I could not really remember when exactly I started wearing lifting gloves ever since I learned about weight training. Probably after the first few sessions, I always wear the gloves, as recommended by fitness instructor so that my hands wouldn’t feel the pain. In fact, I had sweaty palms, so the gloves did help in my gripping strength during my early days.
Three weeks ago, my gloves were worn out again. My sixth pair within five years. I am lazy to go to get the replacement. So, I have been training without gloves for the past three weeks.
To my surprise, somehow, I found that training without gloves gives me a totally new experience.
- May be it is just me, but, without the gloves, my hand “feels” the bar or the dumbbell directly. The grip in fact is more secured without the thickness of the gloves.
- Because of that, I realize that I am now holding the bars, be them straight bar or EZ bar, tighter. Contrary to my belief, lifting the same weight seems to be easier. So, I have tried added few more pounds, if not doing few more reps.
Having said that, I do not deny the fact that I could feel that my hands are hurt too at each training session, but the pain goes away within short time. Guess it is a matter of time to get used to that. I foresee calluses will grow pretty soon if I still lift the weights without gloves.
I will still get my seventh pair of lifting gloves. Why? So that I have a choice whenever I feel like training with gloves.
For those who want a good pair of lifting gloves, I highly recommend gloves from Harbinger.
How about you, have you trained without weight lifting gloves and how is your experience so far?
Category: Weight Training
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