We have all experienced this at one point: after your last set of toes 2 bar you look down at your hands and all you see is a massacre: you ripped a callus.
Which brings me straight away to an important rule: don’t EVER look at your hands during a WOD.
By the way: ripped hands are not a badge of honor. It’s a badge of “crap, now I can’t do crossFit properly for a few days”. It’s DUMB, mmmkay?
So let’s have a look at what to do about it!
What is a callus?
Great, the tougher the skin, the better right?
When a callus thickens, it becomes less flexible. So combine that with a friction movement and it will result in ripping it off. The best thing to do, it to maintain your calluses frequently, and there are a few ways to do that:
You can get one of these for cheap at any drugstore like Etos, Kruidvat, etc.
Use it carefully, and it will get rid of the thickest part of the calluses very easily.
It’s Sabine’s favorite method, but she is a little freaky. Bas too, and he’s just plain crazy.
Does the trick as well, although not as accurately as the shaver.
Rene uses this method, he also eats pumice stones for breakfast (they are vegan)
Afterwards use a simple hand cream to take care of the skin.
Some brands to look into are: Burt’s Bees, Revive, Rip Fix and Climb On.
Cheaper stuff: uierzalf (yep, that’s udder cream) or regular handcream.
There are various styles of grips to protect your hands, you can even make your own. At Mobilis we sell leather gymnastics grips for €15,- a pair, AND they have our awesome logo on it:
The regular white sports tape works really well to either make grips with, or tape your fingers for example. We sell rolls of tape for €5 each.
Magnesium, or less of it, rather
You might think magnesium gives you superpowers, and may be it does a little, but using too much of the stuff is not only expensive (yes, it costs money!) but it also dries out your hands, making them more susceptible to rips.
Use it sparingly and only when you know you need it.
Still have a rip like Bas had?
Remove the excess skin as much as you can, and make sure you disinfect it properly
Cover with a regular bandaid, or use the special blister bandaids, like Compeed.
Stay rip-free, Coach Sabine