Recently some new clients have been asking why I don't have mirrors in my gym...
And there are many reasons I can give, like I don't want people hogging my mirror to look at themselves doing bicep curls while I'm trying to see mine first.
Or I could say something like man mirrors cost a lot of money.
But the real reason comes down to an idea known as "Kinesthetic Awareness"
The easiest way to define this is having a feel for your body.
This is found in your
The biggest thing when it comes to training is, I want real world carryover. If you do every exercise in the mirror to see how your body is moving when do you become too dependent on the mirror instead of truly feeling where you body is?
When it comes to golf, in practice sometimes you can be in front of a mirror or a camera, but when you play a round against your friends, are there any mirrors there? I hope not, that just gets weird.
This is the idea of "proprioception", is understanding where your part of your body is in space relative to other parts. You have different receptors in your body that tell your brain what angle your shoulders, hips, knees, etc. are all in while simultaneously letting your brain know the amount of load each is under.
Those with great proprioception have an easier time in the gym because they have a "feel" (there's that word again) for where their body should be for each exercise before they even do it.
This is why, a lot of my clients will be challenged neurally before they are challenged physically. They may think that it is a physical challenge, but I'm really trying to get their brain to move and remember how to move for future work.
If we can all get higher levels of body awareness and I'm not talking some "enlightened" state they talk about in Buddhism or something like that. I just mean we need a better understanding of ourselves. Then we just might become better golfers.