Thursday 140109

Ten rounds for time of:
12 Burpees
12 Pull-ups
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Friends don’t let friends share bodily fluids at the gym.

We need to get real about hand care people.

Too often we post pictures like the one above with a braggadocios status to follow. Some may even see this mangled scene as a right of passage in CrossFit, “first RXed pull-up WOD, tears and all”. NO MORE. This ends here.  This is not something we should be bragging about, but rather something we should be putting work in to prevent and avoid. We are rough on our hands in CrossFit but if we take a few simple steps throughout the week, we can avoid the blood bath mid WOD. This post is about prevention with regards to hand care, I will not get into scaling a WOD and technique, both of which would fall under the category of ways to prevent hand ripping. Perhaps in a later post.

If we look like this, we may be behind the eight ball. Time to catch up.

First:

Go to your local Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. And go to the foot care aisle. I’m not talking about the orthopedics/ gel inserts aisle, I’m talking the mani/ pedi aisle. Go looking for the nail polish (sorry guys but that’s where the good stuff is at). It is in this aisle that you will locate two items of huge importance, 1) a pumice and 2) a callus shaver. Grab one of each and proceed to the check out counter.

The tools of the trade.

Second:

Put these new purchases to work. I have a preference for using these items while I am in the shower. I would suggest pumicing your hands EVERY TIME you shower. I would add using the callus shaver to shave the calluses that build across the top of your palm 1-2 times/ week. The shaving of your hands may be dependent on your activity level or even which WODs you have recently done or are coming up in the future. The key is to avoid the raising of the calluses. The bigger they get the more susceptible they are to ripping. We want to try and keep our hands smooth and even across the surface.

Before and After.

Third:

Let’s be honest though, rips/ tears happen. Then what? If they happen mid WOD, let’s call it good and proceed with a modification that allows us to keep working out without creating further damage. Then go back to your local Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. and go to the first aid aisle. Pick up a box of Blister Pads.

Blister Pads be da bomb.

Clean the torn area thoroughly. When it’s dry put a blister pad over the area. I like to do this at night, sleep in it, and keep it on as long as I can the whole next day. The problem is we use our hands a lot so realistically the blister pad may not stay on long, that’s okay. Doing this every night for several days will help tremendously in keeping the area moisturized without exposing it to dirt/ germs. You have to shelter it, like a small innocent child, from the harsh world around us.

 I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about scaling or technique but I lied, I do that sometimes. Life can get crazy, kids, jobs, significant others. Maybe sometimes our personal hygiene becomes questionable and we are unable to shower/ shave our hands for an amount of time we are too ashamed to say. It’s cool, I get it. I’m with you. It’s always at this time that some silly Verve trainer programs a WOD with 120 pull-ups in it (wink, wink). We don’t want to skip a workout because our calluses are HUGE and hand tearing is imminent. What we can do is 120 ring rows or 60 strict pull-ups or some other modification that is still an equally amazing workout. Think about it this way, maybe we get through the 120 pull-up WOD but at what cost to our personal lives, our professional lives, and our training for the next  few days. Better to do 120 ring rows today, go home and clean  our business up, and WOD again tomorrow. 

Comments

  1. Scotty :

    And can we pleasantly add clean the bar after your done bleeding on it to the bleeding callus syndrome?

  2. Luke :

    This workout looks like something I would not do were I by myself. CALLING ALL WORKOUT BUDDIES.

  3. Russell :

    Great post.

    Wasn’t there a member who made some sort of blister balm as well?

  4. Jim D. :

    Thanks for reminding me to charge my Dremel tool!

    A trick I learned from Steven Lowe (a gymnast) on the main site a few years back works really well. Unfortunately, it is a little painful. However, when I used it I had ripped really bad on a Thursday and was healed by Tuesday. It involves putting a paste of water and salt on your tears, for about a minute, 3 to 4 times a day . Then when the rip is dried put lotion on it to keep it from cracking until completely healed. Did I mention this is painful?

  5. James (O.G.) :

    You totally changed the lighting and got tan in those hand photos so that it looked like you’d lost weight.

  6. DeEtte :

    In my line of work ripping is sickly, kind of a right of passage. I’ve coached women’s gymnastics for over 30 years and ripping is unfortunately, the nature of the beast. Even with proper hand care some kids are more prone than others. I take good care of my hands and seldom rip, however, I think I’ve had calluses on my hands since I was 5, which I know Clancy, was a REALLY LOOOONG time ago! The new CrossFitter is going to rip! Anyone with baby soft hands needs to lay some ground work and build up a tougher pad so to speak. When my gymnasts rip we have them wash their hands with soap and water, soak in warm Epsom Salt, and apply a hand salve that I created, it’s called “Rip Repair” and then I have them cover the palm of their hand with a large water proof band aid. So to answer your question Russell, YES! I make the hand salve and it’s called Rip Repair. Because the sample testing was so well received we are in full production, and the web site should be up by the 1st of February, riprepair.com. The site will also have a hand care blog on it discussing the use of gloves, no gloves, chalk, no chalk ( Wait a minute! No chalk?!? Never! ), how to make grips from tape and gauze. Yes, you heard me gauze, old Russian tricks of the trade! If anyone would like some samples in the interim please let me know via email deettekozlow@gmail.com Be smart today, and sending Love to your hands!

  7. Maddy Bea :

    Actually, the rip repair product was developed by Regina Prevosto, owner and creator of all products at Up To My Neck Spa Products, LLC, ( http://www.uptomyneckspaproducts.com). This is a local, Sedalia, Colorado small business. DeEtte was working with Regina as a distributor only, to market the product (also known as AtoZneem Balm) to the crossfit & gymnastics niche market. DeEtte had absolutely nothing to do with the creation or formulation of the product. She participated in the decision to call the same repackaged product “Rip Repair” and provided a picture of her daughter’s hand for the label. This product was developed in 2012 and is sold as AtoZneem Balm. It was relabeled for the niche market as “Rip Repair.” She decided to take the product and copy the unique ingredients and promote it as her own creation. It is not. There are no ethics in her action.

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