles.
Selfie tripod: It’s not just for selfies anymore. These things are actually great for taking short videos as you lift to check your form. Plus, if you have a home gym, you can leave it set up all the time. It’s just another piece of equipment, right? I say yes. Anything is fair in the pursuit of excellence.
What should I look for when choosing a mirror?
Ideally, one large mirror is best, but two or smaller mirrors can be put together if necessary.
The benefit of smaller mirrors is they are less expensive and easier to hang. But they will have seams. Annoying!
What features to avoid
If the mirrors are for a home gym you may be tempted to buy less expensive acrylic mirrors. I personally don’t like them because they almost always have at least a small amount of distortion.
I would rather scour thrift stores for a great mirror, then pay as much for a mirror that makes me look like I am in a funhouse Mirror maze.
How do you hang a gym mirror?
How are you going to hang it- Installation tips
There are several schools of thought on how to hang a gym mirror. Some installers use just hardware, others use hardware and glue.
Glue adds to the security of the mirror, but it also makes it PREMANENT, and ruins the drywall, and mirror, once removed. So, glue is not a good option for a rental house or apartment.
Installing a mirror with hardware and glue
I like this video because the mirrors are installed carefully, and the narration is clear, including what you need beforehand, how much glue to apply and other useful tips.
Simple Hardware only Installation
This installation uses only hardware, and honestly is better for smaller mirrors. The installation starts at 2:57, and the beginning of the video is explaining where to find good home gym mirrors.
He just uses mirror hangers, purchased at home Depot, a screwdriver, and screws. He screws directly into the studs, but if you have drywall, you will need a stud-finder.
TOP 8 Best Home Gym Mirrors Reviews + Selfie Tripod & Webcam Suggestions
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Films in HD AND Widescreen
Mac and Windows compatible
Films “close up” compared to others. This is good if you are reviewing lifts.
No mounting hardware, you will need to get creative with placement
An excellent alternative to the traditional gym mirror, get two to see your lift from several angles.
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