At CrossFit we do work on the pull up bars, rings, and strength movements with barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells.
What inevitably happens is your hands build calluses, which are good, but if you let them get too big then it becomes a problem.
So here are a few steps you can take to keeping your hands from ripping or even building too big of calluses.
NUMBER 1 – Full Grip On The Bar
When you hang from the pull up bar or pick up a barbell/dumbbell/kettlebell use a full grip. Do not hang or hold from your finger tips.
Number 2 – Keep your calluses small….
Step 1-Buy a callus remover and a pumice stone…looks like this. You can buy both of these on amazon
Step 2-Use your callus remover right after you shower and your skin is soft and you can shave away a layer of the callus
Step 3-After shaving down the calluses…Use the pumice stone to smoothen out the rough spots
This will keep your callus small so your hands stay strong for the movements we do in CrossFit but stop them from ripping or your hands being too rough
Number 3 – Hand Protection-There are a couple different options here but my favorite are
Gymnastic Grips and Gloves
I prefer a glove that covers all of the hand vs the ones that leave the fingers out…typically the fingers will bunch up and make it tough to get a good grip on the bar.
Those are you tips to keep your hands prepared for your weeks of training so you aren’t sidelined by any ripping!