I took this picture of my hand after the Fran WOD (21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups). Sorry for the grossness of it!
For me, one of the most annoying things about CrossFit is tearing up your hands. At first, I thought it was a badge of honor, but now its just downright annoying and painful. I use to think that if I built up tough calluses, I would be less likely to tear up on the bar. But apparently I was mistaken. Calluses “pinch” easy which will cause a tear in no time. The most important thing you can do to prevent this is keeping your calluses under control. I decided to test out a couple of the popular methods to see which one worked best for me.
At first I tried shaving the calluses down with a bic razor. Everyone at my box seemed to rave about this method, but I think I was too much of a baby to apply any real pressure to the razor to see any noticeable results. All I could think about was pressing too hard and cutting my hand open (obviously this is highly unlikely, but again, I’m such a baby).
So, the second, and less scary method I tried, was using a nail file. I read this online somewhere and figured it was worth a shot. The nail file worked fine for some of my smaller calluses, but was absolutely useless on the larger, more built up ones. I would say the file is an okay last resort, but is not very effective.
After the razor and nail file, I decided to settle on a happy medium with a pumice stone. I let my hands soak in the shower for a bit and then started scrubbing away. The pumice stone was awesome! It easily removed all the built up skin and left a soft, level feel to my hands that I hadn’t seen in months. So, for anyone looking for a safe and painless way to remove calluses, the pumice stone will be your best friend.
I haven’t had the chance to workout since using the pumice stone this morning, but I am really excited to see if this makes a difference up on the pull-up bar. If you guys have any recommendations on keeping your hands callus free, we would love to hear about it!