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Old 01-01-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
Beau Roelandts
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Hand Tears

Whats the general way to deal with hand tears?

I repeatedly get tears on the pad of my 3rd finger when doing bar work. I usually just soldier on, am I better off resting them and treating them with <your secret remedy>?

I have been doing CF for 4+ months and have torn them maybe 6+ times. Grr.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: Hand Tears

The best way is to not do workouts that you know are likely to result in tears. Just because or your affiliate posts a workout with 100+ pullups or 100+ KB swings doesn't mean it's a good idea to do it. If you feel your hands starting to tear, stop doing whatever is causing the tear. It doesn't make much sense to rip your hands and disrupt your next week of training just to finish a single workout.

When you say "bar work" what exactly do you mean? If its pullups or barbell work, the first step is to make sure you're holding the bar correctly. The bar should be in your fingers, not pinching the skin right at the base of your fingers.

Beyond that, make sure you're maintaining your hands. If calluses build up they're much more likely to tear. Keep them shaved down with a callus razor or sand them down with a pumice stone or Ped Egg.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Re: Hand Tears

Thanks for that, yeah usually its the Chest to bars that get me, Mainly in the WODs that would get me doing many rounds of 15 to 20 reps.

Ill see how I go finding that off switch when it comes to my hands tearing, I usually feel it a bit before they do tear. I sand them regularly, I might try to get a hold of a Callus razor or peg egg though see how they differ.

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Old 01-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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Re: Hand Tears

There's at least 3 threads recommended at the bottom of this thread talking about this too.

Probably at least 25 if you do a search.
Posts are NOT medical, training, nutrition info
Bodyweight Article, Overcoming Gravity Book
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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Re: Hand Tears

If you're talking about from pull-ups, the easiest and best thing I ever did was stop using chalk. If I felt like my hands were going to get a little sweaty in the wod I'd simply put on my cheap 99 cent wrist bands to curtail any sweat from my palms.

Also, changing my grip to the "gorilla grip" helped tremendously. (WFS)
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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Re: Hand Tears

chalk will rip your hands. dont believe it? try not using it.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:57 AM   #7
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Re: Hand Tears

There are a couple things I'd like to add.
1.) Start using wrist sweat-bands or arm sleeves. This prevents sweat from dripping onto your hands and making the callouses moist during your workout. Once they are soft, they are much more likely to tear.
2.) I clip them with nail clippers after I shower (when they are soft).

The funny thing about clipping them is that it makes them a bit more tender to pull-ups, etc but you are much less likely to have a major tear.

If doing more than 40 or so pull-ups, I always use this taping method. (WFS). I try not to use chalk anymore because it dries out my hands and makes them feel like they are going to crack open.
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