5-4-3-2-1 minute intervals of:
6 knees to elbows
9 plate thrusters 25/45
1 minute rest between intervals
Over the past week we’ve seen some pretty gnarly blisters on the hands of our athletes. Ripped open hands are not cool people! They inhibit your training for the remainder of the week. It is your job and responsibility as an athlete to learn how to maintain your hands so that the can go to work for you, day in day out at Roots.
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:
- Wash you hands as soon as possible after a workout in which you used chalk. Follow-up with a good alcohol-free moisturizer.
- Keep your hands hydrated – drink water, use lotion (lotion your hands while reading an email – see, multitasking!)
- 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!
Lightning fast burpees!
My learning from Monday: when doing pull-ups, grip the bar with the tough, callused part of the hand and fingers, not the soft part of the hand below the cross-palm crease.
Wallgreens over at 30th and Walnut has (or had) the Tweezerman SSCS. My learning from the first day of having the shaver: it is not advisable to try changing blades next to the sink when the drain does not have a cover.
Burpees for who? Me? I mean for real Nicole (or Eric) – is torture your MO? I obviously need to use reverse psychology on you like I use on my . . . children! I love burpees, they are my favorite, I wish I did them everyday.
Be careful what you wish for Blakely! You might actually end up having to do them every day.
Thanks for the tips! Hope these things heal soon!