Next to my sink sits this little Tweezerman tool. I use it about once per week. It has a rasp on one end and a razor blade on the other. Its purpose is simple, to keep the calluses on my hands from building up.
Overtime, after numerous pullups, barbell work, and kettlebell swings, you find your hands take quite a beating and develop calluses.
Wikipedia: A callus (or callosity) is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation.
I’ve discovered that most lessons I’ve learned in CrossFit apply to other areas of life as well. For instance, ministry has a way of building up calluses in your life. Overtime, caring for people can develop a hardness of heart. Criticism can wear on you. It doesn’t take too many negative experiences for a person to begin developing a callus toward others or even toward God.
What is really interesting is that in the beginning the callus seems to be a good thing. The pullup bar doesn’t hurt your hand as much with a callus than it does with fresh skin. Swinging a kettlebell doesn’t seem to irritate your hands as much when the callus starts forming.
And then it happens…RIP!!!
In the middle of a workout you feel a tearing sensation and the callus rips off exposing the bright red flesh of your hand. AND IT HURTS!!! What happened??? The callus that gradually built up over time due to repeated irritation begins to dig into the bar and when you least expect it…rip! In my 18 months of crossfit I have dealt with this several times before I purchased a callus shaver. I’ve come to learn that taking care of your hands and keeping the calluses shaved down is one of the best things I can do to protect myself.
What about you?
Got any calluses? Have you built up some thick skin towards somebody who has repeatedly irritated you? How’s your heart? Have you allowed any calluses to build up in your life? Maybe it’s time to shave them down before they rip and cause some serious pain.