25 Aug Handy
Are you taking good care of your hands?
If you are into your fitness it is likely you had have the shoes, clothes, accessories and even the sweat band, however if you are not taking care of your hands you are arguably neglecting a fundamental need. This need is comfort, if you are not comfortable on the bar, floor or rings you will not be able to optimise your performance. Tearing your hands should NOT be an option and there are various ways to protect yourself.
Taking care of your hands correctly should be part of your overall fitness regime. Through repeated friction, pressure or irritation, calluses can form on the hands. A callus is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard. These calluses can tear off as a whole with repeated periods of contact with the bar or rings. There are a number of ways to reduce calluses for example using a razor blade or callus shaver. Obviously special care should be taken when using any sharp implements and safety precautions should always be followed.
Chalk is used in Climbing, Olympic lifting, CrossFit, Power Lifting and Gymnastics, however this dries the hands. Drying of the hands can lead to cracking and make the hands more vulnerable to tearing. I always wash my hands after every session to ensure the chalk residue is removed and to prevent an over drying. There is no doubt that moisturising your hands is important. Care should be taken as most cosmetic moisturisers, as these moisturise and soften due to the product often containing lanolin. Over softening hands will likely lead to more tears, therefore a hand treatment without lanolin is often the best choice. My personal preference is a product called Climb On http://skinourishment.com, however there are other products available on the market. I buy these locally from Newcastle Climbing Centre http://www.newcastleclimbingcentre.co.uk as I like to support local business and they always have supply.
There are various offering of hand protection out there, however as seen in the recent 2016 CrossFit Games many people are wearing Natural Grips https://thenaturalgrip.com
Ultimately take care of your hands should be a priority as these are critical points of contact which allow you to undertake the fitness you love.
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