Some more, some less, we've all been there.
The atmosphere is that of romanticism, of the table for two in a secluded corner of the most lifestyle restaurant of the moment. Your (potential) new flame is sitting in front of you, looking at you with intense eyes. You feel that it is time for physical contact: you reach out and touch her bare forearm.
The fact is, it's been six months since in the box you destroy yourself with pull ups to the rings, and a complex stratigraphy of formed, open and healed calluses have transformed your touch into that of a grater.
Bye bye romance.
Welcome to the unfair world of the epidermis
Callus is inherent in sporting activity. The writer knows something about it, given that a strict diet of deadlifts they have imprinted the knurling of the balance wheel deep into the skin (as well as the soul).
It's just that nothing can be done about it. If regular callification makes you less exposed to terrible phenomenon of open callus, it is not even pleasant to live with a yellowish carapace always ready to crack.
The solution, as dentists teach us, is prevention.
The CrossFit® shoulder pad
Rather useful tool, the paracall comes to your rescue when you get ready to bar work for pull ups or are you planning to grind a WOD to the rings.
In fact, one of the pain points in the life of the crossfitter - if we look at the health of the hands - it is the relationship with the gymnastic instruments, and in particular with the force vectors that are generated at the point of contact between the hands and the bar / ring.
Pay attention: when the corns open to you, they always do it in the same way and on the same spot - at the root of the fingers. It is the downward “pull” of your weight that causes the skin of the calluses to pinch against the tool. Literally, grimly tearing it apart.
What should the paracalli look like (and what it does)
First, the directions. The paracalli:
- it doesn't have to be snug like a surgeon's glove
- wearing it should create a “crease” of material between the leather and the bar / ring
Then, two pleasant side effects:
- the soft substance of the paracalli increases the “suction” of the grip on the bar. Which means ... more grip stability!
- the paracalli is a good indicator of your technique. In fact, if you are pulling and you realize that the guard is moving, it means that your grip is wrong. And especially, not-efficient.
Tips for buying a good shoulder guard (and a trick)
First of all, we said it: they do not have to be adherent. Therefore? Choose them from a larger number. With more material you can better protect your hands, and really improve your grip.
Furthermore, you don't need to spend a lot: the paracalli must be simple and functional, first of all. And of excellent material!
Finally, the promised tip: if the guard wears and loses grip, resort to chalk.
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