The Forgotten Art of Hand Care.
Fri, 2012-06-01 10:02
Calluses are like good friendships; it takes time to form them, but they help you when you really need them and it hurts when they rip...off...but not if you moisturise them...well, ok the metaphor kinda failed there but you get the idea.
I believe not many people here want to be hand models, so I assume the average traceur/freerunner doesn't have dreams of having smooth, pretty hands. Training, especially training hard, gives you scars and I think majority of us do cherish our scars. Calluses is one of those things that I've seen practitioners talk about and compare a lot. The rest of those things, you don't want to know.
Calluses are thick layer of skin that develop over time with repetitive pressure and friction. They are the reason the skin in your hands don't get cut open and start bleeding every time you climb a wall. Basically your very clever body is adapting to protect itself. The only thing is they have the tendency to overdevelop and eventually start pinching and possibly rip off and take a big chunk of skin with them. Scaffolding training anyone?
To prevent this, the best thing to do is to take regular care of your calluses. It really doesn't take much to do so and you don't have to do it that often either. It's a detail that gets neglected a lot, but will save you from leaving a big piece of your hand on a steel bar in the middle of a training session. Best solution, I think, is to buy a pumice stone (fairly cheap online) and after a hot shower (or soaking your hands in warm water for a bit to let your calluses rise) just sand down your calluses with the pumice stone. Make sure you don't go overboard with it, you just want to get rid of the dead skin layer that's building up on top. To finish off apply a bit of moisturiser and that's you done.
This process will help you flatten down your calluses so they won't pinch when you're climbing, swinging, weight lifting or whatever you do that gives you the hands of a lumberjack.
P.S. Yes, that is a picture of my beautiful hand.