I have a friend who comes to train with me at the gym, and recently she’s been complaining about the knurling on the bars tearing up her hands. Sure enough, it’s pretty bad. I’m not sure if it’s because of her small hands and having to grip harder or something, but either way, chalk isn’t really helping.
I’ve always heard to avoid gloves as it limits or stunts your ability to strengthen your ungloved grip, and she definitely needs to be establishing some rock solid grip (she’s training for stuff that requires a lot pushing and pulling from all sorts of angles, mostly bodyweight, though right now she’s trying to add lean mass).
Would it be alright to put some athletic tape across the areas that are getting tore up, so as to provide some protection without limiting grip and movement? Other ideas?