What You Should Know About Weight Lifting Gloves
Weight Lifting Gloves and the Overheated Hands – Why Grip Pads Reign Supreme?
Anyone serious about getting the most out of their weightlifting routines, realizes sooner or later that they can’t do it alone. The pain and discomfort your hands experience – as a result of the weight bars – isn’t just an inconvenience – it can hinder your performance and slow down your progress.
Inevitably, weightlifters begin to research the solutions to confront this issue. High among these solutions are grip pads, and weight lifting gloves. But how do you know which solution is best for you?
The pitfalls of weight lifting gloves
It’s no secret that many weightlifters, particularly those who are just getting started, will turn to weight lifting gloves to provide protection during routines. It seems only natural that a glove pro-vide the type of protection that you’d want for your hands, right?
Not so fast. The realty is that gloves don’t provide the type of protection you want, or need, while doing any type of heavy lifting. And worse yet, these gloves may be doing more harm than good. But how?
Weight lifting gloves don’t have you covered like lifting grips
Most experienced weightlifters have long since discovered that weight lifting gloves don’t cover your hand – and fingers – the way that lifting grips do. Weight lifting gloves actually leave your fingers entirely exposed, leading to possible discomfort and damage.
Weight lifting gloves also don’t typically have the type of thick material that truly is needed to protect your hand (and fingers) from the pain and grip of a weight bar. If a pair of gloves had the same type of thickness and cushioning as grip pads, not only would these gloves be difficult to put on and take off, but they’d leave your hands extremely overheated and sweaty.
Weight lifting gloves – can you feel the heat?
One area where weight lifting gloves outshines its competitors is in heat – as in the amount of heat that is forced upon your hands during a workout. This is not something you should strive for during any routine. Heat causes the body to tire easily, and the sweat that’s built up inside your gloves can become distracting, uncomfortable, and even cause skin rashes.
Another adverse effect of the sweaty-hand syndrome is that your weight lifting gloves become extremely hard to take off. Sweaty and overheated hands become swollen and sticky, making it an obstacle to take off your gloves or put them back on. While this may not seem like that big of a deal at the end of your workout, what happens if you want to take off your gloves during your routine (which is fairly common because of how hot your hands get)?. Not only do you end up adding more time to your rest time between reps, but you’re likely to grow agitated and frus-trated by the effort required to remove a simple pair of weight lifting gloves.
Weight lifting gloves are prone to damage
One thing many experienced weightlifters have realized when they use the lifting grips by Grip Power Pads is that the pads don’t break down, and certainly not nearly as quickly as weight lift-ing gloves.
But why do these gloves breakdown so quickly? You’d think a product made specifically for the gym, like weight lifting gloves, would be durable and long lasting. But there are a few reasons why these gloves are prone to degradation, including:
Weight lifting gloves can’t be built too durable or else they’d be even heavier, bulkier, and hotter for your hands than they are already
Weight lifting gloves have vulnerable pieces, particularly the finger holes
Another vulnerable piece of weight lifting gloves is the zipper or Velcro strap. Higher-end gloves feature a zipper, but these zippers break, often, particularly when your hands swell up from becoming overheated
Find your power and comfort in grip pads
While weight lifting gloves are often the first thing that comes to mind for hand protection during a workout, most experienced and dedicated weightlifters have discovered the benefits of lifting grips. These grip pads are designed to specifically address the many disadvantages and pitfalls faced with weight lifting gloves. This includes:
- Full protection – Weight lifting gloves fail in providing any protection at all on your fingers. But using lifting grips during your routine will provide you the total coverage – evenly dispersed – that your hands and fingers need.
- Actual cushioning – Many people get gloves without putting much thought into the actual purpose of these gloves. Your goal is to get some type of cushioning on your hands to offer relief and provide you a chance to workout longer, and harder. But weight lifting gloves don’t offer the type of cushioning that lifting grips offer. Because they don’t have unnecessary features like glove holes, these pads can afford to offer thick cushioning, without causing any added discomfort or bulkiness.
- Actual relief – Grip pads don’t cover the part of your hand doesn’t need protection – the back of your hand. As such, they don’t cause your hands to sweat or overheat. They’re designed to protect that parts of your hand that need it the most while allowing the rest of your hands to rest and breathe comfortably. Weight lifting gloves can not offer that.
Grip pads – not an option – a necessity for any weight-lifter
It almost goes without saying that most serious weightlifters – male or female – realize how im-portant it is to protect their hands. Protected hands not only keep you from unneeded pain and discomfort, but can help you increase your reps and workout time.
While gloves are often chosen first as a means of hand protection, most men and women quickly look toward other options, namely grip pads. With unsurpassed protection (for the entire hand), breathability, and lifting grips designed for both men and women, Grip Power Pads has proven to be the preferred choice for any weightlifter.