Take Care of Your Hands!    June 23 2013

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For time:
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

deadlift (135/95)
toes-2-bar
burpee

Contrary

Contrary to popular CrossFit community belief, ripped and mangled bloody hands are NOT cool or a sign of how hardcore you are.

Take Care of Your Hands!

Summer is here and the weather is hot and dry.  That means your hands need even more TLC to keep them primed and ready for any pull-up that comes your way.

Contrary to popular CrossFit community belief, ripped and mangled bloody hands are NOT cool or a sign of how hardcore you are.  They are a sign of neglect and inhibit your training for at least a week!

With proper love, care, and affection you too can have well-kept, 100-pull-up-strong, blister-proof hand calluses. All it takes is a measly 2 minutes every few days with a hand razor.  

Here are some tips:

1. Wash you hands as soon as possible after a workout in which you used chalk. Follow-up with a good alcohol-free moisturizer.

2. Keep your hands hydrated – drink water, use a lotion that will help keep them hydrated

3. Use a hand razor to sand/shave down and smooth over calluses. Eric has also used his Dremel tool to shave them down.

With a hand razor, the goal is not to completely remove the calluses but to prevent them from becoming really large tough bumps of skin on your hand. In a workout on the pull-up bar, those tough bumps rub against the soft skin underneath and cause friction. This friction creates heat, a blister forms, and then wham!, you’ve lost all of the tough skin that once protected your hand.

Keep those calluses in check and working FOR you!

Here’s a link to the Tweezerman Safety Slide Callus Shaver. Every CrossFit house should have one.

How do you keep your hands ready for anything?  Post to comments.