Although they may seem of low importance, fitness gloves are a mandatory accessory during any workout. As stated by experts in fitness, strength repetitive exercises can hurt your hands. Holding dumbbells, working at the drawbar, and lifting very large weights could hurt your wrist and palms. To prevent pain, and possible injuries during training, it is best to use a pair of fitness gloves. They provide a buffer area between the hand and the equipment while supporting the wrist. If you are not sure about how to choose your fitness gloves, have a look at the most important aspects that you must take into account when making such a purchase.
Fitness gloves should fit perfectly on your hands. They should not be too tight, not to obstruct the blood flow, neither too loose, not to slide during exercises. Brand new gloves can be stiff, but they will soften during use. Fitness gloves should not cause any discomfort or pain during use. If this happens, it means that the chosen size is wrong and you should change the pair immediately. When you do not have the opportunity to try the gloves before buying them (online shopping), chose only models that have the size printed on them.
Because they are designed to withstand long activity and repetitive movements that can damage the material, fitness gloves are made out of durable materials, such as nylon, leather or neoprene. Nylon is the least durable of the three, so if you do frequent and intense training wear will be faster, so we advise you to choose fitness gloves made of leather or neoprene. Another important aspect is the ability to wash the gloves. To save time, choose gloves that can be machine washed, along with other equipment.
Fitness gloves must have areas of anti-slip material, strategically placed in order to protect your palm. These sections provide traction when you grab dumbells or other fitness machines, preventing the slip of the hands. Without gloves, sweaty hands will lead to possible accidents. Also being able to get a firm grip ensures proper exercise.
A flexible pair of gloves offers better movement, while stiffer models are suitable for lifting weights. The stiffer gloves could take longer to mold onto your hands, but they can keep the user’s grip form, providing extra comfort. Nylon gloves are the most flexible, but they offer the lowest degree of protection, so we recommend only working with small weights that do not require a special effort to be lifted and that does not pose an increased risk for injury. The leather ones have a reduced flexibility, but offers strong support, unlike those of neoprene, which are extremely flexible. Certainly, a flexible pair of fitness gloves is more comfortable than a rigid one, but choosing one should be linked to the sport you practice, not just your own preference.
During exercise, palms sweat and overheat, so it is necessary to choose a pair of gloves from a material that allows effective ventilation. The best material, in this case, is neoprene, which absorbs humidity. If you still need to choose a pair of gloves from a more rigid material, which does not provide effective ventilation, then choose a pair of gloves with mesh inserts, which provides efficient air circulation.
Fitness gloves have padded palm area, which amortizes the pressure caused by lifting a weight. Some models may have even gel cushions. For people who have sensitive wrists, fitness gloves offer support through an adjustable band that varies in thickness. Bulky gloves are the least flexible ones but offer the highest degree of protection during difficult exercises.
For many, fitness gloves might seem like a trifle, but we can assure you that when it comes to safety and efficiency they are mandatory. Don’t ignore them and make sure you find the ones right for you. Do you use any other fitness accessories? Let us know in the comment area. Thanks.