Do you deal with your calluses or do you just leave them be?

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  1. Ribbie

    Ribbie OT Supporter

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    Is there anything you can do to help deal with them? I didnt mind them at first but I have some that are getting worse and they irritate me when I'm lifting. I've heard of people shaving them down with the help of warm water and a pumice stone but I'm pretty skeptical.

    Not looking to start wearing gloves either.
     
  2. solarian

    solarian ya heard

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    Im not really sure, mine just go away after a day or two
     
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    leave'em till they start to peel off, then I rip'em off and chew on dead skin
     
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    I file them down with a callous remover that I found at the grocery store. It looks like a small cheese grater with a plastic handle.
     
  5. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    I just leave mine.
     
  6. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    that's what i do
     
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    i like them =/
     
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    Letting them get huge is a great way to end up with a ripped open palm but most of you don't pull near enough to have that happen.
     
  9. TKEBoss

    TKEBoss Nelson Sexors

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    I leave em too. They dont go away though.
     
  10. Initial E

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    i file them down or cut them off when the old calluses start to get calluses on top of them
     
  11. Ribbie

    Ribbie OT Supporter

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    post pics :o
     
  12. erok81

    erok81 All your canyons are belong to me!!

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    Oh nice. I'll have to get one of those.

    I usually just trim them finger nail clippers, but they don't look too smooth afterwards. :rofl:
     
  13. 4cd-Air

    4cd-Air Rape seemed like the next logical step

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    that's what I do, feels good man
     
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    Peel mine off in the shower
     
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    eat them ftw
     
  16. Hamster

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    I definitely take care of my hands. I have a course nail file at work and just sand them down during dead time. Lots of people I know use those cheese grater things or pedi-eggs. This article is cross posted from CrossFit Eastside - coincidentally the guy in the picture of the torn up hands is the owner of my gym.


    Hand maintenance

    Because the question of how to deal with hand callusing has been reoccurring lately, it is time to address it here. We are not promoting manicures. We are promoting maintenance to your hands, so that you can continue to be successful with your training--not tapping out because your hands are thrashed. Take care of business so that you can stay in the game.

    Callusing is the body's natural means for dealing with surface friction. In an effort to protect the dermis, a think mass of skin develops at frequently used contact points, most notably the pads at the top of the palms.
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    If you do not regularly maintain your hands (keep them semi-smooth on the surface, yet still deeply callused), you will end up tearing skin from your hands. It is only a matter of time.

    Many methods exist for hand maintenance. We know people who use an electric dremel, on low speed, with a drum sander attachment. It is quick, taking about 5 minutes, and not as scary as it may sound--once you get the hang of it.

    Another great, highly recommended tool is the Pedro callus stone. It works better than conventional pumice stones, and, with a proper soak prior to filing, will effectivley take down the roughness of your calluses and keep them from getting too thick--both of which are sure to lead to tearing on your next big pull-up, deadlift, or o-lift workout. File frequently.

    What to do, though, if you do end up tearing the skin from your hands, despite our cautions about the importance of preventative maintenance? One option is to clip off the remaining skin flaps and keep the wounds clean. Of course, this is going to limit your pulling activities until your hands heal.

    Another possibility is to use glue to mend the lesion--after thoroughly cleaning the affected area. Gluing down the edges of the torn skin can get you back to training while you heal. Gluing also allows the tender area under the abrasion to heal and toughen. As the skin beneath grows out, keep gently sanding the top level skin to keep the edges smooth. Eventually the glued top layer will have to be removed, but by then the newer layers of skin will be tougher. Ordinary Super Glue or Krazy Glue-type products (methyl-2-cyanoacrylates) can work for this, though they are not recommended because of concerns about potential toxicity. There are, however, medical-grade tissue adhesives designed and approved for human or veterinary uses (containing butyl, isobutyl or octyl esters rather than methyl alcohol) that would work.
     
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    I cut mine off once a week with a small pair of scissors. That keeps them from ripping while deadlifting.
     
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    i just chew on them in class/when i'm bored :o :o :o
     
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    4cd-Air Rape seemed like the next logical step

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    happened once, it suckesss
     
  21. Ribbie

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    yikes! looks like I'll be stopping by the pharmacy after work... :noes:
     
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    My GF likes it rough. :naughty:












    not really. :hs:
     
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    I rip mine off all the time, may hands are all fubarred, GF loves it :)
     
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