As I start to get older and injure myself easier, form is becoming key in my workouts. After a recent SI joint strain, which was debilitating for 2 days and took me 2mo to recover fully from. I made a major change in the layout of my home gym to help with my form. I realized that aesthetics didn’t really matter because no one really hangs out there but my wife and me. Who cares if it doesn’t look as great as long as I don’t hurt myself?
So this is what I did:
- Bought 3 more large mirrors
- Rearranged my Smith Machine/Squat Rack so that the wall that it was facing was closer and the machine was square to a mirror
I already had one mirror but it was to the side of the Smith, which meant I had to put my neck in poor alignment to check the remainder of my form. I strained my SI joint because I didn’t realize my form was weak on my squat when I was on my last set. The mirror placement will help me check my form without compromising it in the process – logical, eh?
Mirrors are definitely key to working out. It’s amazing how many times I see guys checking themselves out in between sets more than during the set. It is critical to spot your own form during sets so you can catch yourself before you’re in a dangerous situation. It didn’t cost much and took a little bit to rearrange everything, but I feel a lot safer during my workouts and have already noticed myself pushing harder with the extra confidence I have that my form is solid.