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    NSmetzer is offline Senior Member
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    Default Figuring Out This Hand-Care Thing for Kettlebell Swings

    So I have been experimenting with different methods to prevent skin tearing when doing swings...etc. Here is what I have concluded.

    1. Chalk is a terrible idea in any amount.
    2. Sanding smooth your kettlebell handle for swings is a great idea.
    3. Keeping your hands CLEAN between swing sets is a great idea.
    - What do I mean by this? Essentially I would say to keep a wet rag and a dry towel near and then wipe off and dry your hands and kettlebell between swing sets. You can even wave our hands in the air (like you just don't care!) to help dry them fully.
    - This should really reduce any additional friction brought on by sweat, dirt, and other foreign objects between your hands and the kettlebell. Clean and dry hands also help to increase grip without the need of chalk.

    4. Then learn to properly grip the kettlebell, because my personal mistake was taking a vice-grip. This is not a good idea. Its more like a hook grip, making an "O" with your hand around the kettlebell. Most probably already know this but I didn't, and it seems to be information that is hard to find. It took me a while to find a good explanation.

    Hope this information is useful!

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    saintm is offline Senior Member
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    You could also add "buying a 'Ped Egg'" to the list. It's basically a cheese-grater for callouses. It looks like like a plastic egg, and I got mine in a pharmacy. Every now and then I just file down my callouses in a few minutes, and this keeps my hands from tearing up on swings and snatches.

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    NSmetzer is offline Senior Member
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    I guess my point here is information that isn't easily found. The Ped Egg and pumice stone thing...etc is common advice found anywhere. I own a Ped Egg, and it does help but no matter how much of these post workout care tips you use, you still must mitigate the hand damage during your workout. Today I did my 3rd weekly swing workout (working on the 10,000 swing program), and I taped my fingers because they are about swiss cheese. I still got some torn skin anyways. I get far less than I did on day 1, but it still happens...

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    The hands will adapt to kettlebell training. A beginner will surely develop blisters and torn skin if they do too much. Gradually increase reps ovet time. Keep the callouses smooth, File down the sharp ridges and Pavel gives you permission to use creams or lotions - just keep that to yourself - just don't talk about it.....heee!!..hee!!...Dennis

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    NSmetzer is offline Senior Member
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    I am probably more intermediate when it comes to kettlebells, but guess my hands aren't. Adding to that was my stint in Strongman competitions; my hands should be holding up better than they are. Even with being acclimated to my Strongman events; I ripped calluses on occasion. I imagine its just something that will inevitably happen regardless of how well you take care and maintain your hands.

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