These gloves have very large wrist straps for greater support. Compared to other gloves, these will lack some flexibility in the wrist but will work very well if wrist pain occurs frequently during exercises. This is, in my opinion, one of the best features of these gloves as the straps help me ventilate my hand between workouts and support my wrists optimally.
Padding is provided mainly on the palms and wrists and it is extremely effective as well. These gloves do have open backs but there is little contact made on the back of the hand during most exercises. Open finger gloves can provide irritation for some people but the majority of people seem to not be bothered by it. I’ve yet to get any finger or palm injuries while using them. The padding on these gloves provides phenomenal grip strength which helps greatly for exercises like rows or dead lifts.
Durability and Flexibility
With prominent wrist support there is less flexibility than other products but does work very well for myself and others who prefer ventilation and wrist support. The thick padding on the palms doesn’t hinder grip flexibility. Another fantastic quality about these gloves is the individual finger holes which allows for varying grips, for example, taking your thumbs out during a dead lift. The Velcro on the wrists straps provide a large area so they don’t detach themselves or fall apart easily. I’ve had the gloves for almost a year now and they are completely intact. This could change of course in the coming years but, for the cost, I’ve absolutely got my moneys worth.
Ventilation is one of my favorite parts of these gloves. Since the back of the hand has no fabric, your hand can breathe exceptionally. Since the wrist straps are so large and padded, they have very little ventilation besides moving them around in between workouts which leads to sweaty wrists. You can also pull your fingers out of the gloves while the wrist strap is still on to ventilate palms. Since the fingers of the gloves are open, there is full ventilation there as well.
I absolutely recommend these gloves for multiple reasons. The cost effectiveness of these gloves is what brought me to them initially as I didn’t have much to spend. Now this could mean that I skimped in some areas like wrist flexibility or full hand coverage, but I personally prefer wrist support, padding and ventilation. I rate these gloves 4 out of 5 for great ventilation, padding and wrist support. The only reason they don’t get a 5 is because you can find higher quality gloves for more money if you have it to spend.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and thanks for reading!
In this post I will be discussing different resistance bands exercises and varying uses to add some variety to your workouts. Since researching and incorporating resistance bands into my exercise routine I have realized how many possibilities there are in this type workout. Resistance bands are great pieces of exercise equipment as there is not much-needed besides the bands for most exercises. This makes resistance bands an extremely cost effective form of exercise. Exercises that can be performed are varying based on the specific resistances of the bands.
Light bands are fantastic for warm up and joint strength exercises and can help you stretch very effectively. The mid range bands are really great for learning pull ups which are one of the most dreaded exercises for new people working out. Heavy bands are going to allow you to add a greater amount of resistance to larger muscle groups. Those heavy bands are most effective with compound exercises like dead lifts and squats. In addition, if you are a bigger person just getting into exercising, light bands are exceptional for initially training your muscles for other exercises and heavy bands are going to greatly help with pull ups. Now let’s get into some key points of why bands can be so useful.
Little to No Equipment
Resistance bands have varying weight resistances allowing you to have multiple sets of bands for different exercises. Some muscle groups can lift much more weight than others so having varying band resistances will allow you to better work more muscle groups with only one type of equipment. The only piece of equipment you may need is something to wrap the band around in order to do some leg exercises for example.
Portability is another reason to get bands over other equipment. You can have 5 to 10 bands and carry them in a backpack with your water bottle, workout clothes or other items and take them wherever you want. If you wanted to take them to the gym and include them in your free weight or machine workouts you can easily do that since they are so lightweight and small. When buying bands, they are conveniently color coordinated to show varying resistances at a glance, for example, the red bands having the least resistance and the blue having the greatest resistance (colors may vary by manufacturer).
Cost Effective Exercising
Cost can be an extremely important part of exercising for a number of reasons. If you can’t afford to do to a public gym, or you just do not want to workout in a public place then resistance bands can be your exercise saviors. There are a couple variations on exercise bands. Smaller bands are good for lower body exercises and larger bands are more for upper body exercises and both of them are fairly cheap ranging from $10 to $50 on average. I absolutely recommend even the cheaper bands for times when I can’t get to the gym and I get more than my moneys worth.
Resistance Bands VS Free weights
Resistance bands can be used in place of free weights and can give you a bit of a different workout. Many people think exercise bands are too easy but you can make band exercises harder by using 2 bands at the same time if you need more resistance for a typically heavy exercise. Resistance bands have a variable resistance meaning that the band gives more resistance the more you pull on them whereas you lift a free weight and it weighs the same the whole time giving you a constant resistance. Free weights give a vertical resistance as gravity pulls down on them where resistance bands can resist from a horizontal axis if you attach them to a fixed point allowing you to, for example, work your chest muscles from a standing position instead of laying on a bench horizontally.
This will also increase the muscles time under tension which is very important for muscle growth. With most exercises, as you get to the top of the motion, the weight is not very heavy and if you do a free weight bicep curl, you can hold the weight at the very top of the rep for quite some time compared to the middle of the rep. This is not the case with bands. As I mentioned a moment ago, bands increase resistance the farther they stretch which means you get the muscles time under tension is increased and you can build more muscle over time. I believe slow negatives are also very important for many exercises. This means slowly releasing each rep on the way down which increases your targeted muscles tension for a longer period.
Momentum reps are reps that you had to use momentum to initiate which usually means the weight is too heavy. So if you’re doing a bicep curl but have to swing your body to begin to lift the weight, you’re not getting the full muscle tension you would with a lighter weight. Bands can eliminate this entirely providing constant tension over time allowing you gain more muscle and push yourself farther than you thought resistance bands could. Resistance bands also work out smaller muscle groups which often support larger muscle groups allowing for better training on machines or free weights. So bands can also complement other workouts.
Band Exercise Examples
Band pull apart – Work mid back muscles and shoulders
Band pull through – Gluteus and lower back workout
Standing band corkscrews- Obliques
Band face pulls- Traps, rear deltoids
Overhead band extensions- Triceps
Band shoulder press- Shoulders
Band push ups- Chest
Band front squats- Gluteus and legs
Band rows- Upper back
So with resistance bands exercises you can work out almost any muscle you usually workout with free weights or machines. You can buy different bands with varying resistance thresholds, this gives you a ton of exercise variety for only a single piece of workout gear which will save you money in the long run and are very easy to transport. Bands can also compliment other machine and free weight exercises by working out smaller muscle groups that don’t get as much time under tension. I’ve included a short list of resistance bands exercises above to show examples of the different muscles you can work out. Ultimately, whether you are just warming up and stretching, or pushing your muscles to the max with many reps, resistance bands are a great alternative workout. Now get out there and try something new!
In this article I would like to take a look into the topic of shoes for athletic purposes and even some everyday use. There is nothing like a good shoe, from comfort to utility there are many benefits for having a pair of good running shoes and I am going to break down some ideas and dig right into the ‘sole’ of this topic. There are a few factors that are important to keep in mind when shopping for a great shoe and depending on your style of exercise you will want to adjust your criteria for buying a pair of shoes on a case to case basis.
Ventilation – Let Your Feet Breath
One thing that most running shoe manufacturers are incorporating into their shoes now is ventilation. It is pretty obvious that running shoes need to be ventilated as runners will usually be sweaty and hot and your feet will feel much better with a shoe that is made of a type of thick mesh material that will allow superior airflow into it. Since most shoes will have some sort of ventilation you just need to decide what amount of airflow you want which could depend on your exercise routine.
For example, if you are training for track racing or just like sprinting a lot, then you will likely want your shoes to allow maximum airflow to keep your feet more cool. Otherwise, if you just want something comfortable and you just do light jogging or even just lift weight, you only need slight ventilation and might be able to save on cost in that aspect.
Pronation and Supination
Pronation and supination is something I only recently learned about but is important to integrate into your shopping when buying a pair of good running shoes. Pronation is the inward roll of the foot as someone is walking or running and is natural for most people. Supination is the outward roll of the foot as someone is walking or running and is also natural in some people.
Overpronation and underpronation can in fact cause injury depending on the severity of either one. In the case of underpronation, or supination, a person can become more susceptible to ankle injury like Achilles tendinitis, due to the fact that most of the body weight will be placed on the outer foot rather that the big toe thus putting much more unwanted pressure on the ankle.
Simply analyze your foot motion while running and try to identify if your feet roll inward or outward and to what extent. If you do have some overpronation or underpronation you should look into shoes with more padding on the shoes bottoms among other criteria. Some shoe stores have running shoe experts who are sometimes trained in spotting over or underpronation but if you do have severe pain when running then you can also see a Podiatrist to prescribe and orthopedic sole or recommend a shoe that fits your situation.
Get Some Shoe Padding
A shoe with a well-made and thick padding will make a world of difference when running. Whether you run on a treadmill or outside in the real world will affect the amount of padding you require for your shoes. Running outdoors is much more dynamic and you can be presented with various obstacles. Maybe a dog runs in front of you and must jump or quickly run around it or there could be a large crack or hole in a sidewalk or road you are running on. The more cushion and flexibility you have in these situations can greatly help you avoid injury or save the intervening dog from injury. Running on a treadmill is much less eventful of course but you will need some padding nonetheless to keep comfortable and help you run for longer.
Drop – Shoe Incline
Drop, or shoe incline, is something you can include on your ‘buying a shoe checklist’ to assist your running stride. Drop difference will pertain to the height difference in the heel area compared to the toe area and can lead to a more fluid stride. A shoe will a high drop angle can help comfort and stride when running but in some people can feel uncomfortable and you might prefer a lower drop or none at all to get a more natural running motion. If you are not sure about what drop you would like on your shoes, I would suggest going with a slight drop or none at all, but still having a good amount of cushion, or if you have the ability to test out multiple shoes, you can make a more educated decision.
Cost vs Quality
A pair of good shoes does not have to break the bank. You can find what you need for somebody on a budget but depending on the shoe, you will have to break them in and get used to them or even force them to work for you until you save up some spending money. On the other hand, a phenomenal pair of shoes will sometimes run you upwards of $100. While these shoes cost much more, they will be more well-made that cheaper options, allowing you to keep them longer without them falling apart and most likely they will be much more comfortable to wear and workout in.
If your starting budget is limited as mine was when I started working out, then you are likely to get a cheap pair of shoes initially which will likely not last as long as other shoes based on a cost to durability ratio that is apparent after using a pair of shoes for a few months. My first pair of running shoes were fairly light, which makes them easier to run in, but were made from very cheap material. This caused them to fall apart much quicker than most shoes I have used since then. After only a few months of running, my big toe started poking through the bottom of the shoe which made then ultimately useless after that and it forced me to buy a new pair.
Fortunately, I had saved up some money so I took my time and shopped around for the best options and put in some research hours in finding the most important features to have in a pair of good running shoes which I have shared with you in the information above.
Gotta Go Faster
There you have it, those are my shoe buying parameters I have incorporated when shopping for a pair of the best running shoes possible. Padding, ventilation and cost will greatly narrow down your list of shoes to buy. If you have some extra money to spend, you can adjust drop and even examine your stride to add more complexity to your shoe and comfort level with more or less drop and also orthopedic inserts.
Please let me know what shoes you go with and how they work for you and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you out.
Weight training itself is a purposely arduous task which is meant to push muscles to the max and beyond. Whether a lifter is pushing the maximum amount of weight or lifting lighter weight with more reps, there is a very real strain on the human body. In particular, finger, hand and wrist strain can affect your weight lifting negatively. This is where weight training gloves will assist you. Your glove should meet certain standards depending on the type of lifting you want to perform.
Importance of Weight Training Gloves
Weight training gloves are especially relevant when lifting anything with your hands which is the case for a very large amount of exercise machines and more important while using free weights. Gloves help with calluses prevention, often giving a cushion between skin and hard metal. Excessive training, especially with heavy weights, and poor gripping techniques can lead calluses to tear and get infected.
Finger, hand and wrist strain and injury is a serious concern and can greatly affect multiple aspects of many exercises. When choosing a glove for your personal style, whether it be color, design, or usability based on exercise routines. Various designs will be effective for varying exercises and machines which I will get into some detail about next.
One of my favorite exercises, the Deadlift, which puts your lower back to work, is one of the most beneficial for body health. A labor worker lifting heavy boxes every day would benefit from this exercise more than an office worker who is constantly sitting but there are arguments to be made on both sides that support back health using this exercise. An office worker could develop better posture habits while sitting and a labor working can develop better lifting techniques in enclosed spaces. Of course always use proper form when performing heavy exercises to avoid injury.
Specially made gloves will have a strap that extends from the wrist strap towards your fingers and wraps around the barbell to assist the lifter in a few different ways. This greatly reduces finger strain since the grip strap help your fingers hold tight and additionally provides a thick cushion between you and the barbell allowing for additional comfort when wearing gloves. Higher quality gloves of these kind tend to have additional wrist support so if you tend to have wrist pains then these gloves should be more your style.
This is one of my favorite mental filters to add when searching for gloves to buy. The contact between your skin and the barbell or free weight can influence your rep count, max weight and hand fatigue for many exercises. For example, the bench press will push the barbell hard into your palm, bending your wrist back and causing strain over long exposure to the pressure. A thick cushion integrated into your weight training gloves can give you the ability to last longer and lift more weight as well as preventing hand calluses and blisters consistently.
With exercises like the bench press pushing down of your wrists, supporting them is certainly necessary. To this end, a wrist strap made of high quality material and large Velcro pads will remove a ton of pressure on numerous exercises. Many times while performing a tricep pull down late in my routine, notably while using heavy weights, there is an obvious strain of the wrist joint and range of motion that is calmed with a well-made glove. Hand size can affect the fit of the glove and there are different sizes depending on the glove type but as long as the glove is not too small you should still be able to use them easily. When buying gloves for the first time, having the ability to try them on before you buy them will help you decide the correct size and wrist support needed for you body.
Depending on your workout and weight lifting style you may end up sweating. Obviously different people sweat different amounts so somebody who sweats profusely like myself will require adequate ventilation within my gloves. Personally, to this extent, I buy gloves with open backs and wrist straps on them so I can easily and frequently let my hands breath. Other gloves may have full coverage over palm, fingers and back of hands and will usually require ventilation slits cut into the material. Mesh padding is also another ventilation technique gloves makers will use to allow airflow to the skin and cool your hands.
Flexibility of material and stitching is important depending on your budget. The cheaper the material the easier the gloves will fall apart after superfluous movement and the more you will have to replace them leading to high cost over time. Whereas if you were to buy more stable, slightly more expensive glove you might save money in the long run. If you only workout once or twice a week then your gloves will likely last quite longer than someone who works out over 4 days a week and will most likely buy more expensive gloves for the additional longevity.
Bad Gloves – What to Avoid
You don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money on weight training gloves. With that being said, when possible, you should not just buy the cheapest pair out there, there should be some thought and strategy into your purchase based on the exercises you plan to execute, your current budget and any unique designs you might want to show off. With that being said, most gloves these days are pretty cheap to buy for a good quality.
Small straps can be a result of using less material for a cheaper cost but may also modify the effectiveness of the strap. The wrist strap with Velcro should have a large enough area to allow some wrist motion and not unravel itself mid exercise.
In conclusion, there are many uses and types of weight training gloves to assist the user in numerous ways. Gloves should be sufficiently comfortable yet affordable while allowing for full range of motion and proper ventilation. Prevention of injuries, such as blisters and calluses, will prolong exercise activity, allow the lifting of heavier weights and reduce strain on hands, wrists and fingers.
Workout that require you to pull heavy weights like deadlifts or rows are much easier to perform with grip gloves providing an additional strap to assist with finger strain and frequently provide large wrist straps to give further comfort and secure fit. It is my experience that workout gloves add endurance and strength to the user by assisting with movements and add an enormous amount of comfort when lifting excessive weight. All there is left to do if find the right fit for you and start training. Good luck!