Contrary to the machismo central to CrossFit, ripped hands are not cool. And, if you’re taking care of your hands, they shouldn’t happen. That’s why proper hand care is crucial.
I’m not talking soft hands; you need your hands to be tough enough to handle our rigorous workouts. But you also need to find a happy medium between tough and calluses the size of marbles. Otherwise, when you’re hanging on the bar doing pullups, toes-to-bar, or other gymnastic moves, those calluses will rip right off.
Here’s what I do to protect my hands (and I never tear):
- Moisturize daily. The worst thing is dry skin, which creates the perfect environment for growing calluses. This is particularly important in the winter. If your hands are really dry, moisturize them when you go to bed and sleep with socks over your hands.
- Shave your calluses once a week. This keeps the skin from building up too far. I use this callus remover.
- Use a Ped Eggas needed to remove dead skin and keep your hands smooth. Just don’t overdo it!
Let me know if you have any questions or want a quick hand appraisal!