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Old 04-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #1
Seth Hollen
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I'm getting some blisters forming on my hands and They'll pop in the next day or two I think.
I was just wondering if using gloves was frowned upon as cheating the development of your grip and forearm muscles.

if so any alternatives to gloves? I don't want to bleed at the mcgym, I may scream like a little girl

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Old 04-28-2007, 12:41 AM   #2
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You got blood blisters?

Pop them, cover them with band aids or gauze, tape up your hands and get to the bar. Chalk is your friend, unless it's against the rules of your McGym. However, I have been interested in a simple, inexpensive tool concerning grip and working with the bar. is the resource site for the performance grips. A friend has a set and it's cleaner than chalk. Also it has a strange effect of making the common bar into a thick handle. Which was a kicker for me.

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Old 04-30-2007, 12:17 PM   #3
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I'm interested in how you like the lynx grips. I'm always curious in chalk alternatives as well as anything that may improve the HORRIBLE pullup bars at my gym.
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:35 PM   #4
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As a gym manager I don't care about chalk if you clean up after yourself. Before I started working in gyms I spent 10 years using chalk at gyms that "didn't allow" it. I brought a damp towel to clean up, left a zero footprint, and was left alone.

Just recently someone left a link to spray-on chalk alternative. Anyone know which post that was?
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:09 PM   #5
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i cut and pasted this from the equipment board, thanks to jon for this one:

Gloves are for the weak and infirm, and those stuck in 1983.

Get some grip spray. It leaves no visible signs of use, and will keep you on the bar.

This link will show you the stuff. Work and Family safe.



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Old 04-30-2007, 01:39 PM   #6
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LOL "gloves are for the weak and infirm". My God, the knuckle dragger who wrote that needs an award!

I dont use gloves, but there is certainly nothing wrong with it.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:59 AM   #7
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:59 AM   #8
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For my part, I've decided to do what I can without gloves, but I until I hear a compelling argument against it I'll wear them the rest of the time. I don't want to lose good reps because my palms are sweaty, or contend with the pain of popped blisters when I really want my focus to be on the movements.

The spray really sounds like a great product, but it seems a little pricey to me. I might place an order for some down the line though.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:09 AM   #9
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I was just wondering if using gloves was frowned upon as cheating the development of your grip and forearm muscles.

regarding the above sentence from the initial post I am still curious...does it make things "easier" in this respect?
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:07 AM   #10
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I take the "Black Box" approach to this question. Do people who don't wear gloves get better results than people who wear do? In my experience, the answer has been a resounding "yes". Glove-wearers tend to be at the lower ends of performance. "Fire-breathers" invariably workout bare-handed.

Can I come up with an explanation that accounts for this observation? Probably. Is the explanation important? Probably not.
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