These are Crossfit hands but they aren’t the worst that you will see by far. People have torn their hands up and they bleed! The black on my left hand is from the tape on the bar. Our work out of the day (wod) had knees to elbows. I think my knees to elbows look more like knees to belly button! See that spot on my right hand I squished that part in between the bar and the crook of the stand when I was racking my bar. If that makes any sense at all but it hurt.
When your hands rip it just means that you’re new to gripping and lifting either your body weight (chin ups, pull ups, knees to elbows) or weights on a bar. Don’t worry though you can groom your hands and keep them from ripping as bad. A good grip technique will work wonders too.
- Wear weight lifting gloves: although you can still pinch your skin through the gloves, they do help.
- Athletic Tape: you can tape your hands.
- Chalk: no gloves? apply chalk to your hands before a lift to absorb excess moisture.
- Use cuticle scissors to trim your calluses.
- Use a pumice stone to scrub the dead skin off.
- Moisturize after a work out and before bed.
If you don’t take care of those hands they can keep you out of the gym because to grip anything burns!
One of my buddies came in for her first Crossfit work out. She might be in love. We’ll see after the pain sets in. It’s kind of hard to explain to people what a work out is like. She asked me,
“Is it more cardio?”
No not really!
“Is it more weight lifting?”
No not really! It’s more like an ALL over work out, short but high intensity. I think she knows what I mean now.