Should you wear Gym Gloves
You can get an unlimited variety of workout apparel…
Track pants, shorts, shoes, tank tops, hoodies, belts, etc.
Yup, the world of fitness industry truly does have a wardrobe unto itself.
But I digress…
Nevertheless, if you’ve spent any time in the gym, you might have apparently seen a bunch of guys that wear exceptional gloves while they’re weightlifting.
And this is unquestionably a divisive subject among the varied members of the gym community.
Some guys will stare at you with murderous rage if you all but dare suggest that gloves can be beneficial.
Other guys swear by them, and wouldn’t even think of weight lifting without their trusty hand protectors.
But what’s the real deal here?
Should you be wearing gym gloves when you workout – and, if so, which ones should you go for?
Well, to answer all these topics, I am going to take you a thorough look at the pros & cons of wearing Gym gloves, so you will be loaded with all the information to make this decision for yourself.
The Pros Of Wearing Gym Gloves
One of the important advantages of Gym0gloves is the grip support that they supposedly offer.
You observe, holding onto heavy barbells or dumbells can be tough and a lot of guys will find that they tend to slip (especially when your hands get sweaty).
Workout gloves or gym gloves are designed with this in mind that the palm area being assembled specifically to help you tightly grip onto the weights that you’re lifting.
And, also, the gloves will also make assured that sweat won’t causes the weights to slip out of your hands.
One of the important features in favor of gym workout gloves is that they can be a lot more comfortable and easy than going barehanded.
Yup, those gym instruments can be cold, rough, and uninviting to wrap your hands around.
Gloves help to resolve this difficulty, efficiently protecting your hands from the elements.
This is primarily true if you’re working out in colder climates. The iron used in the gym equipment can get pretty damn cold, and gym gloves will largely protect you from this unpleasantness.
Now some brands of gym gloves also provide an additional advantage, in the form of extra wrist support.
These gloves especially have a velcro strap that you can wrap tightly around your wrist, making it feel more stationary.
Some fellows believe that this avoids from getting wrist injuries, and can also be used to rehabilitate current wrist issues while still weightlifting.
The Cons Of Wearing Gym Gloves
Wait for a second! I thought you said that gloves gave you better grip…
Well, I did, but gloves can also harm your ability to grip the weights too.
Let me explain.
As a generic rule, the thicker is the bar, the harder it will be to get a safe grip on it.
This is why there are products specifically engineered to make bars thicker – like Fat Gripz, for instance.
When you wear those gloves, you are effectively adding an extra layer of thickness to the bar.
And depending on the gloves themselves, this can be pretty significant.
On pulling exercises such as ( deadlifts or rows), or pull-ups, you may notice that wearing Gym gloves actually limits your capacity to lift as much weight, since your grip will often give out before the muscles that you are primarily training do.
For some workouts, like bench press & shoulder press, it is important that you keep the bar in the palm of your hand, close to your wrists.
When you wear gloves, it will oftentimes force the bar to move up towards your fingers, due to the increased bulk from the glove.
This can add unwanted pressure on your wrists, increasing the likelihood of injuries over time.
In addition, it will frequently make your lifts more challenging, since the bar positioning will be off throughout the movement.
Once you start wearing gloves to the gym, you can come to depend on them or used to them.
Workouts just won’t feel right if you aren’t wearing your special gloves or feel something missing.
And, really, this may not be an obstacle…as long as you always have your gloves with you.
But no doubt about it, you’ll definitely be less flexible about how your workout.
What About Calluses?
I wanted to save this one for last…
You see, from my views, the biggest reason that most of the guys want to wear gloves is to avoid calluses.
No one wants to have cheese-grater Palm, so many guys sensibly use these gloves in an effort to avoid this.
Well, using gloves won’t get much of a difference to whether you’ll get calluses or not.
I have lifted extensively both with and without gloves. In both cases, I developed calluses.
In reality, there is some proof to suggest that you may get even worse calluses with gloves, as a result of holding the bar wrong.
Overall, I wouldn’t advise that most guys wear Gym gloves.
The technique is especially necessary when lifting weights, so that point alone overrides any of the potential benefits of using gloves.
So, to address the initial fear, you can treat any potential calluses that develop by moistening them, and shaving them down if required.
Or they might not really end up bothering you – and you may even start witnessing them as badges of honor as you lift more and more weight.
If you are thinking of wearing gloves for grip issues, I would suggest you to work on your grip strength instead.
Or buying some straps, chalk, or even an eco-ball, if you feel your grip slipping during heavy barbell pulls.
All of that it is always being said, I don’t think that Gym gloves are the worst thing in the world.
If you are lifting regularly lighter dumbbells or barbells, live in a really cold climate, or just prefer the way that gloves feel, then go right ahead & wear them.
In fact, I’ll be following up this article soon with some of my suggestions on which gloves you should consider.
But for now, let me end with one more benefit of NOT lifting with gloves…
And while this is only my opinion, I think that workout gloves take away from the visceral experience of lifting weights.
There is a barrier between you and the weights or equipment. Your palms never sense the cool steel of the bar, but rather only the warm embrace of their protective sheath.
Is this more comfortable?
Is it satisfying for getting you pumped up and lifting more weight?
Not in my experience…
Do you wear gym workout gloves? If so, what do you like about them? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.