Weight lifting gloves. Who uses them?

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    Jan 15, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    I damaged one hand and need to wear something but definitely don't need something that wraps around my wrist. Does anyone use gloves for lifting. What are the issues with selecting them.
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    Jan 15, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    I use them. My issues were palm padding, ventilation, and ease of putting them on and off.
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    Jan 15, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I stopped using them a long time ago. Love the feel of the diamond cut bar. I actually feel stronger if I can feel the bar.
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    Jan 15, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    I agree with Scott. I don't wear them either. I've never quite liked the feel of gloves, almost like I don't have a true feel for the bar. The two prominent callouses seem to hold things pretty well without them. I do use straps for some things, however.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 15, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    I wear them just because I don't want to develop calluses on my palms. It's not very relaxing for a client when I massage them and my palms feel rough.
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    Jan 15, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    The pros and cons of gloves:

    Pros: Protects those hands from developing callouses.

    Cons: Hinders the improvement of grip strength, riddled with germs, and from a recent convo with a buddy it's rather "wussy" (not that there is anything wrong with that).

    Cheers!
    (Sorry, didn't really answer the original post)
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    Jan 15, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    con: it prevents callouses from developing. a hand full of calouses, the more callouses and rough your hands are from working out the better. over time the callouses allows a better grip. and looks rugged too.

    to the masseus, I see where you are coming from, females hate the rough hands on guys. but some men love it. i would rather see a dude with thick rough hands that those that look protected and delicate.
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    meluvmanicotti saidcon: it prevents callouses from developing. a hand full of calouses, the more callouses and rough your hands are from working out the better. over time the callouses allows a better grip. and looks rugged too.


    I kinda agree with Meluvmanicotti...but it's slightly uncomfortable when u'r single and u have to..umm...u know :-P (someone's gotta say it)
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    For many years, I used chalk and had thick callouses that I'd peel off every so often. Not any more. Gloves all the way, especially on the newer equipment which has a smoother finish. When my hands are sweaty it's harder to hold the bar. I trained without gloves the other day, and was slipping all over.

    Most gyms won't allow a chalk box anymore, although, I have seen some chalk lately at LA Fitness.

    I use gloves.
    I use knee wraps.
    I use wrist wraps.
    I lift in wrestling shoes.
    I wear a belt, but, loosely, unless I'm over 1000 or so on the leg press and over 275 on squats. I wear a belt on front squats. Fronts squats kick my behind.
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    I only wear one lifting glove because occasionally I have this overwhelming urge to moonwalk. It's like a nervous tick. The glove just helps me stay in character.
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    what... no elbow wrap?

    (pokin' fun there chuck)

    i use gloves - i hate the feel of callous hands

    harbinger wristwrap works well for me

    you can usually find them at any sporting goods store
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    glove user too. the wristwraps were helpful when i was having wrist issues.
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    Ibuprofen for the elbows, every so often. Usually, nothing.
  • auryn

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    Jan 15, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    I also use them (And I'm glad chuckystud says he uses them. I don't think anyone would call him girlie.)

    As a massage therapist who is into treatment therapy (far from being a masseuse - would need a va-jayjay to be a masseuse) callouses can take away the sensitivity I need to find and distinguish between certain things in a body. I've had relaxation massages from men with rough hands and have thought that the mild exfoliation that I got because of them was interesting.

    Also, I think that if a guy is going to have rough hands, that he should get them from manual labor, not working out. If he has a desk job and calloused hands from working out, that's not manly, it's cheating.
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    Jan 15, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    No more girlie man.
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    Jan 15, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    I use gloves as well. They definitely help prevent callouses, and also seem to help alleviate the hand-cramping I occasionally get.
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    Jan 15, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    I dont get the grip strength argument myself, If I am doing dead lifts I am not doing them for grip strength and will get far more out of them through using a gripper or gloves. If you want grip strength do an exexrcise that is designed for that purpose.

    I prefer http://www.versagripps.com/ they are awesome too for chins and pull ups to really get the most out of the muscle to failure
  • GQjock

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    Jan 15, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    I have to use gloves
    or my hands start to hurt...I def can lift more with them
    I use Valeo gloves
    they're soft and pad your hands
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    Jan 15, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    I must be a bitch, my callouses always hurt like a motherfvcker.

    Especially when doing back, so I started wearing gloves
  • auryn

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    Jan 15, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Does the word "moisturizer" mean anything? I used to paint houses before doing what I am now. Lotion helped get rid of my calluses then, and, currently, helps soften the ones I occasionally get from working out.
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    Jan 16, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    I use gloves and Versagripps.
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    I use Harbinger flexfit gloves http://www.harbingerfitness.com/cgi-bin/6fyd-xxe5x.cgi?133&&sku
    they are machine washable and very comfy. My only problem is that I have small hands so I usually have to buy them online.
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    Here's the gear I use boys:

    Pro Wrist Straps
    http://www.prowriststraps.com/
    Wrist_Wraps_Convict_Pro_all_1.jpg

    And Schiek straps
    http://www.schiek.com/straps.html
    1000DLS.jpg

    And Harbinger gloves
    http://www.harbingerfitness.com
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    And Asics shoes
    http://www.asicsamerica.com
    JY702_9001M.jpg

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    I've used Gorilla Grips for a couple of years - they're GREAT - none of the issues of wraps, tight gloves, sweat, etc....

    http://www.prime-fit.com/gorilla_grips.htm

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    Jan 16, 2008 6:10 AM GMT
    They are very useful. But me being someone who works in a gym, the majority of people that I see wearing them are typically inexperienced and as a whole don't know what they are doing when then come to work out. It seems like they're just trying to look like they know what they're doing.

    P.S.: I am NOT KNOCKING anyone who uses them (I own a pair and sometimes use them myself). It's just what I tend to notice.