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Old 01-10-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
Russell Sands
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Kipping on a bar with a sponge/foam cover.

I dont have a good bar at home so have to do all my kipping on a bar at my local GloboGym. Anyway, the Pull-up bar is attached to a cable cross machine, its angled and is covered in this sponge/foam stuff. My grip on it was terrible as i would slide off the thing due to the foam covering as a result i could only do 5 or so. Started to use chalk, instant improvement with grip although now i've noticed that i keep ripping the skin of the palm of my hands. The question is does anyone get the same problem with a straight metal bar with no covering? Its starting to get to the point where i cant train because of the state of my hands. Raw, isn't even close to what they are at times.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: Kipping on a bar with a sponge/foam cover.

Yes, you rip on metal bars as well.

Shave your calluses down.

Ripping is like an injury so if you can avoid it if at all possible try to avoid it. I know you like to get the extra umph out of the workout but when it messes up your subsequent workouts what do you think is the better course of action? Dial down one workout instead of multiple. Eventually your hands will get tough enough -- usually about 2-4 weeks of taking them to edge of ripping -- that they won't really rip at all.

Anytime I rip I put salt/salt water on mine to help them heal faster. Alcohol works too. Yes, it's painful but it works. Moisturize them obviously.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: Kipping on a bar with a sponge/foam cover.

thanks for the input. I've been using Glue and cutting the calluses back. i'll need to try the alcohol.

No pain no gain i guess.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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Re: Kipping on a bar with a sponge/foam cover.

I have a foam covered bar and it is perhaps easier on my hands. It isn't a very thick covering, though, so it is fairly easy to grip. I've never ripped, but the foam is sure taking a beating from a year of endless pull-ups.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:17 PM   #5
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Re: Kipping on a bar with a sponge/foam cover.

Russell - I use these grips :

http://www.lynxpt.com/ (wfs)

I used to rip my hand all the time. Bought the lynx grip about two months ago and have not ripped since then.
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