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Old 03-27-2006, 05:29 AM   #1
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I just found and started Crossfit last week and love it. I noticed in the videos and slideshows no one wears gloves, especially while doing pullups. I know when I do pullups without gloves it hurts, not in a good way, and my hands get too sweaty and this affects the number of pullups i can do. So, why no gloves?
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Old 03-27-2006, 06:02 AM   #2
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Welcome!!

Use chalk. Your hands will toughen up.
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:26 AM   #3
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Ditto what Anthony said.
The problem with gloves is that you now do not have an actual grip - positive contact - with the bar. You've just placed a barrier between your hand and the object... not good.

Most people wear gloves for the comfort and the only real time that "might" work is for presses (somewhat padded). As for pulling, the material still crinkles up and develops calouses anyway.

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:25 AM   #4
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Welcome Patrick.

Gloves....overrated! :angry:

Just remember, in the real world you will not always find yourself having the bennefit of using gloves or a weight belt. That's how we train....real world scenarios.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:38 AM   #5
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I agree with the above and add my two centavos:
While wearing anything on your hands, the neurological benefit derived from the tactile sensors in the hand will not greatly aide you in actually sensing the amount of force needed to grip said objects ( rings, bars, bells, rope), and if anything it limits the amount of strength developed on the grip in general.

Try this, grab a hand towel and place it over a 25# db and bring it to your shoulder.

Now try it without your towel and lift it to your shoulder again and you will immediatley notice that your hand and forearm had to work a bit more to stablelize the weight for you to successfully accomplish the lift.

Just my dos centavos. :-)
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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thanks for all your input. i'll give the workouts a try without the gloves.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:29 PM   #7
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"Chicks dig callouses"
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:44 PM   #8
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Ya, gloves are for da girlie men. (Insert thick AAhhhnold accent here.)
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:21 AM   #9
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I used to train at a gym that had some fairly elite powerlifters. When I told the guy that ran the place (and was the primary coach for the lifters) about how glad I was to finally find a gym where "chalk" wasn't a derugatory word, he simply said, "Chalk is probably the most important piece of safety equipment in the gym."


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Old 03-28-2006, 04:15 PM   #10
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I used to use gloves and found that my hands couldn't get the right grip on the pullup bar and the placement of my hands wasn't correct. I need to feel the actual bar on my palm. This way I know where to adjust my grip if i have to between reps. Gloves put a barrier between that and it just isn't the same.

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