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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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