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Glove Stories

Should I get some workout gloves?

There are some people that seem to do fine without, but most that I’ve seen, even if they’ve already gone several months without gloves, really appreciate having their hands straped in. Besides that, as your hands get used to pushing and pulling different objects, they start to toughen up, and then there’s, yup, calluses. I’ve never seen anyone get complemented on having rough hands.

Will wearing gloves make me stronger?

Yes, wait sorry, I mean no, but they will make it easier to get stronger as you maintain consistency.

Gimme one good reason why I should wear gloves…

They increase the effectiveness of your workouts by reducing the sweat between your hands and the weights.

Oh, ok will gimme another one then…

They decrease the chance of your hands getting calluses by reducing the pinch against your skin.

Hey that was a little bit like the first reason!

Ok, you got me, adding gloves to your fitness wardrobe can greatly increase your overall gym style.

Without Gloves

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With Gloves

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Ok that was a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea.

Wow, your hands are so rough and callused, that’s so cool could you massage my back and shoulders, and then my face, please…

Yea that’s the spot, right there!


Lets get one thing straight, I’ve got nothing against wood workers, but if you’re giving someone a massage, and it feels to them like an axe on wood, you might consider taking better care of your hands.


Hmm, all’s fair in Gloves and War! In 1894, during the post civil war period, William Stewart Halsted, the first chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, invented rubber gloves for his future wife, because her hands were developing dermatitis from the surgical chemicals of daily surgeries. There’s more to the story but lets just say, after that, more gloves were ordered.


Photo by koolshooters

  • When to wear workout gloves?

    Some activities might actually be harder when wearing gloves, like using a pulley or cable machine in which the handles usually rotate while in your hand. On the other hand (hahaha couldn’t resist), there are certain exercises and movements where gloves truly come in handy, like pull-ups, attempted pull-ups and bodyweight rows. Thinking about it now most exercises that require the pulling of something feel much better with gloves.
    Notice, when you pull something toward you or pull yourself toward something else, that’s the time when your skin starts to get all bunched up in your hand, and pinched at that point where the digits of your fingers meet your palm.

    • Carpals: the bones of the wrist
    • Metacarpals: the bones of the hand
    • Phalanges: the bones of the fingers

    I’ve had clients that had a very difficult time using their hands to lift even easy weight, after a full week of moderate weight lifting without wearing gloves. I’ll tell you straight up if you’re not used to working with your hands in general, then this could cause a lot of pain, you’ll live, but it’ll hurt like all heck. Better to strap on a pair, and focus on the actual workout. Another point that some of you can relate to, is bike riding, how many times have I unintentionally drifted on a bicycle, wiped out, scraped my hands on rocks or asphalt, and still come out with just a small papercut scratch because I was wearing even the most basic of gloves.
    There was also another time when I was spotting someone and as they reracked the bar my hand was caught in between, ouch, yea I know my fault but aside from the pain, yo I was totally fine. That thin piece of a cotton-polyester blend created enough cushion so that my skin wasn’t ripped off. Again it still friggin hurt so don’t try this at home, but a 30 dollar pair of gloves…worth it.

  • When to wear workout gloves?

    Some activities might actually be harder when wearing gloves, like using a pulley or cable machine in which the handles usually rotate while in your hand. On the other hand (hahaha couldn’t resist), there are certain exercises and movements where gloves truly come in handy, like pull-ups, attempted pull-ups and bodyweight rows. Thinking about it now most exercises that require the pulling of something feel much better with gloves.
    Notice, when you pull something toward you or pull yourself toward something else, that’s the time when your skin starts to get all bunched up in your hand, and pinched at that point where the digits of your fingers meet your palm.

    • Carpals: the bones of the wrist
    • Metacarpals: the bones of the hand
    • Phalanges: the bones of the fingers

    I’ve had clients that had a very difficult time using their hands to lift even easy weight, after a full week of moderate weight lifting without wearing gloves. I’ll tell you straight up if you’re not used to working with your hands in general, then this could cause a lot of pain, you’ll live, but it’ll hurt like all heck. Better to strap on a pair, and focus on the actual workout. Another point that some of you can relate to, is bike riding, how many times have I unintentionally drifted on a bicycle, wiped out, scraped my hands on rocks or asphalt, and still come out with just a small papercut scratch because I was wearing even the most basic of gloves.
    There was also another time when I was spotting someone and as they reracked the bar my hand was caught in between, ouch, yea I know my fault but aside from the pain, yo I was totally fine. That thin piece of a cotton-polyester blend created enough cushion so that my skin wasn’t ripped off. Again it still friggin hurt so don’t try this at home, but a 30 dollar pair of gloves…worth it.

  • Shoud I wear gloves when lifting weights?

    In my point of view absolutely, along with body weight exercises, it’s safer and helps with the grip.

  • Can I wash workout gloves, or gym gloves?

    Yes, you should wash them about once a week by hand, without scrubbing them, and let them air dry out of direct sunlight.

  • What are the best workout gloves to buy?

    Personally I wear cycling gloves while working out in the gym, they’re comfortable, breathable, easy to wash, last a long time, and fashionable.

  • Are Workout gloves good?

    Hey, they’re not just good, they’re really, good, if gloves come with a side of fries… perfect!

What kind of gloves do I wear for gym workouts? Actually I like cycling fingerless gloves, the colors are cool, they’re comfy, and they provide decent cushion, while being lightweight, that’s a hot combination.

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Hypertension

Each time your heart beats, blood is pumped through your arteries and veins, which are the blood vessels of your circulatory system. Arterial blood pressure is created by the force exerted by the blood against the artery walls, as they carry blood around your body.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is when the pressure of the blood being pumped through your arteries is higher than it should be.

High blood pressure or hypertension has been called the “silent killer”, because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not even know they have it.

Over time, the constant pressure overload causes accumulating damage that eventually becomes more than your circulatory system can handle, often leading to serious health problems.

See case study ↗

Foods that can help.

Here’s a few foods that can actually help to lower your blood pressure:

Green leafy vegetables
Salmon, Halibut, Tuna
Beans and Lentils
Dark Chocolate
Pistachios
Flax seeds
Mushrooms
Cinnamon
tomatoes
Avocado
Berries
Garlic
Yogurt
Kimchi
Beets
Oats

When you get your blood pressure taken, and they tell you it’s like 140/90mmHg, that means that the pressure against the wall of your arteries when your heart beats is 140mmHg (millimeters of mercury), and the pressure against the walls of your arteries when your heart is at rest is 90 mmHg. Consistent high blood pressure can lead to all kinds of damage to the body. The normal is 120/80 or lower.

Eating too much salt makes it hard for our kidneys to remove water. Your kidney is what keeps your bodies fluid balanced, filters your blood, removes waste, and maintains the right levels of electrolytes. All of the blood in your body passes through them several times a day. Blood comes into the kidney, waste gets removed, and salt, water, and minerals are adjusted, if needed.

Actually protein powder is not the easiest thing for your body to break down, I actually know people that ended up on the hospital from not drinking enough water during the times they had protein shakes. Ever mix a protein powder, but didn’t mix it enough? It’s all hard and clumpy, you don’t want that to happen to your kidneys.

Waste products in the blood can reach hazardous levels, so when some ones kidneys start failing that need to get dialysis.

The average adult needs 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.

Athletes building muscle mass need 1.5 to 2.0 grams per kilogram of body weight per day.

And No, jogging to work while wearing wrist weights does not make you a professional athlete…