There’s no shame in using gymnastics tape to prevent blisters and tears on your hands during CrossFit movements. You can use tape whether you’re on the pull-up bar or using a barbell.
Gym wraps and gloves are also a great alternative, but they can get hot during long workouts, and it’s easy to lose them somewhere on the floorboard of your car (trust us). In a pinch, taping works just as well—and a lot of athletes prefer it to the extra bulk. Follow these steps to create a protective layer for your callused hands so you can focus on form and optimal movement instead of the pain on your palms.
Step 1: Cut a length of athletic tape
Gymnastics or athletic tape—it’s all the same, and it’s cheap. You can find it at most grocery stores or big box stores in the sporting goods aisle. Cut a length that measures approximately the length of your forearm to the tip of your fingers.
Step 2: Fold the strip of tape in half lengthwise
Try to make this as smooth as possible. Wrinkles can create an uneven feel and may even cause a blister.
Step 3: Bend the gymnastics tape into an loop alongside itself
I like to put a small square of tape at the top (as shown) to hold it in place.
Step 4: Tape the two sides together lengthwise
Make sure to tape both the front and back, again ensuring no wrinkles!
Step 5: Dominate
Place on your middle or ring finger and tape in place around your wrist. If you’re careful, these can be used several times before needing to be replaced.
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