Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hand Care For 2011

Do you suffer from a lot of hand tears in training? If so, in addition to working on your technique and not being sloppy about programming, I heartily recommend three products to you for 2011 to keep you hand-healthy and in the game: 

#1) Callous Shaver - $5
Even if your kettlebell technique is flawless, if you have callous build-up, snatches with a heavy bell is going to pull on the skin. Keeping your callous build-up under control will go a long way to avoiding tears.

2) Chalk - less than $5 a block
I've spoken with a lot of RKCs who eschew chalk, but here's the thing: friction + moisture = blisters, and blisters WILL tear. Work on your technique, do lots of reps, and use chalk to keep your hands dry. You don't have to cake layers of it on - a little will go a long way.

3) Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme - $10
Use this at night before you go to bed - your dry hands will thank you.


Beatrice said...

Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme - My hands get extremely dry and cracked in the winter and using regular hand lotion only seems to make it worse. This really soothes my hands and makes them soft. The smell is really strong and I don't like it, but with this being the only thing that works on my poor hands, it's definitely worth enduring to me!

Shea Butter said...

This is the first time I've tried Burt's hand lotion. It was a hand me down from my mother who has very sensitive hands and couldn't use it. I have to say, it keeps my hands soft. Honestly, not crazy about the smell, but my husband does. The scent fades pretty quickly, which makes it tolerable to use. I think i'll go put some on now!!

Boris said...

Agreed - the smell is a little much, but it certainly does a great job moisturizing!