How to protect your hands
Grip work. Almost every day we use some form of grip work or barbell work so if you are not taking care of your hands, shame on you. The infamous bloody hand and tear for CrossFitters…………You do not want this to be you. Sure, you see all the pictures on Facebook and think that person must have just crushed a killer workout……..because their hands are shredded? Fail. You do NOT want to tear. Ever. Basically you get a nasty open would on your hand (plus spread your germs to equipment) that prevents you from training the way you should over the next few days while your hand ‘heals’.
Worth it? No. Stuff happens in competition and you carry on but you should do everything you can to prevent this from happening in your training. How you choose to take care of your hands is a personal choice. Some people prefer to tape their hands. I do. Every day. Again, this is just my approach. As long as you are taking care of your hands, good for you. If you like to tape your hands or are unsure how to tape, here is just one method on how to tape. Along with taping up, I trim (using cuticle clippers when hands are wet) and sand (using a dremel tool when they are dry because I am too lazy to sand them the manual way). Please note that I make these little strips ahead of time and keep them in my bag - they are reusable and some folks have even washed them. I included a ruler to proudly display the size of my child like hands………but you will need to lengthen yours if you have average or larger hands (or sausage fingers).
Step 1. Here’s what you need: scissors, tape, and maybe a ruler if you want to make them the same size consistently.
Step 2. In order to make one grip, you will need one strip about 4-5” long, a second about 14-15”, and one more for the wrist.
Step 3. Fold the short strip in half like a hotdog (sticky sides together).
Step 4. Fold the short strip in half and then bring the ends together (this is where you will have to experiment with finger size).
Step 5. Take the long piece and start it about half way up the folded piece.
Step 6. Flip the strip over, match up the ends at the top and smooth out the tape.
Step 7. Place the strip over your middle finger. Some folks will form calluses in different areas and even put two strips on each hand. It’s a personal choice.
Step 8. Leave your hand flat while you tape the final strip down around your wrist.
Step 9. Wrap the strip around your wrist a second time, then, fold the strip down and continue wrapping with tape (to prevent tape slippage).
Step 10. I like to use these as my wrist support as well and I want full range of movement in my wrist so I will take sharp scissors and make a slit in the side. This is comfortable to me, but everyone is different. This provides me with the flex I need in my wrist. If needed, I make a slit on both sides. Do not slit your wrist!
Your hands are a tool. Take care of them.