Having mirrors in your home gym is beneficial in so many ways. However, to enjoy these benefits, the mirrors must be properly placed.
This article will, therefore, guide you on where to place mirrors in home gym. We also discuss the benefits of these glossy pieces of equipment and how you can install them.
So, let’s get straight to the matter at hand.
Professional Gym Mirrors vs Home Gym Mirrors
Unlike mirrors found in professional gyms, having a mirror in your gym at home helps you monitor your fitness progress. Does this sound strange? Allow us to explain.
Mirrors in professional gyms are fitted in such a way that it makes you look more fit than you actually are. You look more buff in the gym mirror than you do in your wardrobe mirror; it doesn’t seem to add up.
It is a sort of illusion created with mirrors that lean slightly forward at the upper part.
This is done to keep you motivated and coming back for more. At home, you don’t need that. We don’t mean you don’t need the motivation, rather we mean you need to be real with yourself.
Hence, fitting a gym mirror at home is not done in the same manner as those in professional gyms.
Why do you Need Mirrors in your Home Gym?
Mirrors are needed in your home gym for the following reasons:
i. Points out errors in your body form.
iii. Protects the walls.
iv. Motivates you.
Points out errors in your body form
Placing mirrors where free weight and stretching are done keeps you safe.
As you workout, you get to see the shape of your body to avoid damage. You can then discover the issues in the form you are in while you lift weights or stretch.
Having mirrors in your gym makes the space look larger than it is. This is good for those with small gym area as it enhances the home gym design.
Also, since mirrors are good at capturing light, their presence in a room can lighten it up.
Protects the walls
How many times have you leaned on the wall to stretch, catch your breath, or take off your shoes? We bet you’ve done so many times.
Frequent hands on the walls over time will cause finger marks to appear everywhere. Such stains will need repainting frequently.
However, with mirrors on the wall, you can avoid such. You will just have to clean the mirrors; which is cost-effective compared to painting. A mirror cleaner like the Magic Shower Glass & Mirror Cleaner can be used for such a cleaning process.
Although home gym mirrors might not make you look buff like professional gym mirrors do, it is still a great source of motivation.
It keeps you going when you intend to give up especially when you are nowhere near your fitness goals.
Where to Place Mirrors
Although mirrors can help you stay safe while working out, it can also cause harm if not properly placed.
Therefore, make sure the mirrors are safety-backed. With this, any broken piece will not fall onto the floor.
So, where should you place mirrors in your home gym?
i. Place mirrors to reflect light sources.
ii. Place mirrors in front of your gym equipment.
iii. Place mirrors where it doesn’t reflect distractions.
Place mirrors to reflect light sources
Placing mirrors this way will ensure that light is transmitted around the gym area.
Although the mirrors should reflect the light source, however, it should not face the light source directly. If this happens you might not see yourself while you workout.
There are many lights that would reflect well in your home gym, however, we recommend this Deformable Garage Light with 3 Adjustable LED Panels.
Place mirrors in front of your gym equipment
What we mean by this is that when the gym equipment is used, you have to be facing the mirror.
Place mirrors where it reflects no distraction
Do not place your mirrors to face things that can distract your attention. For example, placing a mirror opposite a television is a big no-no.
Factors to Consider when Choosing a Mirror
The following are factors to consider when choosing a mirror:
i. Mirror kind
ii. Mirror size
iii. Mirror cost
iv. Mirror thickness
v. Iron content
vi. Safety measures
Allow us to explain a bit what we mean by the factors above.
There are two kinds of mirrors. Normal mirror and HD mirror. We discuss more about this in the next section. As a result, we won’t dwell on this here.
How large do you want the mirror to be? Will it cover the entire wall or just some parts? How large is your home gym space? These questions will determine the size of the mirrors you get eventually.
What is your budget? What is the cost of the mirror you have in mind? Can you afford it?
Since you are getting it for your home gym, a mirror that is 4mm thick should be able to handle the vibrations as well as any accidental impact.
Professional gyms and dance studios that have lots of vibrations should go for mirrors that are 6mm thick at least.
A mirror with low iron content will produce better-detailed reflection that that with more iron content.
Therefore, it is important to find out the iron content of any mirror before purchasing it.
What safety measures does the mirror support or provide? What kind of installation is right for it? These questions must be answered carefully.
Installing Mirrors in your Home Gym
The following steps will guide you on how to install mirrors in your home gym:
Step 1- Measure wall
You have to get an accurate measurement of the wall where you want the mirrors installed. This will help you get accurate sizes when purchasing the mirrors.
Take a measuring tape and measure the width. Then take the height measurement starting from the floor upwards.
Step 2 – Determine how many mirrors you require
Based on the measurement you need to determine how many mirrors will fill the space measured.
Normal gym mirror sizes are 36 inches and 48 inches in width. Choosing from any of these should first of all be based on the space you measured before personal preference.
For example, if the width of the wall space measured was 108 inches. This means you need 3 mirrors of 36 inches to cover this space.
If you went for 48-inch mirrors, you will need 2.5 mirrors. This means you will have to get 3 of such mirrors and then go through the trouble of cutting 1 of them in half.
Step 3: Determine the height of the mirror you want
Apart from the standard width size, gym mirrors also have standard height size. They are 72 inches and 60 inches.
Using the measurement you took in step 1; determine which one of these mirrors will suit you best.
Make sure you make a little space for outlets above the floor. 24 inches above the floor is regarded as standard. You don’t necessarily have to do this if there are no outlets on the wall.
However, floor exercises such as yoga will require the mirrors to be close to the floor as possible.
Step 4: Determine the kind of mirror you want
Two main kinds of gym mirrors exist in the market. We have the normal mirror and the High Definition (HD) mirror.
We’ll just make a table to show you the differences between the two.
|Normal Mirror||HD Mirror|
|Low glass quality||High-quality glass|
|More iron content||Less iron content|
|Less detailed reflection||More detailed reflection|
|Less safety||High safety|
|Less durable||More durable|
Step 5: Purchase the mirror
Once you are done with the above steps, it is time to get your mirrors.
You can either get them from a store or order them online. We advise you to go for shatterproof mirrors.
Getting them yourself means you will have to transport it yourself in most cases. This makes you responsible for any damage that happens to the mirror.
Tips on how to protect your mirror when moving it:
i. Wrap the mirror in newspapers and cover with bubble wrap.
ii. Do not lift a large mirror by yourself; always ask for assistance.
iii. Use a vehicle that is large enough to accommodate the mirror when transporting it.
iv. Place the mirror face flat on the vehicle floor.
v. Drive carefully.
vi. Transport the mirror at a time when there are fewer vehicles on the road.
On the other hand, if you ask for it to be delivered mostly via online stores, you do not have to worry if there is any damage before arrival. They’ll simply get you a replacement.
Step 6: Choose the installation method
While you can easily hire a professional to help you install the mirrors, you can do this yourself albeit with a friend’s help.
You can install your home gym mirror using any of the following three methods:
i. Using adhesive.
ii. Screwing the mirror.
iii. Using j-channel.
We will discuss them quickly.
Using Adhesive – Method 1
Of the three methods, this is the easiest, but also the least secure method. But don’t worry, if done properly you have nothing to fear.
The only item you require for this method is the Mirror mastic adhesive.
Before placing your mirror against the wall, clean the wall. Make sure it is free of dirt, dust, or grease.
After this apply the Mirror Mastic adhesive lavishly on the mirror. Apply the glue by filling circles of 3 inches in diameter. Leave a space of 1.5 feet around to the next circle.
Lift the mirror and press it against the wall. This will cause the glue to spread. Hold it in place and till it gets dry and set.
Screwing the Mirror – Method 2
This method is trickier and will require assistance from a friend. Plus you need to be handy with certain tools.
Items required for this method:
i. Screws (4 for each mirror piece)
ii. Drill gun
Clean the wall and determine where the screws will be. It is advisable you mark it with a pencil or a chalk.
Then drill holes into the wall. This makes it easier when you are drilling in the screws.
Now lift the mirror and place it against the wall so that it aligns with the holes you’ve drilled already.
Now use a screwdriver to drive in the screws securely into the wall to hold the mirror in place.
The advantage of this method over the first is that the mirror can be removed easily and placed elsewhere.
Using J-channel – Method 3
While methods 1 and 2 are guaranteed to work on smooth and regular surfaces, they won’t work well for irregular and rough walls.
Using J-channel is more appropriate for such walls. And this method is more technical and requires apt experience with such projects.
Clean the walls, then determine where the mirror will be.
Drill holes into the wall and fasten the J-channel in place with screws.
Pick up and slide the mirror into the J-channel’s slots.
This method like method 2 allows you to easily remove the mirror and move it elsewhere.
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Where to Place Mirrors in Home Gym – FAQS
Why are there no mirrors in CrossFit?
CrossFit gyms do not have mirrors because your body form and posture doesn’t align with CrossFit philosophy which makes mirrors unimportant.
CrossFit focuses on enhancing your form, strength and endurance which is different from the traditional workout progress measured in muscle increase.
The philosophy does not believe that how you look when you look into a mirror defines a person and how they feel about them themselves. Rather, your ability to lift more, run faster, and achieve incredible fears is what matters.
What size mirror do I need for home gym?
You need a mirror size between 48 inches to 72 inches in length for your home gym. Any mirror size that falls into this range is good enough to show the full body of an average-sized person.
Going above 72 inches is quite unnecessary just as going below 48 inches will be inadequate.
There is no recommended width for your home gym. The width is determined by the size of your home gym itself. The wider the gym space, the wider your mirror should be.
However, you can still choose to fix the mirror at a particular area without having to cover the whole gym wall with mirrors.
How do you know if a mirror is good quality?
A good quality mirror is known by the following factors:
i. The mirror’s purity – The sheet of reflective mirror glass is made from certain materials. The purity of these materials reflects in the mirror’s final quality. The lesser the impurities and mixtures of different glass sources in a mirror, the higher its quality.
ii. The mirror’s flatness – The glass sheet of the mirror must be flat if not the image will be distorted.
iii. The mirror’s thickness – A good quality mirror should be at least ¼ inches thick. Anything less is low quality.
iv. The mirror’s reflective coating – Quality mirrors are coated at the back with silver. Reflective materials like aluminum, amalgam, or tin-mercury aren’t as quality as silver.
What size room do you need for a home gym?
The room size needed for a home gym depends on the following factors:
i. The equipment you will be using – The American Council on Exercise recommends a space of 20 to 50 square feet if you are using free weights such as barbells, dumbbells, etc. 30 square feet will be required if you will be making use of machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, etc. And 50 to 200 square feet is needed for a multi-station gym.
ii. The workout program and routine – If you want a home gym for yoga or stretches, then you don’t need such a large room size. But if you are going for a full-body workout, a larger sized-room like we mentioned above is needed.
Is it OK to put a treadmill on the second floor?
You can put and use a treadmill on the second floor. Many people are afraid to do so because they are afraid of the weight, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Any good house is designed to support the weight of your treadmill even while running on it.
However, vibration and noise could be a problem especially if you have neighbors below. A treadmill is capable of producing 55 to 60 decibels of noise. This is further amplified via the building’s columns to 110 decibels.
So, while it is structurally okay, it may not be okay for those below you. It is good to put others into consideration in such situations.
Home gym mirrors are not just there to make you feel good; they also help a great deal as we’ve discussed.
And we hope you now know where to place mirrors in your home gym as well as how to install them.
If you have further questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section below.