This is very true. Rarely do the planets align so.
Funnily enough, I have never had a callous cut either. I used to wear gloves for all my training back in the day but ditched them after a while. I probably wouldn't be putting myself in the firing line as much as the crossfit guys in terms of callous tears though.
For deadlifting, I think chalk is defo the way to go due to its anti-persperant qualities. Definately enables you to get the most from your grip.
What are peoples opinions on wraps for deadlifting when you start lifting heavier. Are they worthwhile or just counterproductive? Should they be used in the same manner as a belt (i.e. when you put a certain amount of weight on the bar, should you use them)?
They are hardening without a doubt because i tried a rep the other day without them, it burned like **** but no tear. im still getting callouses without tears. By the end of the month the gloves will be gone.
But the only time i dropped the bar was with a double overhand grip, haven't once dropped it since changing to over & under
When that point comes along they will be hardened already.
Going on about gloves and purses is soundbiting. If this thread was deadlifts are ripping my shins apart everyone be saying wear football socks. Football socks have no use apart from protecting your shins. Gloves for the time being protect my callouses. They still harden slowly on squats and bench. I have no problem with grip near my max so all this dropping the bar stuff won't apply for a while yet, by which time the hands will be hardened and the gloves discarded. Till then, ill keep using.
Hey look do what you want. But for the purposes of this thread being read by countless other people with soft hands I can't just sit back and leave it be.
All your advice is based on assumptions, you assume your hands are hardening, you assume at the end of the month you'll have a set of hands able for your deadlifts. I've been to calous city, bought a mug and a t-shirt, and I can tell you your hand troubles haven't been fixed by the gloves.
You say you did a rep with no tear, you won't get a tear after one rep. Try a few weeks of repeated deadlifting on your previously gloved hands and come back to me.
I am not assuming they are hardening, i can see and feel the evidence. Plenty of callouses but as i said callouses aren't/weren't the problem. The problem was i did get tears and pretty bad tears at that from one rep, i was not used to that weight or the olympic bar and in turn i wouldn't of been able to repeatedly deadlift for few a weeks had i not stuck the gloves on.
Gladly. You said you have been to callous city, what did you do when you got multiple tears on your hands? Did you repeatedly deadlift for a few weeks with them?
ah ya!! i've bled all over countless bars(and no it wasnt my TOM). suck it up man
Just let them heal. How long between your deadlift sessions? If it's once a week, all but the worst tear should be pretty ok within a week. If not, just skip a week. 2 weeks off will have it healed right up. You aren't going to be skipping them all the time this is just to get used to things. The effect of cycling damaging your hands with letting them heal is what is going to put the hard skin on them.
I guess the problem was i was deadlifting 3 times a week mainly due to not having access to a squat rack (home gym) Basically replacing squats with deads. I now have the squat rack so am cutting back on the deadlift sessions dramatically which in turn will give the hands time to heal effectively. I guess the gloves were what was most convenient at the time to keep me training
I imagine deadlifting heavy thrice weekly would not be could for you. Deadlifts put a serious amount of stress on CNS, and as far as i knew took you more than two days to recover fully from (correct me if i'm wrong).
Compromise? Use leather gloves to protect palms with exposed fingers for grip?
Same with grip sports like hurling. When you start (or start up again after a break) your skin gets torn to shreds. You give your hands a break for a few days and start again. You could use your bare hands to lift and then give them a rest for a few days by wearine gloves and take the gloves off again once they have healed a little. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is when you use your hands for grip, you have to develop them to do the job. Like with strap supports, by avoiding an issue you can create more hassle for yourself down the road. I would develop my hands first, even if it means taking time out from using them whilst they toughen up
You are correct i would be absolutely shattered and probably went a bit backwards during it. Looking back wouldn't do it that much again, sometimes less is more.
My main calluses are on my palm so it would still be covered by the glove. like the middle circle here
here is the beastskills page mentioned earlier
I use a stanley blade to get mine, you have to be very careful though, the beastskills is safer.
A gymnastic coach has more tips
I only tore a callus once on monkey bars, that is a lot of movement so is a bit different. You will see gymnasts use "grips".
There is stuff called titegrip, it has antiperspirant and chalk and other stuff. You can get that antiperspirant in chemists, called driclor or perspirex, it is amazingly strong stuff.
(warning picture of a pole dancer on the home page!)
Also the label on the liquid chalk I saw seemed to be just alcohol and chalk, you could probably make your own, but it needs to be high % alcohol so it dries off quickly.