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I've recently begun noticing my form is starting to get a little floppy on some lifts, specifically squat and deadlift. I find that if I use a mirror, my form is infinitely better and the weights seem easier.

 

Does anyone else feel the need to use these visual cues when lifting? For me it seems to make quite a large difference.

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Have you always/often used a mirror? You may simply he reliant on it now.

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I video myself a lot. It really helps me stay on track form-wise, especially since I lift alone.

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I find the opposite. When I have a mirror it distracts me, and I cannot focus on the important cues that I would normally use. 

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Proprioception is key to good lifts (i.e. you have to know where your body is in space).  Video works because it lets you focus on the lift and how your body feels throughout while providing some objective feedback for how it really looked.  Bring the two in line and you will do well.

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I started off with SL in my basement, no mirror, so that's not it.

 

Might just be personal preference I guess...a mirror allows me to actually see things. I can lift without it, but then any little feeling that's not "quite right" makes me wonder about my form.

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Can the mirror be moved?

If not pick a point that is behind you in the mirror, this will create and affect of looking into the distance at a wall and not yourself during a lift. Make sure to lower the weight a bit to work on getting comfortable with the new "mirrorless" lifting.

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When you start learning a movement, a mirror is very helpful. But past that beginning stage, I find it actually a bad thing to use. Instead record yourself, this is much better. I record every compound movement I do with a phone planted on a bench. No one even notices.

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