We've been doing a lot of workouts recently that are grip intensive recently. And I don't know about you, but my hands have taken a beating. They're sore, my calluses hurt, and last week I ripped 3 times. While rips are unavoidable sometimes, there are things you can do that will lessen you chances of ripping.
1. Shave your calluses down - a razor that you use to shave, can be used on your hands to shave down your calluses when they build up too much. This is the big cause of rips! When your calluses don't match the surface of the rest of your hand, that creates tension on the edges of your calluses. There's only so much your skin can take before it gives and you tear.
2. After you shave them, smooth them out - Buy a pummice stone and once you're done shaving down your calluses, smooth out the skin so that there's no excess pieces that might catch and tear open.
3. Moisturize! - Keep your hands soft. Dry skin can crack and cracks take longer to heal than normal tears. They're usually deeper and in spots where your skin is meant to stretch, which means they will open up again and again.
So what happens if you do all this regularly and you still tear?
1. Clean it out - I know soap burns and Bactine is killer. But make sure you spend a good amount of time cleaning out the tear to reduce the risk of bacteria getting in there and causing an infection.
2. Trim excess skin - Use some clippers or nail scissors to trim away any flaps or excess skin post tear. Don't pull it off! This can lead to pulling off more skin than necessary and making a larger tear. No bueno!
3. Bandage it - Put some Neosporin on the rip and cover it with a bandage. After a day or so, you can let the rip breathe a little but you want to keep the area clean and whenever possible try to moisturize the new skin.
4. Make sure you clean off any equipment you touched during the workout - Nobody wants to pick up a bloody barbell or find a mysterious blood spot on the pull up rig/floor/platform. (It's kind of gross...)
Keep your hand game strong folks!
Don't be this guy!
A. Every 90 seconds for 6 rounds:
1 2-position paused clean
*2 count pause above the knee and just off the floor
*use the same weight across the last 4 rounds
B. AMRAP 12
10 double unders
3 clean & jerks (135/95)
20 double unders
6 clean & jerks
30 double unders
9 clean & jerks
*keep climbing the ladder, adding 10 double unders and 3 clean & jerks every round
Posted by Megan