Taking Care of Your Hands

So this past Friday we did the hero WOD “Paul” at our box. It’s a killer WOD that involves double-unders, knees-to-elbows on the bar, and an overhead walk.

“Paul”

Police Officer PaulFive rounds for time of:
50 Double unders
35 Knees to elbows
185/125 pound Overhead walk, 20 yards

Pittsburgh Police Officer Paul John Rizzo Domenic Sciullo II, 36, was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance call on April 4, 2009. He was engaged to be married with Lisa Esposito.

And it lived up to its reputation as a hero WOD.

Here are my hands after the workout:

hands-tore-up-jan-17-2014

So these injuries led to my asking some questions about how to take care of my hands in the short term and how to avoid this kind of pain in the future. (I promise not all posts will involve graphic pictures of ugly injuries.)

Here’s what has been suggested:

  • Grips – Natural Grip is supposed to make awesome grips. Or you can make your own out of athletic tape. (I’ve also heard to avoid weightlifting gloves for use on the bar, as you lose your grip and can fall more easily.)
  • Using a pumice stone, sandpaper, nail file, or Dremel to grind down callouses that may tear can help.
  • Lotion to keep the skin soft.
  • Don’t use as much chalk, since it causes friction, which in turn causes ripping.

As far as the healing goes:

So far in the last 24 hours I’ve covered with band-aids and put on some Neosporin, and will continue to use some lotion to keep things soft. Need to pick up some vitamin E and a lot more band-aids however!

Hope this helps!

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