This is somewhat of an addition to what I wrote last week. It wasn’t included because I had forgotten about it until after the post was finished but I can answer the question through understanding, though not comprehension.
At the first facility I trained at, I trained a man, we’ll call him Brandon, who was blinded in an industrial accident in his early 20′s. His mother found such great success training in a slow high-intensity manner that she thought it might be good for him. Now, he was far from helpless, as he was still keen on building VW Bugs and the air-cooled flat four cylinder engines that power them…by touch. Yes he built them when he had sight but he didn’t let being blind stop him from doing this activity that brought him so much joy.
However, he’s blind, so he can’t see the weights, he can’t pose in the mirror like the worst kind of dork, and he can’t act like a hardass while lifting because he’s unaware of whether or not people around him are paying attention. What are the advantages of this?
- He can’t see the weights, so he trusts his trainer that he’s progressing and doesn’t get anxiety about the task at hand because of however many pounds are on the apparatus.
- He can’t see himself, so his feedback for a workout well done is intrinsic. His pumped bicep in the mirror matters zero compared to how he feels as a result of the workout and also in between the workouts.
- He can’t see others watching him, so he doesn’t throw the weight around. He lifts it with control and without excessive grunting, heaving, or grimacing.
These are some of the things I’m trying to get people to cultivate in the 30 day “Mirror-Less” experiment.
Comments are open; is there something I missed? If you were blind, how would you judge training success?