Thursday, February 25, 2010

Resources for Torn Hands

If you're like me, your hands rip at the mere thought of Angie or a WOD with lots of pullups and heavy Oly lifts. If I know in advance that the WOD will reak havoc on my hands, I'll tape up before class. But taping limits my range of motion and really only works to protect the calluses from ripping - doesn't do much if your hands are already ripped. Crap. Even worse, I've had to quit mid-workout b/c my hands were torn and bleeding. That really sucked.

What's a girl to do?! If you've ever ripped your hands and had to suffer through the healing process, you probably NEVER want to go through that again. It's not fun, nor does it make you a bad-ass. It's an injury that could have been prevented and requires time and care to heal. Booooo injuries!
Searching on the interwebbings, I found a slew of posts on the subject from other CrossFit bloggers around the country. Thanks to all of them for their great advice. Read on:

How to Tape Your Hands via CrossFit Invictus blog
This is Not Cool, Part I via CrossFit One World blog
This is Not Cool, Part II via CrossFit One World blog
I've Got to Hand it To You, Part 2 (how to treat rips) via CrossFit Vertusosity blog
I've Got to Hand it To You, Part 3 (how to tape) via CrossFit Vertuosity blog
Hand Care via CrossFit Full Circle blog

And, here are some resources for products that will help you care for your hands to prevent or treat rips:

New Grips for Weighlifting and Pullups to prevent hand injury (I just ordered a pair and will post a review!)
PedEgg or a Pumice Stone for smoothing calluses (you can get these at HEB/Walgreens, etc)
Euecerine Aquaphor Healing Ointment (this stuff is tha bomb!)

High-fives for callus-free/rip-free hands!

Now let's go crush those pullups/Oly lifts. :)


  1. Thanks for this, Jess! AWESOME! I'm going to point my readers over here, too.

  2. OMG, you are totally the blisted/tear-free angel! Now I know how to properly wrap my hands instead of my usual mummified rotation over and over the same spot.

    And I kind of almost vom-ed when I saw those other sites of torn hands. SO. MUCH. SKIN.

    Internet high-five...put hand here? Puhahahhaha. Best thing I've heard all day.

  3. Glad to help, ladies! I refuse to have these gross man-hands or hamburger paws any longer. :)

    Internet high-five!

  4. Internet high-five for sure! Climb-on is also a lifesaver, it's a skin-repair balm thingie you find at Whole Foods for $6... you can pack it in those rips and it works wonders!

  5. Thanks for the tip, Lyssa. I'll pick up some for my gym bag.
    Not my gym suitcase, that's an entirely different thing.

  6. Thanks for this. I miss having pretty lady hands and could do without the strange looks from the folks giving me a manicure. I just ordered a pair of new grips too! Fingers crossed they're going to arrive sometime today *before* I do Fran...

  7. Buying some grips is on my todo list, I'll be waiting to read your review.

    Here's another hand care post from Pamela McElree.

  8. easy, just quit using chalk

  9. Thanks for linking to our post, and PS; I have beautiful hands for a non-metro sexual type.

  10. Hi and thanks for the links there is some good stuff there. Having sore hands is no fun.