Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
135 pound Power cleans, 3 reps
Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles.
We have a few people with some minor (and not so minor) rips on their hands from pullups. Why? There could be a few reasons.
First, are you taking care of your calluses? Don’t rip them, but every week or so, you should be shaving them down. If you allow them to build up, the skin will become pinched and tear during a workout. Try using a nail file to help keep them shaved.
Secondly, are you gripping the bar correctly? If you have the pullup bar in the palm of your hand, the bar will slide down to the base of your fingers and take any skin with it. For pulling exercises, place the bar closer to your fingers. Also, a death grip on the pullup bar will surely lead to torn skin. You want to make sure you don’t fall off the bar, but there’s no need to white-knuckle grip it.
What happens when a rip occurs? Watch the following video to make your own protective hand covering. It would be helpful if you brought your own tape to the gym. Also, have your protective barrier made before you come to the gym. We don’t want to wait an extra 7 minutes while you tape your hands.
And why not just wear gloves? Well…they don’t allow you to have a proper feel of the bar (imagine rock climbing with gloves?!), you’re more likely to slip off the bar (lack of friction), they don’t help with callus formation and finally, they look stupid.