So you lift weights? You’re tough, but are your hands?
You lift and slam bars do pull-ups, swing kettlebells, dumbells and plates all in the name of strength and self improvement, the whole time your hands are by your sides working like tireless tools to see you through.
Spare a thought for your trusty palms because when you rip of a snarly callus you sure as hell know about it. The fear of dunking them in water or ripping more skin off becomes all consuming not to mention pretty gross and your going to struggle to do all the things you love in the gym for a week or so.
I have pulled together a few gems from the world of gymnastics and weightlifting to help you take care of your paws so you can give them a fighting chance of keeping up with your beast mode workouts.
What is a callous?
A thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction.
What can I do to prevent them?
- Moisturize Use a hand lotion every day before bed, to keep the skin on your hands supple and moisturized, dry hands will crack rip and tear. Use alcohol free hand creams to avoid drying the skin further try Burts Bees lotions, or Pure Vitamin E available in Boots as vitamin capsules break them open and rub over hands at night and sleep with cotton gloves on.
- Stunt Growth Avoid large knobby easily ripped callouses growing by shaving or rasping them down with a pumice stone, Ped-Egg or a special Callus shaver. Some crazy folk take to their hands with a Dremel sanding tool but take extreme care!
- Sweat Keep your hands as sweat free as possible by carrying a towel to dry your hands between sets or before applying more chalk.
- Chalk (magnesium carbonate) use small amounts keep your hands dry and aid your grip on heavier weights but try to avoid it on lighter weights as over chalking will cause more friction and increase the chance of tears. Also wash off the chalk straight after use and moisturize.
- Grip, try not to wedge the bar into the palm of the hand pinching the skin near the fingers, try keeping the bar closer to the base of the fingers utilizing finger strength more for your lift.
Too late? Already torn?
Wash immediately with warm mild soapy water and leave the flap attached to
Protect from bacteria and to allow faster healing, keep it moist with Savlon or Vaseline avoiding further splitting and cracking whilst healing.
I also like Compeed products for callouses and blisters that seal the area, are lightly medicated and allow some use of your hands without fear of further infection.
Look after your hands they are the only ones you have and you would be pretty lost without them!
Happy rasping! 😉