Week of 7/27 – 8/1
Category : Weekly Blog
I wanted to write about hand care in this week’s email. I’m going to provide a quick summary, but feel free to read this article from the CrossFit Journal for details: “Hand Rips: Causes, Treatment and Prevention”
“There are basically two qualities that make your hands susceptible to ripping. Your chances increase a lot if you’ve got either a) soft hands with little or no callus build-up or b) too much callus buildup that makes bumps or ridges on the surface of your hands. You need the happy medium—deep but smooth and supple calluses that protect the hands but remain intact when working.”
For new athletes, or athletes with soft hands, the goal is to slowly build up good, healthy, protective calluses on your hands. Once you have developed this protective layer, you must maintain the overall thickness of the skin, so that it is smooth and there are no ridges. Ridges and rough spots lead to rips 🙁 The best time to groom your hands is after a hot shower.
“…I simply ask [my students] to get a callus stone (you can buy one at any drug store), and gently sand the callus down even with the rest of the skin. Remember, whenever you groom or shave your calluses, don’t overdo it, since you don’t want to go too deep into your skin. Always leave enough thick skin so to facilitate your workout the following day. The goal is to maintain an even and consistent thickness of hard skin throughout the entire palm.”
One other piece of advice:
Avoid the “white glove approach”. Use some chalk. Just enough to prevent slippage. Don’t go overboard!
That’s it! As always please reach out with any questions.
PS: I’ve had a few prospective students ask me recently how I would describe Jab CrossFit. I usually tell people that we are a Family CrossFit gym and by that I mean that we welcome people of all ages and athletic abilities. From the “never-been” an athlete, to current UW athletes, to the former athlete. We welcome all of them and provide a friendly atmosphere, with safe and well-designed programming that includes warm up, mobility, strength and metabolic conditioning to improve their health and fitness through CrossFit.
Is that accurate? How would you describe Jab to a friend or prospective student?