The commitment to weight lifting and strongman will inevitably make your hands rough, calloused and, well, ugly. But, those ugly hands are a badge of honor showing that you’ve spent some quality time with the barbell, pull-up bar and frame.
I did some heavy deadlifts this weekend with a bar that had some serious teeth. I happened to notice my hands today and they’re looking a little rougher than normal. My calluses are starting to build up and even peel a bit. Yes, it’s gross.
Pumice it Up: When you notice your calluses are getting pretty raised and thick, it’s time to break out the pumice stone. Yes, the same one you use on your feet. Best thing to do is to let them first get softened in water. So, here’s my excuse to take a hot Epsom salt bath or warm shower. Go ahead and wash your hair and shave your legs to give those hands some time to soften up. Then, take a pumice stone and just gently rub across your calluses. Go both directions (up and down then left and right.) And don’t forget the calluses in the middle of your hands (thanks, frame carry.) The stone will remove some of the thickened skin (gross.) Now don’t get carried away and rub super hard, just pumice the rough spots down.
Lotion Up: Everybody knows chalk dries your hands out (that’s why it’s awesome for deadlifting.) however, that’s also why it’s bad for your hand care. So, be sure to lotion up your hands throughout the day and keep them good and moisturized.
Now, if you’re diligent about your hand care and stay on top of your calluses, you shouldn’t have to deal with a torn callus. But if you do, it hurts like the dickens. And it’s hard to hold a barbell when your hands are torn. Yuck again. But tell a fit girl she can’t workout because her calluses are ripped – yeah right.
I can not stress enough how important hand care is. Take it from the voice of experience here. Don’t neglect your hands.
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