Post # 1
I’m going to start to really get involved in my strength training, for the first month I really was just getting used to the machines and slowly increasing my weight for the free weights. But I want to start increasing it even more and start doing the smith machine and i’ve been thinking of getting some gloves so I’m curious, any one else use lifting gloves?
Post # 3
YAY! Good for you for lifting! I love finding other lifters 🙂
Personally, I do not use gloves and I lift really heavy. At first I would get raw spots on my hands but I don’t any more. I have heard a lot of arguments for just going natural. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using gloves at all.
On another note, is there a reason you are doing the Smith machine instead of squats? Smith machine can cause injuries (esp knee injuries) since it’s a slightly unnatural movement, and because it’s on a track it doesn’t engage your msucles as well as squats do. Squats will get you further in your strength/toning goals with less risk of injury.
Couple of articles: http://stronglifts.com/smith-machine-squats-power-rack-free-weights/
Sorry I didn’t mean to get off-topic, I just have a knee and hip injury and as a result am really careful about machines like the Smith which are controversial for such joints. Do whatever you think is right. Good luck and lift on!! 🙂
Post # 4
@indiblue: ok you said everything I was about to type pretty much word for word!
I started lifting about 5 weeks ago and my hands are pretty torn up at the moment but I’m told it gets better. I still haven’t decided if I’ll eventually use gloves, I’ll just keep going the way I am for the moment. I also wholeheartedly agree that a Smith machine isn’t the best option – squats all the way!
Post # 5
That’s what my gym offers so I figured I would at least maybe start on it, I can use the free bar as well but they don’t have an actual power rack or anything.
Post # 6
I do, otherwise my hands get cut up. I still have peeled skin and calluses, but at least no blood lol.
Post # 7
@FutureMrs86: Oh that sucks there’s no power rack! So sorry about that. Could you ask that they get one? That’s a pretty basic piece of gym machinery.
Personally I would stay away from the Smith and just do deadlifts and power cleans instead, no squat. I would hate it because I love squats, but my knee would blow out if I did. But your choice! Just listen to your body and be aware if something seems off.
Happy lifting!! I love that you lift… we really need to get rid of this steroetype that girls are doing themselves a favor sticking to machines and Jillian Michaels 5 lbs weights! Lifting is soooo good for you and makes you look good too 🙂
Post # 8
@DeathByDesign: Ditto here!
Have fun ðŸ˜ƒ
Post # 9
I have always used lifting gloves until very recently. Especially if you are doing heavier lifts of the grips on the weights are rough, I find that they keep my hands from tearing up and getting callusses (sp?). I make sure to spend a lot of time looking for ones that fit my hands just right. I am not lifting as much because we are doing some functional training classes, but getting a new set of gloves is on my list of things to do.
Post # 10
I use them. They are the brand Ocelot and I got them from Amazon. They have lasted me years and when they start to get gross from sweat and stuff, I throw them in the wash and air dry. They do not have wrist straps since I heard that they are not recommended. I wear them to avoid calluses.
I would echo the others’ comments about the Smith machine. I don’t even know if I’d use it as a last resort. My gym also did not have a squat rack for the longest time and I would try to substitute other things or do variations to avoid the Smith. It forces you into a fixed range of motion which might not agree with your unique physiology.
I’ve been doing one-legged squats for the past few weeks – man are they tough! I can still only do body weight and I manage to touch my butt down to the bench of the bench press but I started with a higher bench. They are a fun variation!
Also, google goblet squats if you are not familiar. You can use a heavy dumbbell and that might work for you for awhile.
Post # 11
once you start lifting you’re going to LOVE how the weight starts falling off! its the only thing that has worked for me. my fiancee comes to the gym with me and trained me on the weights, and spots me when i lift heavy. its great! i do wear gloves. it just makes me feel like i can get a better grip on the weights. although i do still get small calluses. also make sure NOT to wear your e-ring lol
Post # 12
Thanks everyone!! I am really looking forward to this! My FI lifts and has been for two years so he knows what he’s doing for the most part. I think I am going to get gloves, I like these ones they have off of bodybuilding.com( I’m not trying to be a body builder but the website has some good info on it)
I workout at Planet Fitness and they aren’t really geared towards ” bodybuilders” so that’s why they don’t have a power rack which is fine I will make do.
Post # 13
I lift some, and I don’t use glove because I haven’t found any that work for me. The ones I’ve tried seem to give me more problems than going without, but I may try the ones recommended above!
Post # 15
I have them but I never really use them. Most of the time I find that my hands want to slide or slip of the bar with them.
Post # 16
I use gloves. I was a gymnast until 20 and am tired of callouses. I keep my ring on under my gloves because taking my ring off just increases the likelihood that I will lose it. Actually had a woman begging to get into the changing room I was in because she left her ering on the bench. I know lifting with my ering will damage the diamonds on the back – almost full eternity band but our jeweler told us not to worry about it, they will replace them for free.