Workout of the Day:
Three rounds for time of:
20 Push Presses (Men=105-125, Women=75-85)
10 Ring Dips
Ripped Hands Are Not Cool
Written by Mike Hom
I have done it. Many of our members have done it. It comes with the territory. But, contrary to popular belief, ripping your hands up is not a sign of hardcore-ness – even if you take a photo of them and post them on a website. It is, however, a clear and obvious sign of voluminous friction and pressure that overwhelms your skin’s ability to protect itself. Look, working out will rough up your hands; there is no argument there. But there has to be a harmony with your training and some of the unfortunate damage your body will take from it.
If your hands are mangled, you simply cannot train the way you want to until they heal. Heck, try doing everyday things like taking a shower, washing your hands, or washing your dirty dishes. I’m sure those holes that are missing chunks of flesh will thank you for the attention. So, the next time you feel your hands are on the verge of losing skin or if they already have experienced a loss of skin, be smart about it. STOP THE ACTIVITY CAUSING THE RIPPING!
Ok, lets assume for a second that you have some healthy callouses that have formed and you have no tears. Well, depending on the workout, there is a chance you will tear those callouses as mounds of lumpy, tough skin catch very easily in situations where there is friction and pressure. To mitigate this, take care of your callouses. Some ways to maintain your callouses include the following:
- Grating – Find a callous grater at your local drug store or apothecary
- Dremel – A bit extreme but for $15 bucks, you will have a fast and speedy utility to quickly sand those callouses down
- Ped egg – I felt pretty emasculated buying this thing, but after hearing accolades from some guys and girls about this, I went out and bought one. It has become my favorite callous maintenance tool. It is basically the same as a grater but the grating mesh is finer and the thing collects the grated skin dust that you create until you’re ready to dispose.
Let’s re-cap. Ripped hands are not cool. They are not hardcore. They are an impediment to your training. If you rip your hands, stop the activity that is putting friction and/or pressure on your hands. If you have excessive callous development, maintain them by shaving them down. Simple!