Proper Hand Care in a Pull up, Barbell & Hard-core Workout World

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It’s painful to tear your hands, and it’s equally annoying to hear you whine about it. These tools will prevent you from ripping, entering a world of pain, and thus whining. To help give your hands some respect, here is what you need in your soft-hand arsenol. It’s my recommendation that you use these tools weekly or as you notice menacing looks when you greet someone with a handshake. Now, let’s get you ready for soft hand shakes and non-revengeful high-fives.

Your tool kit should include:

1. Tweezerman callus shaver

Buy me!! Your hands will thank you later

Buy me!! Your hands will thank you later

which you can purchase at Walgreens or here:

The Tweezerman is going to remove the skin that is on your calluses (surprise, you don’t need it!) There is nothing tough about this, there should be no pain or tears involved if you shave exactly as I tell you.

1. Apply lotion to your hands and let it dry. Usually 2 minutes.
2. Grab the shaver by handle.
3. Hold the shaver to your palm with the tip above the calluses. Shave in
slow, downward strokes towards the bottom of your hand. Apply a
reasonable amount of pressure to make sure the blade gets to the
skin. But don’t try to shave your hand off. Shave only parallel to your
fingers to avoid hurting yourself. To help you navigate this, I made a
4min (cute:) video:

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Remember the Tweezerman when you know your WOD will include ferocious amounts of pull ups (You know who you are, Murph!) As for regular maintenance, try shaving down once a week for good measure. Your hands will send their gratitude.

2. A pumice stone.


These come in all shapes and sizes & in this instance, size does not matter :) Use this guy when your fingers and hands are getting mangey. Mine were starting to look dirty no matter how much I washed them. You can use a bowl for water to let your hand(s) sit in there a few minutes to soften first (just like a pedicure). Or I’m sure you could just do it after your shower. Next, scrub fingers/palms back and forth in all directions with the pumice stone. To finish, apply some lotion, vitamin E or olive oil and Wa-La; you regain your sexy hand luster!

In case you do rip!! First you want to wash the yuck off your hands to get them to heal faster and clean up. Oh, just writing it, I can still feel the burn. Now for my Best advice EVER…get the blue latex drs gloves & put those bad boys on before your shower. They will allow you to wash with soap & not suffer further with stinging pain.


I like to put these on & then ask my my closest friends to bend over…

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