How to Stay Rip-Free During the 2020 Open\nWith the 2020 Open fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to get in the best shape possible. While your physical strength and endurance are probably at the front of your mind as you are preparing, there’s another piece of the puzzle that needs just as much attention: your hand care routine.\nThe intensity of the Open will demand a lot of you physically, and your skin and hands need to be prepared to handle the pressure. Whether you are planning to compete in the open or just complete the workout, hands that are left uncared for are prone to tears. At that point, you’ll have to put your goals to rest for the year.\nIt is all about taking preventative steps when it comes to avoiding hand tears. Like all of the top athletes, you’ll need to establish an athlete hand care system to keep your skin in the best shape and keep you performing at your best during competitions. Thankfully, hand care is easy – you just need to implement a few simple steps into your routine.\nThe Skin Care Steps to Avoid Hand Tears\nThe first thing you need to tackle in your hand care routine is your calluses. Calluses that have built up too much are prone to ripping. It is important to shave them down regularly so that they stay in-line with the rest of your hand. Most athletes will need to do this around once a week. Pay attention to your calluses to see when they need a bit of help, and be sure to get your callus care in before your workout – don’t put it off.\nWhen calluses are shaved down to the same level as the rest of your hand, they still provide a layer that serves to protect your skin from any aggressors – but they aren’t at the brink of tearing. There are two primary options that you can try out to take care of your calluses:\n● Pumice Stone: The pumice stone is a popular tool that helps to exfoliate the top layer of a callus. The rough surface of the stone can gently remove just the right amount of skin. The w.o.d.welder Natural Pumice Stone is a reliable option for any crossfit athlete looking to take care of their calluses. It is irregularly shaped and more porous than what you’ll find at the drugstore – meaning it is more abrasive, more durable, and will last much longer.\n● Callus Shaver: The callus shaver is another option that many athletes turn to for callus care. It works by shaving off the top layer of skin of the callus. The w.o.d.welder Callus Shaver has a protective safety guard, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally shaving too deep. It also requires little maintenance, as the blades only need to be replaced every 2-3 months.\nThe other key part of an effective hand care routine is adding moisture back to your skin. Lifting and bar work can do a lot of damage to the skin when it comes to hydration. From the chalk to the friction of the equipment against your hands, you can lose moisture in the skin fast.\nSkin that is dry is much more prone to injuries and hand rips, so it is important to counteract this when you are participating in the competitions (and during your normal workouts) by using a daily hand moisturizer. Our Hands as RX Cream is an ideal option. It absorbs into the skin quickly, so you can use it at any time of the day – without worrying about that greasy feeling that comes with most moisturizers. There are three sizes available, including a travel bottle, so you can easily throw it in your gym bag for your post-workout hydration needs. Be sure to also lather up at night so that you can wake up with well-hydrated hands.\nKeeping Hands Protected During the 2020 Open\nIt is also smart to put a few practices in play during the Open (as well as your normal workouts) that will keep your hands protected.\nIf your hands are still on the softer side and you haven’t built up your calluses, you’ll need to head into the Open with a game plan to keep your hands rip-free. Soft skin is just as prone to tears as skin with overly thick calluses, so you need to take measures to protect your hands. Grips are the perfect option for athletes in this category. They will keep your hands protected from the repetitive movements you’ll encounter during the Open, so you won’t have to worry about the harsh friction of your skin against equipment.\nAthletes of all levels will also need to make sure they are paying attention to their hands and taking a break when necessary. Competitions are intense, and might provide a challenge our hands aren’t used to. If at any point you feel like your hands are about to rip, tap out and take a breather to assess the situation.\nThe key to avoiding hand tears during competitions and all of your workouts is putting practices in place that keep your skin and calluses in the best shape. By preparing with these simple tools and steps, you’ll be able to meet your goals crush your way through, all while staying injury-free.