Caring For Your New Calluses

You know that your lifting has taken a serious turn for the better when you need to starting thinking about callus care.

Websters dictionary defines a callus as “an area of skin that is hard or thick, especially on the palm of the hand or sole of the foot, as from continual friction or pressure”. For lifters, the friction is usually from the barbell or weight handle, and the pull-up bar. For example, deadlifting will cause calluses close to the base of the fingers, while pull-ups can cause massive amount of calluses on your fingers and palm–especially when kipping or butterfly kip is used.

It is good to develop calluses because they toughen up the skin to protect it from blisters and tears. Those who wear gloves while lifting will never develop this natural safety feature.