Skin Tears: An Ounce of Prevention
If your daily grind doesn’t build callused hands, you aren’t alone. Many of us spend our days typing on keyboards and gripping steering wheels. However, whether your work toughens up your hands or not, there’s one place that always will: the gym. This is especially true if you spend a majority of your workouts using bars, kettlebells, or rowers. Gripping any bar pinches the skin on your palm and fingers, and the skin will start to build calluses. However, it’s common to suffer blisters and tears as well.
Though many athletes display their bloodied, blistered, and torn palms with pride, the fact of the matter is, roughed-up skin is not your friend at the gym. In fact, you should do everything possible to keep your hands smooth as possible. Of course, that doesn’t mean that calluses are a bad thing. Carefully-maintained calluses are a must!
Protect Your Hands During Your W.O.D.
Cultivating a healthy lifestyle can feel like a never-ending battle. The minute you get your meals set, work pushes your sleep schedule out of line. You get your sleep schedule back in place and then you rip up your palms doing a high-rep workout. Whatever your story may be, building good habits can make all the difference in the world when it comes to sticking with a healthy lifestyle. Here are some habits that will ensure your hands stay healthy when you’re dealing with life’s chaos.
Pay attention to your grip
- Does the way you grip the bar encourage blisters and tears? If you grab the bar so it rests in the middle of your palm, you’re pushing a lot of extra skin into your crease, which will definitely speed the development of tears and blisters. Instead of putting the bar smack across the middle of your palm, nestle the bar within the crease. Consider wrapping your thumbs around the bar or tucking them under your index and middle fingers to reduce friction and stabilize your hand.
- Chances are good that you won’t have a problem starting out with a good grip, but when you’re halfway through an AMRAP and the clock is ticking, it’s easy to get sloppy. Fight to be deliberate and consistent from start to finish, and you’ll not only avoid significant injury, you’ll keep your hands in better shape.
Consider tape, grips, chalk, and gloves.
- Whether you use any of the above items is up to you. Some purists avoid them at all costs, but other people have used them in different combinations forever. You are free to determine what will work best for you. Your preferences may change depending on the workout. For instance, if you’re headed into a high-rep workout, it may be a good idea to protect your hands. You can also pause mid-workout to add protective measures.
- We want to emphasize that chalk is a double-edged blade. It can be a lifesaver, but it can also dry your skin out and encourage tears to happen faster. Only use chalk on the skin that will make contact with the equipment and avoid putting your entire hand in the chalk bucket.
Handle blisters correctly.
- Blisters often come before calluses, but they really can show up at any point. The best way to handle a blister depends on the circumstances. For instance, if you develop a blister but you know you’ll have a few days for it to heal before you work out again, there’s no need to pop it. If you’re mid-workout and you feel a blister beginning to form, consider covering the area or switching up your movement to prevent the blister from getting worse. If you’ve got a workout coming up, it’s worth popping the blister and making sure it’s clean and covered for the workout. This is better than having the blister pop on its own mid-workout.
Moisturize regularly and well.
- Your skin is your biggest organ and your first defense against infection. Making a habit of keeping it strong with moisturizer will always work out for you. W.O.D. Welder is here to provide the very best hand repair cream and more, products that are easy to integrate into your daily routine for wonderful results.
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