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Super Glue

Works like magic.

Without a doubt, one of the most annoying impediments to training is a torn or ripped callus.  They are painful and surprisingly debilitating.  CrossFitters and Olympic lifters have found that super glue works great on callus rips and tears. Here is how I use it. Usually a callus rips up in a big flap and exposes painfully tender skin underneath.  This hurts and that small patch of skin will continue hurting every time it is brushed against something, exposed to hot water, or flexed.  What you want to do is glue that flap of ripped skin right back down.

Carefully pull the flap up and put a drop or two of super glue right in the middle of the rip.  Use enough to cover the whole patch of new skin.  Yes, this will hurt, but not for long.  Make sure your hand is completely open as you don’t want to tear the flap back up the first time you extend your fingers. I use a needle or the pin holding the glue top to then insure that the flap is completely glued down.  Don’t use your finger as you run the risk of gluing your finger to the ripped flap, leading to more and increasingly comical pain.  Keep your palm open for a minute or two and gently blow on it to dry the glue.  That’s it, you’re done, just about good as new.

The edges of the glued flap will peel up a little over the succeeding days.  I use a nail clipper or small scissors to clip off the raised edge and keep the glued flap flat so it won’t catch on anything.  Eventually the whole flap will bit by bit come off and the gradually exposed tender skin underneath will have more or less toughened up.  Before that happens, a simple tape wrap, which I will demo in tomorrow’s post, will allow you to continue lifting and training with virtually no discomfort.

Super glue was discovered in 1942 by a couple of scientists working for the Eastman Kodak Corporation.  Its original purpose was for armaments, but it came to be used for a wide variety of purposes, including bonding human skin.  It was in Vietnam that super glue was first used medically, in battlefield trauma units.  A cousin of the ubiquitous super glue is still used in ERs today.

How do you deal with tears and rips? Please post to Comments.

Workout:

Bench Press

8×2

Then:

1, 2, 3…9, 10

Clean and Jerk 155/100#

1 round of Cindy after each C & J round (5 pullups/10 pushups/15 squats)

2 Comments

  1. Jocelyn

    I keep my calluses shaved down regularly to avoid tearing. Also, I try to use as little chalk as possible when doing pull ups. Although if makes your grip feel secure, too much chalk increases friction and causes tearing. And there’s nothing worse than having to sit out a week of pull ups because I got lazy in my hand maintenance. However, there are those times when tearing simply cannot be avoided in which case that super glue comes to my rescue. Krazy.

  2. +1 NO CHALK!!!!!!

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