Maximize Your Workouts: Tips for Keeping Your Hands Healthy and Strong

March 21, 2023
Maximize Your Workouts: Tips for Keeping Your Hands Healthy and Strong

Weightlifting, or any strength and conditioning workout, are activities that require the use of your hands to get the most out of each lift or pull. Unfortunately, taking care of your hands for these exercises can be a forgotten aspect. To optimize performance and prevent injury, it's important to take proper care of your hands when weightlifting. With the right approach, you can keep your hands healthy and strong to get the most out of your workout routine.

Here are a few ways to take care of your hands to prevent rough and damaged hands. 

1. Wear hand grips for protection – grips create a consistent stick, helping prevent slipping while also protecting your hands/palms during pull-ups, muscle-ups, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, snatches, and just about any other movement known to cause rips and abrasions. Check out these grips

2. Keep them clean – After each workout session, make sure to properly clean your hands with soap and water. This will help to reduce the risk of infection.

3. Moisturize – Moisturizing your hands prevents them from drying out due to the constant contact with weights. We love O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream.

4. Monitor for injuries – Pay close attention to how your hands are looking. If you notice any tears in the skin, make sure to treat before going into another workout.

Uh-oh I have calluses. Now what? 

So, you’ve done all the heavy lifting along with pull ups for days, and now you are starting to see some build up of skin above your palm. Many people think calluses are a bad thing, but they are actually helpful in protecting your palm during your workouts. The problems start occuring when your calluses are too thick or too thin.

When you’re calluses become to thick, our favorite way to combat the issue is to use a pumice stone to scrub them down.

How to use a pumice stone:

By taking care of your hands before and after working out, you can build healthy hands that will help you perform better in the gym.

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