About Gym Mirrors
To conscientious gym-owners, gym mirrors are not just a matter of vanity or décor; they are practically a health and safety measure.
When lifting weights, performing resistance exercises or practising yoga moves, technique is everything. Get your technique wrong, and you run the risk of serious injury. Most gyms are very aware of this, and take the time to give new members a full induction, showing them the correct way to use machines, perform core exercises, and work with free weights. But it is up to each individual member to make sure they are in the correct position, and the only way to get this right is by watching themselves in the mirror.
As a result, the demand for high quality gym mirrors has never been greater. Unlike home mirrors, gym mirrors need to have safety backing to minimise the risk of accidents. With so many heavy pieces of equipment being lifted and dropped in close proximity to them, gym mirrors need to be practically shatter-proof, so most manufacturers offer a minimum of 4mm glass thickness.
Acrylic mirrors are an even safer option than glass mirrors, with many suppliers making shatter-proof guarantees and bespoke measuring services. These mirrors are typically 3mm thick, and are made from an acrylic sheet with a reflective mirror finish, coated with acrylic polymer paint. Acrylic options are lighter than glass mirrors and easier to cut, so they can be made to fit even the most awkwardly shaped space. However, they are no match for glass mirrors when it comes to shine and reflectivity.