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I’m Tough as Nails! Why Shouldn’t I Lift With My Bare Hands?

August 19, 2011 | Filed Under Weightlifting | No Comments

There are several reasons why you need hand protection while lifting, no matter how tough you are. And chances are, you don’t just need just any hand protection; you need the strong, lightweight, moisture-wicking protection of a Gripad standing between you and the rough bars and surfaces of the gym.

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If a few intense barehanded workouts haven’t convinced you that you need to protect those paws, or if you aren’t ready to give up your sweaty, musty, bacteria laden gloves, here are few reasons you might consider making the switch.

1.) First: Safety. Sweaty hands lead to slippery bars, and slippery, heavy bars can easily slide out of control. Chalk can help a little bit, but chalk is messy and wears off fast. Besides, chalk may protect your noggin or your foot from workout gear that slides out of your control, but it can’t protect your hands from abrasions, blisters and calluses. Read on.

2.) Second: Abrasions, blisters and calluses. Every injury to the skin leaves us vulnerable to infection, and as all athletes know, small injuries can lead to big ones. Not only are damaged hands painful, they can compromise performance. And of course, when your hands hurt, your motivation levels aren’t where they should be.

3.) Third: Style. Girls like men with rough, calloused hands, right? Wrong. Girls find them gross. Everybody does. A proper gentleman has a chiseled body and is ready for action, but his suit looks sharp and his hands are pleasant to touch. And the rules are the same for women– There’s no classier impression than that of a shapely, muscular body combined with an elegant handshake.

4.) Finally: Gloves are out. Strip off those musty, clammy gloves and slip on a fun, flexible Gripad. Your hands will thank you!

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