Fitness Gloves or No Fitness Gloves???
Since I have began working out with my fitness coach in June of 2018, I stop wearing my fitness gloves. However, prior to that I would wear gloves every time I touch anything in the gym that would make my hands uncomfortable. I would wear gloves to do assisted pull ups, walking lunges, and many of my dumbbell workouts.
When I began to deadlift, I started off with gloves however I found that the more weight I wanted to add the harder it would be with the gloves. So my trainer convinced me to switch to chalk (later blog coming on the significance of chalk) …..After complaining to my trainer for a few sessions, I was like hell with it! I enjoyed the difference that deadlifting without gloves made.
I soon began completing all my workouts without gloves. Other workouts that would not necessarily hurt my legs or upper body, but only my hands became much easier. On regards to the deadlifts, I got a better handle on the barbell, my form improved, and I was able to start adding more weight.
I am not going to lie the results were NOT PRETTY! My hands were bleeding, callouses were forming and peeling, and my hand was becoming rough. However, like every other part of your body, my hands adjusted and adapted. I got a whole new stronger and still soft hand.
Many people have approached me and told me that I should invest in weightlifting gloves. This is just my opinion I have not done a lot of research, but I have done some reading and speak to weightlifters all the time about this topic. When you wear weightlifting gloves, you are adding an extra layer of thickness to the bar. Depending on the gloves themselves, that extra layer can be significant when performing exercises like deadlifts and, pull-ups. Many like myself find that wearing lift gloves limits the ability to lift as much weight or get a proper grip on the barbell or dumbbells.
GRIP STRENGTH,, also seems to be a topic that many people forget. Again, this is just my opinion, but you wouldn’t you want your entire body to be strong not just your back or legs for example. You might be able to squat, and leg press as much weight as you want, but eventually when you begin to perform exercises like deadlifts your grip plays a huge role.
When doing some research I found that your grip strength is a predictor of your muscular endurance and overall strength. But if strength in the gym does not interest you, studies have also found that a stronger grip means a lower risk of a heart attack and stroke.