Don’t be so callus!
Gethin Evans takes us through the pain of Calluses!
“Calluses are a perfectly natural thickening of the skin that forms in response to repeated friction or pressure. Movements such as pull-ups, toes to bar and any barbell movements (squat, deadlift, press, clean etc) cause enough repeated pressure for calluses to form”
Doing a lot of weightlifting and WODs I’m used to getting a lot of calluses. Calluses are to be welcomed, but as you can see from these pictures it’s when they turn into cuts and blisters that bleed you need to be wary! They will stop you from doing any further exercise, not to mention prove very painful when washing your hands with soap and water after your session! Ouch!
After doing some research on the internet I found many different techniques to stop this from happening, these techniques include:
- Shaving the calluses
- Soak in hot water
- To pick off the calluses
But what I decided to do, and what I have been doing and not had a rip since, is to file the calluses once a week with a simple file, readily available in any chemist.
I find this keeps the calluses down and stops rips; I also tended to moisturize afterwards to help with the recovery process.
Recently I have been given a sample of Pro Balm, which claims to “Promote recovery when you’ve suffered abrasions and skin inflammation”, find the full Tryfan’s Blog verdict on ProBalm here.
I decided to give it a go, filing my hand the same as I always do but replacing the moisturizer with Pro Balm. As you can see from the pictures the calluses are reduced. I wouldn’t say that the difference is staggering, but having said that I did find Pro Balm much more effective in aiding recovery than moisturizing. Waking up the next morning my hands did feel a lot better, the calluses were not as hard and the dry skin not as bad.
So after a big session in the gym repeatedly executing those deadlifs or pullups and suffering from ripped calluses remember to file and balm!