5 Ways to Protect Your Hands While Weightlifting
If you’re into lifting weights regularly, you know the toll this form of fitness has on your hands. If only there was a way to still lift heavy, without damaging your hands. Well, we’ve put together 5 proven tips to help you protect your hands while weightlifting!
Weightlifting is a form of exercise that men and women alike can benefit from. After all, it increases your strength, improves your bone density, provides you with lean muscle mass, and improves your overall confidence.
While some wear their calluses with pride, others would prefer to keep their hands smooth and protected while achieving their latest P.R. Fortunately, there’s no need to abandon your favorite activity if you fear that it puts your hands at risk of being ripped apart. There ARE ways to minimize and treat potential damage that the barbell (or dumbbell) can cause. Check out our top 5 way to protect your hands while lifting:
1. Moisturize Your Hands to Soften Calluses:
It may seem like this is a no-brainer, but when you’re dealing with lifting iron you may need something a little more heavy duty. You can DIY your own healing hand salve at home. A good mix to start off with includes the herbs meadowsweet and calendula. Meadowsweet consists of anti-inflammatory properties and calendula helps soothe and heal rough skin. Add some coconut oil and beeswax to the mix for extra moisture and you’re good to go!
3. Smooth Your Skin With a Pumice Stone:
Another easy idea to keep your hands smooth and treat calluses, is to carefully scrape them away with a pumice stone after showering, when your skin is wet and softened. Depending on how thick the callus is, this can take a few weeks to clear up. After removing the calluses, it’s important to lock in moisture by applying either a lotion or your oil of choice, such as coconut oil.
3.Use Weight Lifting Gloves:
One of the best ways to prevent calluses from appearing is by wearing gym gloves, with or without wrist wraps. Weightlifting gloves allow gym go-ers to lift with a better grip and comfortably without sweat getting in the way. RIMSports’ gloves are made from fabric that is breathable, so less perspiration accumulates and your hands move freely when lifting weights. In addition, weightlifting gloves such as these offer support for those who have weaker wrists.
4. Focus on Grip Strength
Often calluses develop because you may be gripping the barbell the wrong way. If you have weak wrists and forearms, this can lead to pain and discomfort when lifting. In this case, it may benefit you to practice on improving your grip strength. Such exercises include hanging from a pull up bar, reverse curls with an EZ bar, and farmers carries with Kettlebells (or dumbbells). In fact, studies have found that having great grip strength is an indicator of good health.
5. Cover Your Hands with Chalk:
Rub some chalk on your hands next time before you handle weights. Chalk is an effective way to keep your grip strong and sweat-free. When shopping for gym chalk, keep in mind that it’s different than chalk a teacher uses in a classroom. Instead, what you want to look for is chalk made up of Magnesium Carbonate, such as the RIMSports White. The reason being that the substance is insoluble in water. In other words, your hands dipped in this chalk will stay nice and dry no matter how sweaty they are. It may be messy, but you’ll be glad you used it when you start lifting heavier and achieving new P.Rs.