After a few weeks of doing Crossfit, I started noticing some callouses start to build up on my hands. They got bigger and bigger until one day, after about 30 pull-ups, one ripped. From then on, my hands would rip or re-rip in all sorts of locations during pull-ups. For the past couple of months, I’ve had hands that look like this:
My hands just got worse and worse. I tried taping up to protect my hands, which helped a bit (especially this method) but I was still going through bandaids like nobody’s business. Callous tears heal quickly enough, but I’d also do callous-tearing pull-ups or toes-to-bar often enough that they never got to heal all the way. Now that I’m focusing on lifting instead of Crossfit for the past week and the next month (and therefore avoiding any kipping movements), my hands have finally healed all the way and I feel like I’ve got a fresh start at taking care of my hands properly. New leaf!
My coach recommended I buy a callous shaver. They’re helpful tools for maintaining callouses so that they never get too big, but they also give you enough control that it’s difficult to over do it. I’ve been searching around town all week trying to find one (it always makes me a little sad to have to go into an aisle called “foot care” to look for something for my hands) but to no avail until I went to Sephora tonight and found this little guy:
It’s exactly the tool I need and it’s bright pink.
My experience with weightlifting has shown that not many companies think about women at all. I’ve never seen a gym (other than a Crossfit gym) carry women’s barbells. Weightlifting shoes basically only come in men’s sizes, and even then it’s hard to find them in small men’s sizes to fit my feet. Competition singlets are unisex at best. So, I must say that I rather enjoy the fact that the only callous shaver that seems to be for sale in all of Edmonton is hot pink.