A Hands on Approach

We use every single part of our body on a daily basis in CrossFit. With all of that use typically comes soreness and muscle tightness. If your quads are tight, we have foam rollers and the (not-so) beloved couch stretch to help deal with that. If your back is tight, we have the pigeon stretch and posterior chain stretch and to help alleviate all that nasty tightness. But what are two things that we use literally every single day that are seldom taken care of or given any attention? That’s right, our hands. Our hands take a beating every single day, whether we are doing clean and jerks, kettlebell swings, pull ups, even burpees, you get the idea. We have many ways to help fix soft tissue ailments from working out, so here are ways to prevent our hands from ripping, how to treat a ripped hand, and how to train with a ripped hand.

Prevention

First and foremost, making sure your hands are properly moisturized with lotions that are free of dyes and lotions will help decrease the chance of separation between the callus and the layers that are beneath it. Dry skin is a callus’s biggest enemy, moisturizing lotions and/or salves are callus’s biggest ally. We carry CrossFIXE, which is a product filled with different oils and ingredients that our hands will love! It has unrefined beeswax, coconut oil extracts, myrrh, frankincense, many other organic extracts, and most notably, vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential for not just healthy palms, but healthy skin! Many users have noted that it has a very natural feel; something that isn’t too oily or greasy, rubs in easily, and only needs a moderate amount each application for it to be effective.

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Source: CrossFIXE

Aside from preventing them from getting too dried out, maintaining the height and size of the calluses is also important, but by doing it correctly (hint: gnawing them off is not doing it correctly). Pumice stones, callus files, callus razors/removers are tools that can be used to correctly and safely decrease the size of calluses. These are all best to do when the skin is soft and easily removable, so during or after a shower for example. It should be noted that if using a callus razor it is best to take a little off each time, and not the whole entire callus. If shaven too low and too much of the skin is removed, you might as well consider it a rip because your ability to grab onto a barbell or pull up bar will be hindered. I personally have done this on a few occasions and it does not feel pleasant. Along with all of this is chalk use, which is a double-edged sword. Chalk, in humble amounts, draws away moisture from your hands so you don’t need to grip the bar/implement tighter, which is good news for any existing calluses! However, too much chalk leads to more friction, which will eventually cause ripping.

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How To Treat a Rip

So what happens if you do rip? First off, clean off anything with blood on it, including equipment. If the skin hasn’t broken and is a blood blister, let it run its course and try to keep it from popping as long as possible. If the skin has broken, remove the remaining skin by carefully cutting the skin on the far edges of the rip, washing with soap and water, then applying Neosporin or other antibacterial ointments that will help replace some of the natural oils your skin produces. The ingredients in CrossFIXE’s hand tube also speeds up the recovery process for damaged palms, which minimizes your time away from training. Blister band-aids are excellent when it comes to keeping an open blister/rip clean and free from debris.

Training With A Rip

Ripping your hands should not be something that is celebrated, even though many people within the CrossFit community see it as a right of passage. It essentially is a preventable injury, and takes away from training, along with another entry point for infection and other potentially harmful germs, so keeping it clean and covered during training is key. Gymnastics grips and athletic tape are two of the most common forms of hand protection used today. Gloves or other forms of hand protection that are loosely fitting increase friction, which is the exact opposite to what is desired.

Whenever we’re sore we take action to deal with whatever area needs attention. Our hands should be no exception to that because they literally connect us to our fitness. Remember that chalk can be your friend if used correctly, and your enemy when used incorrectly. Removing excess chalk from your hands during the workout is just as important as washing it all off as soon as your workout is done. If a rip eventually happens, wash it with soap and warm water, remove excess skin if it has ripped open, shave down the ridges so that they won’t be able to catch on an implement, and throw on a blister band-aid to keep it clean. We use our hands everyday, so maintaining them should also be an everyday thing. Preventative actions now will help later because you won’t have to take time or intensity out of training and it won’t impact your outside life. Keep them moisturized, level, and supple enough to endure all the work you put into getting stronger!

New in July! Let’s get Strong together!

June’s swimming program is winding down (WOW that went by fast!), but we are very excited to announce TWO new specialty programs coming to you in July!!

These classes will start the first week in July and be held at 6:30pm. Therefore, there will be no 6:30pm class for July and beginning of August. We came to this conclusion because 6:30pm is our lowest attended class with an average of 1.8 attendees in the past 30 days.

6-Week POWER HOUR: A Power Lifting (Squat, Bench Press, & Deadlift) based program. This program is aimed at those who enjoy or want to become all around stronger by dedicating full effort towards building muscle mass, moving heavy weights, and moving them quickly! All lift, no conditioning. You will be coached through the use of methods and movements not regularly seen in your normal CrossFit classes to accelerate your strength development! Examples of this will be banded deadlifts, Glute Ham Raises, Unstable Bench Press, and more! Remember, strength is never a weakness!

Price: $153 for 6-Weeks

Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 6:30pm beginning July 6th

Coaches: Jeremy Worthington & Jared Bradford

Included:

  • Access to a private Facebook group for camaraderie, accountability, and extra information before each session!
  • Exclusive “Power Hour CrossFit Worthy” T-Shirt
  • Get stronger with friends!

 

6-Week Pull-Up Program: We’ve seen the need for a Body Weight Program or more specifically a “Pull –Up” Program. Most everyone has a goal of doing their first Pull-Up; we’re not guaranteeing you will achieve them with this program, but you will be stronger and a lot closer to that goal. The focus of this program is to dedicate time and effort to developing a strict Pull-Up or Chin-Up, through strengthening the entire shoulder girdle, developing gleno-humeral rhythm, and good old fashion work! If you currently can do a strict Pull-Up or two, that’s great! This program will still help you to add reps or weight to what you are already capable of!

Price: $108 for 6-Weeks

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30pm beginning July 5th

Coaches: Jeremy Worthington & Erich Focht

Included:

  • Access to a private Facebook group for constant contact with coaches, accountability with friends.
  • Exclusive articles regarding upper body strength written just for you!
  • Dedicated time to focus on building upper body pulling strength

03.07.2014

WARM-UP:  5 Rounds:
          5 Bar Rows
          5 OHS
          5 Leg Lifts
STRENGTH/SKILL: Chest to bar & kipping skill work!
WOD: OPEN 14.2
     In 3:00 complete: (if completed before time cap, rest)
     2 Rounds: 10 OHS 95/65#
               10 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
     In 3:00 complete:
     2 Rounds: 12 OHS
               12 C2B
     In 3:00 complete:
     2 Rounds: 14 OHS
               14 C2B
     *Keep going until you cannot achieve 2 rounds in 3:00. Add 2 reps to each movement every 3 minutes.....Thanks a lot Dave Castro ;)

03.04.2014

WARM-UP: 5:00 AMRAP
         5 DB Press
         10 Bar Rows
         15 Squats
STRENGTH:  8 Rounds, :15on/:15off
           1.) Handstand Push Ups
           2.) Strict Pull Ups
WOD:  8:00 AMRAP
      5 Toes to Bar
      5 Chest to Bar
      5 Burpee Box Jumps

1.17.2014

WARM-UP:  3 Rounds of Cindy:
          5 Pull ups
          10 Push ups
          15 squats

          3 Rounds with an empty bar:
          3 Hang Snatch (HSn)
          3 High Hang Snatch (HHSn)
          3 Overhead Squats (OHS)

STRENGTH:  E2M: 3@60%, 3@70%, 3@80%, 3+@90%
           1.) OHS
           2.) Pull Ups           

WOD 1:  21-15-9
        Burpees
        Push PRess 95/65#
--REST 3:00--
WOD 2:  9-7-5
        Burpees
        Push Press 95/65#
*record time for WOD 1, and total time for both WODs.

01.15.2014

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge is on February 15th! We are getting a jumping team together tosupport a great cause! Information can be found on the flyers around the gym, or ask us!!

WARM-UP:  3 Rounds:
          5 Banded Pause Front Squats w/ empty bar
          5 Db Press
          5 Seated Box Jumps
STRENGTH:  1.) Front Squat E2M
               3@60%, 3@70%, 3@80%, 3+@90%
           2.) Push Press 
               10:00 to find a 3RM
(partner)WOD:  AMRAP in 15:00
               A1: 20 Wall Balls (pacer)
               A2: 5 T2B (Toes to bar)
                   5 Pull Ups

01.13.2014

Happy Monday Everyone!! Start your week with a positive attitude and drive for strength in all areas in your life! Today we start a new On-Ramp program, a new 12pm class, and a class designated for Middle and High School students only at 3pm on MWF’s!! We are excited and eager to start these new classes! Email us for more information!

WARM-UP:  3 Rounds:
          30 Squats
          20 Pass Throughs
          10 Push Ups
STRENGTH:  E2M: 3@60%, 3@70%, 3@80%, 3+@90%
           Back Squat
           Dips / Push Ups
WOD:  11.6 (Open Workout)
      AMRAP in 7:00
      3-6-9-12-15-18....
      Thrusters 100/65#
      C2B (chest to bar pull ups)

01.03.2014

Mark your calendars!!! Tuesday January 14th at 7:15pm, we will be having an all gym meeting!!!We will be discussing setting SMART goals for this year, and other gym related topics!!! DON'TMISS IT!!!

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WARM-UP:
3 Rounds: Cindy + OHS 5 Pulls Ups 10 Push Ups 15 Squats 7 OHS (Overhead Squats) w/ empty bar STRENGTH: E2M: A.) Overhead Squats B.) Strict Pull Ups (weighted) 7@50%, 7@60%, 7@70%, 7+@80% WOD: 3 Rounds: 1:00 Double Unders :15 REST 1:00 Hand Release Push Ups (HRPS) :15 REST 1:00 Kettle Bell Swings (American)

09.27.2013 [friday]

Warm-up WOD: 3 Rounds of Cindy:
                              5 Pull Ups
                              10 Push  Ups
                              15 Squats
[partner] WOD:  AMRAP in 10:00
                              A1: 400m Run (pace)
                             A2:  Ball Slams (score)
                             A3:  Burpees (score)
Strength:  Front Squat
                   1-1-1-1-1-1-1 *Establish a new max
                   Push Jerk
                   1-1-1-1-1-1-1 *Establish a new max