Are you a weightlifter, rower, or even a Gymnast? Are you a beginner or has it been a while since you touched a barbell, pull-up bar, or even dumbbells? Find out why you should give special importance to your hands to prevent them from tearing! It would be a shame if that slowed down your progress.
Here are our top 5 tips for preparing and caring for your gym hands. They need regular attention in order to maintain optimal conditions for training and competition. Remember to check them at least once a day, they will thank you.
1. Trim your calluses.
Calluses form as a result of working with dumbbells, kettlebells, pull-ups, rope climbs, etc. It is actually a natural process. Our body adapts to training by making our hands harder and more resilient. However, a build-up of hard skin (corn) or calluses is what initially causes pain in the hands.
Tips: One of the best ways to prevent callus buildup and hand injuries is to apply a callus performance healing salve to keep it moisturized and to fasten the healing of the wound.
It has happened to you at least once to grab a barbell or pull-up bar and have that uncomfortable feeling in the palm of your hand. If you don't remove the excess skin, it will inevitably lead to tears and blisters. While it's important to let your hands build up some resistance, too much callus buildup can actually hurt you and slow your progress.
We recommend that you trim the callus from your hands with a callus performance remover tool. This is a great way to make the affected surfaces smoother. Avoid using a nail clipper, nail nippers, or a rasp. Because it can go too deep and could make your hands more fragile and spoil the work they did to become more resilient. By taking care of your hands regularly, you will prevent tearing, which will allow you to stay focused on your training.
2. Watch out for your blisters
Blisters are caused by continuous rubbing of the hands-on surface. Pull-ups are usually the main culprit! The first thing to do if you have a blister is to file it. Yes, it can be unpleasant, but if you don't it is likely to get irritated, become more painful, and tear, which will slow down the healing process. Remember to use a professional callus performance remover tool to file it.
3. Moisturize your hands
If your skin is not well hydrated, cracks in the folds of your hands can be created giving way to germs, fungi, and therefore infections. Keeping your skin hydrated will help prevent this kind of annoyance as well as tearing. There are many balms that can moisturize calluses and the surrounding skin, and at the same time protect your hands from bacteria. Prefer those made from natural ingredients such as olive oil, beeswax, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils. It will keep your hands healthy, supple, and hydrated.
Callus performance healing salve has various natural and organic ingredients that help in fastening the healing process. Remember that prevention is always the best medicine!
4. Use the correct grip
In the gym, your “grip”, more commonly known as “grip”, changes from exercise to exercise. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about what grip you're going to use for each exercise in your gym? A bad grip (too wide or too tight a grip) can, for example, cause your hands to tear.
To avoid this kind of problem, do not hesitate to adjust your grip during a repetition. The torn hand will have more of a bad impact than the fraction of a second it takes to adjust your grip.
5. Maintain your hands
Be regular! Make it a ritual. Do what is necessary to get back to your gym as quickly as possible. Obviously, all athletes go through this. Neglecting the maintenance of your hands can one day or the other slow down your progress. This is why taking care of your hands outside the box is extremely important, just as it is just as important to listen to your body during training.
Calluses are a natural occurrence that prevents internal skin from damaging due to continuous friction or pressure. To avoid delays in training, you also need to treat them. Follow the above tips to treat your calluses and contact us to know more about them.