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Deads are Destroying My Hands!

I am now starting to rep deadlifts in the lower 400’s and my hands are being torn to shreds. Years ago in highschool when I was a fat ass I’d dead in the 500’s but used wrist straps so the hand punishment wasnt really an issue.

Now after getting lean though and going raw on everything my palms and fingers are really getting messed up. I’m also a guitar player and between my finger tips and inside of fingers/palms my hands look and feel like horrible.

Are there any remedies or is it heavy ass deads = fucked up hands?

Gloves, perhaps?

I know you probably don’t want to use straps, but I’ve used them with certain exercises just to have a better grip on the weight (Helps a lot when I do rows with the rope). If that doesn’t work, sneak chalk into the gym.

S

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
I know you probably don’t want to use straps, but I’ve used them with certain exercises just to have a better grip on the weight (Helps a lot when I do rows with the rope). If that doesn’t work, sneak chalk into the gym.

S
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Sneak chalk into the gym? I bring it in and use it regularly when performing exercises that I need a better grip on especially in this summer heat and nothing is said to me. Is this a usual thing in gyms?

It’s not unusual, but a lot of gyms I see these days are becoming more couch potato friendly, and might not appreciate all the dust. They play such horrible music at my current gym, that I actually started bringing an ipod-speaker when I train.

The funny thing is that the ‘real’ trainers will hang around giving me their approval, and the owner will walk by shooting me dirty looks but saying nothing.

S

lol yeah I hear ya. During last semester I was seeking out a gym to lift at because the gym at my school kept closing for no apparent reason on ridiculous days thus throwing me off the rhythm. So I think it was planet fitness where I went and was told that the place was a judgment free zone, that if you made the slightest noise while lifting or slightly dropped the weights an alarm would go off and they would escort you out of the building. I was told at the front desk they do not allow the body building “type” in. As if everyone there is not trying to build their body to their specific wants. Ignorant people… let us be we aren�??t directly bothering anyone!

Why not just use gloves? or those goofy silicon grip pads that have been posted in threads similar to this numerous times?

[quote]Ratchet wrote:
why not just use gloves? or those goofy silicon grip pads that have been posted in threads similar to this numerous times?[/quote]

Or just be proud of your callouses…

All the pads at the base of my fingers are ripped to shreds. Hell, I chew on them sometimes for a quick trim.

I prefer this over those that have Palmolive hands. It shows you actually work hard.

I’ve never had a problem using straps and I think the main reason people are against them is that they are trying to live up to some ingrained macho bullshit and not because it hampers gains in any way, shape, or form. However, I also HAVE to use straps with any heavy weight because I am missing 2/3 of the middle and ring finger on my left hand and gripping a heavy barbell or dumbell is impossible without them.

This is very simple.

Your hands are being torn to shreds because they are developing thick calluses. If you don’t file/sand or trim the calluses down every so often, they will get too large and they will tear off.

Take a pumice stone and sand them down after you get out of the shover. Works fine. I’ve been doing this for years.

By the way, you don’t need gloves or straps. If you ever pull in competition, you can’t use gloves or straps at all. Besides they make your grip weaker: They don’t let you develop your grip as strong as you would without them.

They will get better with time as the skin toughens. Make sure whenever youre not doing anything to bite them down to size, kinda like biting your nails. Mine use to be awful, but not they’re fine and I dont even notice them. If you are grabbing the bar in the palm of your hand instead at the base of your fingers the skin will get torn up alot worse.

I feel like these posts are always done after someone rips a calus open. Sure your hands will get fucked up, just give it some time you won’t be complaining about it for very long.

If its really bothering you just get some gloves, your not at the gym to impress people with bleeding hands anyways.

[quote]Polish Rifle wrote:
Ratchet wrote:
why not just use gloves? or those goofy silicon grip pads that have been posted in threads similar to this numerous times?

Or just be proud of your callouses…

All the pads at the base of my fingers are ripped to shreds. Hell, I chew on them sometimes for a quick trim.

I prefer this over those that have Palmolive hands. It shows you actually work hard.

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I have some pretty messed up callouses. They are just built up skin right below the end of my fingers on my hands, and when I do shrugs and other movements where I hold the weight, it hurts horribly. It feels like someone is trying to tear off my skin in chunks with a filer. After awhile, I can’t curl because it hurts to much, so I have to hold it in the hook of my fingers, not good.

I like rough hands. Mine are like stone from lifting. I love feeling like a Neanderthal.

After reading the title of this thread I was sooo tempted to scream at you and call you a pussy, but if you are repping the lower 400’s I can’t really do that because that’s not easy…

:slight_smile:

So I give you the magic stuff…

I started using this stuff for eczema, which it works great for, but a wonderful side effect was that it really smoothed my hands out and reduced the calluses. It’s weird though, you apply it while you are still wet from the shower BEFORE you towel off. It simply works wonders.

If/When you start wearing a wedding ring you will build an ubercallus below it.

It’s ok though, women like it when your hands gouge bloody furrows into their bare asses.

It’s kinda like branding your property.

[quote]Dirty Tiger wrote:

It’s ok though, women like it when your hands gouge bloody furrows into their bare asses.

It’s kinda like branding your property.[/quote]

I didn’t know Shugart was aliasing.

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
I know you probably don’t want to use straps, but I’ve used them with certain exercises just to have a better grip on the weight (Helps a lot when I do rows with the rope). If that doesn’t work, sneak chalk into the gym.

S
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I’ve been using chalk since my initial transformation last year. No way I could pull that without it!

[quote]greekdawg wrote:
This is very simple.

Your hands are being torn to shreds because they are developing thick calluses. If you don’t file/sand or trim the calluses down every so often, they will get too large and they will tear off.

Take a pumice stone and sand them down after you get out of the shover. Works fine. I’ve been doing this for years.

By the way, you don’t need gloves or straps. If you ever pull in competition, you can’t use gloves or straps at all. Besides they make your grip weaker: They don’t let you develop your grip as strong as you would without them. [/quote]

I think this is what I’m looking for. I’ve had big calluses for years from lifting but never thought to file them down in order to keep them intact.

And I pretty much refuse to wear gloves or straps anymore. If I ever get to the point where my grip fails then I will consider going back to straps, but lifting raw is where its at for me.

[quote]shizen wrote:
I feel like these posts are always done after someone rips a calus open. Sure your hands will get fucked up, just give it some time you won’t be complaining about it for very long.

If its really bothering you just get some gloves, your not at the gym to impress people with bleeding hands anyways. [/quote]

Yes, because everyone at the gym is sooo interested in my hands that I hold them out in the air everytime I walk by someone :wink:

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