Weight and Resistance Training - Just out of curiosity: Gloves

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02-06-2008, 10:40 AM
I bet this has already been asked, but I don't like doing necroposting, and I'm the mood for asking questions these days.

So, just out of curiosity: who here uses gloves when lifting?

Personnally, I used to wear mine when I started, but I don't like them very much these days. Since I've started lifting heavy, contrary to what I was doing in the beginning, I have the feeling that they sort of "weaken" my grip. I've tried with different pairs, and the feeling persisted. It might only be a false impression, I don't know, I didn't want to take risks, though, so I stopped wearing them. Of course, now I have calluses, but I tend to consider them like "war scars" or something, and they make me more proud than embarrassed. :lol: You can't have your cake and eat it, hm.

02-06-2008, 10:49 AM
I wear them because my grip is the "weak link" in my exercises -- it will give out long before my back muscles or legs or whatever. So I use them for exercises like pullups, bent over BB rows, deadlifts, lat pulldowns, one arm rows and so on, so I can go as heavy as possible. Funny, even with the gloves I still have calluses! (and I'm proud of mine too :D )

02-06-2008, 10:57 AM
I used to wear gloves but then when I started with the personal trainer his wife warned me that he would mock me if I wore gloves (he does powerlifting & strongman) so I stopped. I have to say that I like actually feeling the bar a lot better. I do use chalk occassionally to help with the grip (usually just deadlift).

For callusses - if you find they are getting to big (& want to prevent ever having one tear out) you can file them down with an emery board.

02-06-2008, 11:52 AM
I wear gloves. My grip isn't great and while I probably should be working on it, I can lift more weight (especially with deadlifts) if I wear gloves. I just put 'em on when I get there and wear 'em the entire time I'm lifting.

02-06-2008, 12:48 PM
i used to wear them when i was working out with hands on metai (bars or db's), but the newest weights all seem to have some type of plastic or coating in the middle of the bar where you touch, so i don't get the caluses as badly now.

02-06-2008, 04:03 PM
I don't like gloves either.

02-06-2008, 06:18 PM
I wear them all the time. I can lift a lot heavier and I still have calluses even with the gloves. I also find that I have less bruises and nicks on the backs of my hands with the gloves.

I can do about 2 painful pull ups without gloves, or 10 with. I'd rather work the rest of my body. My grip is plenty strong to open peanut butter jars ;) and I can't think of any good reason to work to my grip strength as long as it's functional.


02-06-2008, 06:33 PM
I wear gloves.

Had a $10 check from Bally's once to spend at their front desk. Came down to 10 Bally's Energy Bars or gloves. I'd tasted the energy bars, I'd never tried gloves.

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02-06-2008, 09:11 PM
My grip is plenty strong to open peanut butter jars ;) and I can't think of any good reason to work to my grip strength as long as it's functional.


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02-07-2008, 05:13 AM
Interesting. :)

Although I'm not sure why anyone would find wearing vloes ridiculous. I guess this is one of those gym mysteries about being 'manly' or something?

Later on, when I can lift heavier, I wonder if I'll get back to gloves or not. Time will tell!

02-07-2008, 10:58 AM
Kery, I think it does have something to do with manliness. Strong grip, calloused hands = manly (or in certain cases, womanly).

I also use pads on the bar when I do squats. I avail myself of all the comforts the gym has to offer. :)

02-07-2008, 11:14 AM
I'm sitting here cracking up at the thought of Baff "comfortably" doing 200# squats with her squat pad. :rofl:

I use one too and understand what you meant, but I don't consider squats to be comfortable under ANY circumstances!! (you Amazon woman, you :strong:)

02-07-2008, 11:23 AM
Squats are something I'm working on but I was humbled last night doing one of my kettlebell exercises. You squat, holding a kettlebell straight up in the air with one hand, touching the ground with the other hand while you look at the kettlebell. Anyway, kettlebell in right hand, I can do it no problem. Kettlebell in left hand... uhhh yeah I couldn't really do it.

As for gloves, I don't use them but I used to on some machines at the gym because they were a bit rough and I started to form major calluses.

02-07-2008, 03:06 PM
So, Nelie, you have one hand up in the air (with the kettleball) and the other on the ground between your legs? outside your legs? Just trying to get a visual here. What's the purpose, to add more of an UB component to the squat? :)

02-21-2008, 05:57 PM
I wear gloves to avoid developing calluses, which are a problem if your wife is in the "anti-callus" camp. It also hurts like **** if you tear a callus on a heavy deadlift.

I think my grip is better with bare hands and chalk then with gloves, but I am not against using straps+gloves for rack pulls and other heavy lifts.

02-21-2008, 08:00 PM
If you file your calluses down periodically with a emery board it can help prevent tears. Also keep them feeling smoother.

02-22-2008, 04:33 AM
My callouses do bug me but I'm so hot and sweaty as it is when I work out that I hate the idea of adding even a piece of clothing as tiny as a glove, so I refuse to wear them. I won't wear a hat when running outdoors for the same reason--I'll actually get up early to try to beat the sun rather than suffer through wearing a hat.

But I do use the sissy pad (as my trainer has referred to it) for squats. And if there is a padded bench available for leg lifts, sit-ups, etc., you'd better believe I use that rather than doing them on a wimpy mat on the floor. I'm with baffled...use all the comforts!

Chinchilla Fairy
03-01-2008, 01:01 AM
This thread is interesting, as I was just thinking today I might like to try some gloves. I like to lift as heavy as possible and was considering gloves since most of the bars in my gym are rough metal where you grip. But it seems most of you dislike them.

My favorite trick for keeping a callus at bay - paraffin manicure. :D

08-01-2008, 04:19 PM
I've been using gorilla grips. I like them quite a bit.

08-01-2008, 04:49 PM
I'd be interested in a glove that would help stabilize my wrists. I have really flexible wrists and I find it difficult to keep them "locked" in the proper position.

Then again, if I had gloves that did that for me I'd never develop the strength I need to do it myself. Dilemma....

08-01-2008, 05:08 PM
Strengthening your wrists is the best way to go. Do you do any exercises for them?