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If you’re serious about strength training, you may have wondered if a pair of weight gloves might help you lift heavier without worrying about sweaty palms, calluses, and rips.
Many weightlifters (and glove companies, of course) claim that wearing weight gloves or workout gloves can improve grip. But that may not necessarily be true for everyone.
“The reality is that gloves can have the exact opposite effect on your grip, because they prevent you from feeling the bar and grasping it with force and intent,” says Trevor Thieme, C.S.C.S. and Openfit’s fitness and nutrition content manager. “Without that tactile contact, you’re denying yourself a key bit of physical feedback that can help you improve exercise performance and grip strength.”
But gloves can be helpful for protecting your hands if you already have an open blister or a torn callus. If you feel more comfortable with gloves on, Thieme recommends looking for a pair that fits snugly and isn’t too thick. Here are six great options to try.
Fit Active Sports Ventilated Weight Lifting Gloves with Wrist Wraps (Amazon)
These gloves are made with silicon-printed neoprene — a grippy, moisture-resistant combo that can protect your palms when using barbells, kettlebells, or pull-up bars. The velcro-tightened wrist straps help ensure a snug fit, and the open-hand design offers ventilation for sweaty hands, so you don’t end up with stinky gloves.
Trideer Padded Weight Lifting Gloves (Amazon)
Double-channel sewing makes this glove feel extra-durable. The shock-absorbing silica gel palm offers cushioning for sore hands, and the 18-inch adjustable wrist strap helps you get a perfect fit.
Contraband Pink Label Micro Weight Lifting Gloves (Amazon)
If you’re not really a fan of weight gloves, but you have some nasty calluses that need protection, these minimalist gloves offer a bit of silicone-beaded padding where you need it — and nothing else, so you can still get as much contact with your weights as possible.
Under Armour Men’s Flux Half-Finger Training Gloves (Amazon)
Sweaty lifters will love this weight glove — they’re made from UA’s moisture-wicking HeatGear fabric, with a perforated palm for ventilation and a swatch of terry cloth on the thumb for wiping away beads of sweat.
Harbinger Women’s Flexfit Wash and Dry Weightlifting Gloves (Amazon)
Gel padding and a half-finger design protect the stress points on your hands and fingers, while still allowing you to feel the weights. These comfy gloves are also machine washable and dryable for easy care.
RDX Weight Lifting Gloves (Amazon)
With a bright design, rubberized grip, and stretchy Lycra finger webbing for easier movement, these lightweight gloves can make your kettlebell workout slightly more enjoyable.
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