Peloton recently shared the good, the bad, and the ugly about calluses on their blog, The Output. We wanted to make sure you have this helpful info so that you can embrace your calluses and maximize your strength training too!
Here’s a quick summary:
If you’ve recently started strength training or rowing, you might have noticed some calluses forming on your hands. Peloton wants you to know that while they may not look appealing, these calluses can actually benefit your fitness performance.
Calluses are your skin’s way of protecting itself from blisters and skin damage caused by repeated friction or pressure. They can help your skin brace against pressure and reduce the risk of tears and blisters. This, in turn, allows for more consistent and effective training.
In the post, Peloton instructor Logan Aldridge explains that calluses can provide a better grip on equipment like barbells, dumbbells, or even rowers. This improved grip helps maintain proper technique and maximize power output, while also preventing irritated or torn skin.
Did you know that instead of trying to get rid of calluses, it’s essential to build them up? That means caring for them properly. The post says these things can help build happy and healthy calluses:
- Gradually increasing your training volume
- Using proper grip technique
- Protecting your hands with gloves or tape
- Moisturizing your hands regularly
- Gently filing thick calluses
- Avoiding cutting or trimming calluses
For more information on the benefits of calluses and how to care for them, read Peloton’s in-depth article here.
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