Tuesday 170627

In 15 minutes, build to a heavy 2 rep push press

Every 2 minutes for 5 rounds
6 Push press @ 55%
10 Bar facing burpees

Post weights to BTWB

Although it looks like he's tangled in the band, Brendan knows what he's doing!

Although it looks like he’s tangled in the band, Brendan knows what he’s doing!















After yesterday’s workout that had 90 pull ups and seeing a few tears from people in class, I figured today would be a good day to re-post a blog we have featured a few times in the past on how to take care of your hands and what to do if we do rip.  It’s a great refresher for people that have been doing CrossFit for a while and a great read for people that are new and beginning to notice their hands starting to get roughed up.

We need to take care of our hands.  We use them for just about everything we do inside the gym and when we do get rips on our hands it can totally affect our lives outside of the gym.  Below are some great tips to take care of your hands.  Lately there have been a lot of new products introduced that are marketed towards CrossFit athletes, but the below can be found at most drug or super stores.  

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. If you prefer a more automatic option, you can purchase a dremel tool. I personally use the one designed for animal claws. Click HERE if you don’t know what a dremel is. I purchased mine 3 years ago and it’s been great for maintaining my hands and keeping me from ripping.

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.

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.

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.
Be sure and check the pull up bar or barbell after you’re done. Too many times we are so worried about our hands that we forget that our bloody hand were just all over a piece of equipment that someone else needs to now use. We have clorox wipes and plenty of cleaning supplies to help you clean and disinfect. If you can’t find the cleaning products, ask the trainers.


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