When it comes to getting the most out of your workout, every detail matters. The gym you choose should be inspiring and pleasant and should appeal to your specific personality. Your workout partners should be encouraging and supportive. And your gear should be carefully chosen to help you meet your workout goals. At the very least, your clothes, shoes, and equipment should not stand in the way of your progress.
This is especially true of your chosen form of hand protection. Lifting weights and handling gym equipment barehanded is fine for some people, especially those who don’t visit the gym very often and who don’t engage in sustained weight training with high reps and heavy weights. But if your workout routine is a bit more intense, going barehanded is probably not an option. After even a few minutes, rough bars and equipment can leave your palms with blisters and abrasions, which are not fun and can compromise your technique. If you favor an injured hand, you don’t get as much out of your workout. But if you don’t, blisters and small wounds can get worse or become infected.
So cover your hands when you head to the gym. And if you can, leave your traditional weight lifting gloves behind. Gloves that cover the whole hand can constrict your range of motion and prevent your skin from breathing properly. When moisture and sweat build up inside of a glove, they can lead to mildew, bad smells, and sliminess.
Try Gripads instead. A tough, soft layer of moisture-wicking neoprene is all you need to protect your hands from damage. While safely covering your palms, the pads allow the rest of your hand to move and breathe freely, which means you can forget about your hands and focus on your technique. Peel off those musty, worn out gloves once and for all and toss a pair of Gripads into your bag the next time you head to the gym. Your hands will thank you.