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Proper Athlete Hand care Tips for Weightlifting Training (Powerlifting)

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Article at a Glance

  • Avoid Gloves at Any Cost: Gloves may not be the best choice when you are doing bar and barbell work as they pose a challenge when it comes to having an efficient workout.
  • Use Chalk Instead: Using chalk during bar and barbell workouts is an excellent idea as it contains magnesium carbonate that has the ability to absorb moisture.
  • Stop Picking Your Hands: Picking your hands could be a detrimental practice as it will leave your hands is a worse state than when working out.
  • Pay Attention to Gripping: In bar and barbell work, gripping means everything, and this is one of the key elements every Athlete must focus on.
  • Develop Calluses: A lot of people don't like calluses as we have to agree they can be a bit unsightly on the hands and can be a little annoying when you are doing certain tasks.
  • Trim Your Calluses Routinely: Using our Callus Remover tool, you can trim the callus by gently shaving area over your hands.

In Brief: -

The key to any successful training session is ensuring you are working with a pair of strong hands as strength capability is one of the more focused-activities.

However, if your hands are not in the best shape, you will not be able to work out effectively, and the desired results will not be achieved. As such, you have to ensure you focus on proper Athlete hand care practices, or you will have to cut your love for the sport short.

Caring for your hands does not require much work, but it is essential that you follow pre-workout care, during session care, and post-workout care practices. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind:

Avoid Gloves at Any Cost

Gloves may not be the best choice when you are doing bar and barbell work as they pose a challenge when it comes to having an efficient workout.

Of course, some people wear gloves for different reasons while at the gym like protecting their hands against hard barriers or keeping dirt off.

However, for bar and barbell work, it is best to leave the gloves off as you will not be able to grip firmly on the barbell.

When doing exercises like deadlifts and pull-ups, the thickness of the gloves will prevent you from holding on tight enough and, as such, put pressure on your hands to find alternative ways of gripping.

Also, wearing gloves will allow your hands to sweat a lot, and you will have that additional issue to deal with.

Use Chalk Instead

Using chalk during a bar and barbell workout is an excellent idea as it contains magnesium carbonate that has the ability to absorb moisture.

The palms can become sweaty quite quickly, especially when you have to use particular tools or machines in the gym or if you wear gloves a lot.

We all know if the palm is oily or sweaty, the grip will not be possible and can be dangerous if we try to grip as it is.

Adding the chalk will seal the pores and prevent it from becoming moist as you access the barbell or the dumbbell.

Stop Picking Your Calluses

Picking your hands could be a detrimental practice as it will leave your hands is a worse state than when working out.

When you develop calluses from working out, and you pick them, you create the risk of leaving edges on your calluses to create tears and rips.

They can be painful and end up causing lots of bacteria when there is an open or bruised area.

 

Also, when you pick your hands, you can hurt the underlying tissues as you may pick the wrong areas or too deep.

Pay Attention to Gripping

In bar and barbell work, gripping means everything, and this is one of the key elements every Athlete must focus on.

Every activity that is involved in bar and barbell work includes using your hands from weightlifting to holding and pulling.

If you do not pay close attention to your grip, it can end up hurting your hands and damaging the muscles and also put a deep strain on the wrist and palms.

When gripping, you also have to be mindful of the best practices like ensuring your hands are not oily or sweaty as this can be dangerous and provide a poor grip.

Develop Calluses

A lot of people don't like calluses as we have to agree they can be a bit unsightly on the hands and can be a little annoying when you are doing certain tasks.

However, if you practice bar and barbell work, it is important and vital that you grow calluses as they are very important to protecting and keeping your hands safe when you have to grip against hard surfaces.

The calluses form a protective barrier for the softer tissues on your hands and take the pressure when you have to grip hard.

However, even though they are good, it is still recommended that you treat them.

Trim Your Calluses Routinely

As noted in the point above, calluses are important but need to be treated to be effective and safe for your hands.

When you develop calluses, you don't want them to be too hard as it can be painful when that hard area is pressuring your hands.

When you notice they are growing too thick, you need to shave or trim them but not too low. We have designed a tool that is effective in trimming your calluses with ease and comfort.

Using our Callus Remover tool, you can trim the callus by gently shaving the area over your hands.

It has mini grits on the end that when you rub your callus, it does not penetrate too deep to damage the underlying tissues.

However, after trimming, you may notice it has a coarse feeling, but no worries as our Emery Cloth was created to solve this issue.

It has the ability to shave the roughness that may be left on the callus and gives it a smooth feeling. But, when trimming and shaving, ensure you don't go too low as this will destroy the protective purpose they serve.

Moisturize Your Hands After Training

It is important to keep your hands moisturized, especially after you have finished working out.

This will help to reduce the dryness caused by the powder you may have used, and being too dry can cause the calluses to become cracked and then rip.

After working out, please wash your hands to remove any dirt particles which may have accumulated and then soak in warm water to soften them.

This way, they will become less susceptible to tears and damages. Also, when your hands are moist, it helps in removing excess dead skin cells from around the callus when you shave them. 

Your hand is your responsibility, and caring for them will enable you better results from your bar and barbell sports.

There are many before, during, and after hand care practices, you need to indulge in to protect your hands when you do bar and barbell workouts.

Treat your calluses by trimming, shaving and moisturize them periodically or use our handmade all natural organic Healing Salve.


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