Parched skin is more likely to crack and rip than skin that’s well-hydrated.
2. Keep a Tight Shave
Calluses are common among those who spend their fair share of gym time lifting barbells, swinging kettlebells, or rowing on an erg. On their own, calluses aren’t bad. It’s when they build up and start to peel that they cause problems.
3. Chalk, Tape, Gloves, and Grips
Purists may choose to ignore this tip, but gymnastic grips, gloves, tape, and chalk help protect your hands, especially when it comes to workouts with high-volume reps.
4. Blisters: to Pop or Not to Pop?
You need to consider the area of the blister, your current activity and the available resources. “Intact skin helps keep the area clean and prevents against infection,” she says. So, if you can rest the affected area for a few days, there’s no need to pop a blister.
5.Protect and Heal
If you do get tears and open wounds, keep them clean and covered. In addition to over-the-counter creams like bacitracin, you can look to Mother Nature for equally effective healing agents.
6.Know When to Rest
How do you know when to tape up and power through and when to take a timeout? Gonzalez has a simple rule of thumb: “If it’s affecting your workout, you should rest or substitute a different movement.” So, if you’re experiencing pain a minute into a workout that’s heavy on pull-ups, try substituting ring rows, which are not as dynamic and create less friction. Or skip the upper body workout all together and go for a run.
7. Fix Your Grip
The way you’re gripping the bar during movements like pull-ups and toes-to-bar may be encouraging blisters and tearing.
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