This week is all about gear and how it relates to your performance.
Starting with hand care:
Metal + soft tissue + high rep workouts = torn hands without proper preparation. Here’s how to minimize leaving blood on the bars:
1. Hold the bar at the base of your fingers instead of the base of your palms. This will minimize pinching the flesh of your upper palms (where most people tear) between the bar and your fingers.
2. Tape your hands. And do so well in advance. If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at this great tutorial of taping your hands in less than 2 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-IIfmXdrQs
3. Consider gloves. Keep in mind, gloves only work well if you hold to bar “correctly”. However, they give you more room for error than if you were bare-handed. Look for Batting Gloves when trying on a pair.
4. Consider gymnastic grips. Though gymnasts typically wear grips for wooden apparatus, they can help on metal pull up bars and barbells. If you see someone wearing them, ask for their opinion.
5. Take it easy on the chalk. Chalk removes moisture from your hands to increase the amount of friction on the bar. Too much friction causes your hands to tear. Time to start cutting back on the white powder if you tend to tear.
There are many other ways to prevent tears, including the use of gels/creams like RipFix and BodyGlide. Something that works for others may not work for you and vice versa. Research & experiment. Just stop tearing your hands apart.
*BREAKTHROUGH CHALLENGERS* There will be a Mid-Point Q&A session on Sunday, Sept 29 at 12:15PM for anyone who may need help making adjustments with their nutrition. Please be prepared with your questions and a record of what you’ve done so far.
TODAY: MONDAY, SEPT 23, 2013
AMRAP IN 15 MINUTES
5 SQUAT SNATCH 115#/75#
10 TOES TO BAR
20 DOUBLE UNDERS