Not that I’m forecasting tomorrows workout, here is a quick video from CrossFit LA on a good way to tape your hands. Yep it requires a bit of tape and practice but the wraps are reusable.
As all of us have experienced a torn callus but I think it’s completely avoidable if you take the proper precautions. Perform callus maintenance regularly, use a pumice stone similiar product to keep your callusus down, high tough calluses are the number one reason hands rip. Don’t use too much chalk, Labron James’s famous chalk cloud looks good on the basketball floor but has isn’t the most effective means in CrossFit. Avoid workouts with hundreds of pull-ups (like thats ever gonna happen). But what do we do when your rip.. Taping your hands is certainly a good option. The problem I see is that most people have no clue on how to tape their hands. The most common “technique” I see employed is simply taking a length of athletic tape and wrapping it around the palm several times. Without a doubt, this is the best way to waste athletic tape and do absolutely nothing to protect your hands. Anyone who has taped with this method can tell you, a few pull-ups is all it takes to turn this shoddy tape job into a rolled up bundle of tape, chalk, and skin.
Most tears occur at the base of either the ring finger or middle finger, so it’s pointless to tape your palm. The best way to protect your hands and to prevent tears is to cover these hot spots. The video uses a method from a former gymnast and I believe its a great way to tape your hands. Keep in mind use only what you need and if you do rip lets use a couple of the disinfectant wipes to clean the bar and surrounding area.