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Hands, Grip, Chalk and Gloves

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  • 06-06-2011 4:11pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭


    I have a desk job so my hands aren't really used to the stresses of weightlifting.

    My routine now includes chinups, pullups, hanging leg raises, hanging shrugs, dumbbell shrugs, etc.

    I've noticed that I'm starting to get hard skin at the bottom of each finger. Before I progress any further, I thought I'd post this thread.

    Basically, is it a case of:
    • Man Up, this will happen and you're hands will get used to it; or
    • This is the purpose of chalk, buy yourself some; or
    • This is the purpose of weightlifting gloves, you're going to need them eventually anyway so buy yourself some

    Also, just for us newbies, can you clear up what the purpose of chalk versus gloves is and at what point in your training you need to start considering each?
    I just want to make sure I'm doing things right from the get-go.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Don't buy gloves, buy chalk.

    It won't prevent the callouses but it will stop them tearing. Let them harden up, they're there for a reason. Mine used to tear all the time but they hardly ever do now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭marathonic


    G86 wrote: »
    Don't buy gloves, buy chalk.

    It won't prevent the callouses but it will stop them tearing. Let them harden up, they're there for a reason. Mine used to tear all the time but they hardly ever do now.

    Do you have any recommended sources for chalk?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    marathonic wrote: »
    Do you have any recommended sources for chalk?

    Wouldn't have a clue tbh, do they not have any in your gym?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭marathonic


    G86 wrote: »
    Wouldn't have a clue tbh, do they not have any in your gym?

    Nah, I haven't seen any anyway. I'll keep an eye out next time but it's doubtful if they don't even have a power rack :eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,256 ✭✭✭Molly


    You should keep your callouses in check by filing them down. I use a ped egg for doing it. For chalk you can get it in any outdoor shop where they sell climbing gear.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,919 ✭✭✭✭Gummy Panda


    marathonic wrote: »
    Nah, I haven't seen any anyway. I'll keep an eye out next time but it's doubtful if they don't even have a power rack :eek:

    I know you use myprotein from your posts in nutrition so next time you order whey from myprotein pick up liquid chalk from them.

    Also if you live in Dublin, I believe there is a martial arts supply store on capel st that does it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    marathonic wrote: »
    Nah, I haven't seen any anyway. I'll keep an eye out next time but it's doubtful if they don't even have a power rack :eek:

    You in Dublin? They might sell it in the supplement shop beside The Fitness Dock on Camden Street - I remember someone mentioning it before.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭marathonic


    G86 wrote: »
    You in Dublin? They might sell it in the supplement shop beside The Fitness Dock on Camden Street - I remember someone mentioning it before.

    nah, I live in a megacity in the north of Donegal.... lol

    just had a look at the myProtein liquid chalk. I'll definately buy some with my next order. The only problem is, it says it's unflavoured :confused:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,919 ✭✭✭✭Gummy Panda


    marathonic wrote: »
    nah, I live in a megacity in the north of Donegal.... lol

    just had a look at the myProtein liquid chalk. I'll definately buy some with my next order. The only problem is, it says it's unflavoured :confused:

    I think everything is listed with the flavour option as thats how their database is set up. My shakers and scoops were unflavoured too I think


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,333 ✭✭✭✭itsallaboutheL


    Don't let your callouses build up like was suggested. Get a pumice stone or a nail file and file them down, moisturiser wouldn't be a bad idea either.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭G86


    Don't let your callouses build up like was suggested. Get a pumice stone or a nail file and file them down, moisturiser wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    Letting them 'build up' wasn't suggested.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    marathonic wrote: »
    nah, I live in a megacity in the north of Donegal.... lol

    just had a look at the myProtein liquid chalk. I'll definately buy some with my next order. The only problem is, it says it's unflavoured :confused:

    It takes a while, but you get used to the taste.
    Don't let your callouses build up like was suggested. Get a pumice stone or a nail file and file them down, moisturiser wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    +1

    Callouses don't tear on the callous. The surrounding skin tears. It tears because of the disparity in ability to handle load between the soft skin and tough callous. The closer you keep that gap, the less likely you are to tear one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,256 ✭✭✭Molly


    Not everything here is applicable to you marathonic but it's worth watching.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17 strongbell


    where can you get that stuff hes on about in the video?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,333 ✭✭✭✭itsallaboutheL


    strongbell wrote: »
    where can you get that stuff hes on about in the video?

    They're attached to the ends of your arms.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,025 ✭✭✭d'Oracle


    strongbell wrote: »
    where can you get that stuff hes on about in the video?

    Chalk on lifting site or outdoor shop.
    Moisturiser, pummice, tape & soap in a Pharmacy.


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