It doesn’t matter if you’re bench-pressing 240 lbs. or curling a couple five-pounders. The gym is full of metal, and your hands are all over it. Though men might think it’s an amateur move, wearing gloves in the weight room is not only healthy for your hands but can also prevent a very preventable injury.
I know, ladies. We’ve earned the right to show off our guns by wearing tank tops and strutting our tight tushes in spandex shorts. So why would we cover up our well-manicured hands? Other than the fact that they provide cushion and comfort, I have two very good reasons:
1. Calluses – Ladies don’t aspire to have man hands. Unfortunately, lifting textured, metal objects can — and will — create rough, callused hands. Help prevent these unsightly skin hangups by wearing a pair of supportive gloves. Already have rough spots?Click here for my tips on how to treat and rejuvenate your hands.
2. Broken toes — I know you’re asking yourself, “What do gloves have to do with my toes?” Let’s say you’re working hard (I know you are!) and sweating like crazy. You’re in the middle of squatting with dumbbells in hand. But then your hands slip, you lose your grip and where are those weights headed? Straight for your little piggies. Ouch! My point is this: don’t risk losing your grip, your form or your pinky toe. Wear gloves to give you a more secure grip while strength training.
Trainer tip: How to choose the right pair
Yes, gloves need to be comfortable, but the worst thing you could do is buy a pair that’s too loose. I suggest splurging on a big name brand with a Velcro tab to make it easy to adjust the fit and quickly get the gloves on and off. My top pick is Valeo Mesh Back Lifting Gloves, which come in small, medium and large sizes.
Jennifer Nicole Lee is an International fitness model, best-selling author and motivational speaker who has appeared on Oprah, CBS The Early Show, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment and Fox and Friends. She is the author of the The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook and was named one of the “Three Top Females in the Fitness Industry” of 2011 by Yahoo Sports. Check out her health and fitness tips and videos exclusively on the Vitacost Blog.