The Best Calisthenics Gloves
Before we talk about the best calisthenics gloves, we must ask one very important question:
Should You Even Use Gloves To Practise Calisthenics?
There has always been and always will be a debate on whether you should use gloves for calisthenics or not.
Personnaly, what I recommend to beginners is to NOT use gloves while starting out with calisthenics.
As any other part of the body, it’s critical to also develop strong hands and thick skin, especially with calisthenics. By using gloves, we’re keeping them safe all the time, so your skin will never adapt and thicken, always staying soft and weak.
So make sure you don’t neglect your hand training. As long as you’re not wearing gloves, your hands and forearms will naturally grow stronger, so you won’t need any specialized training just for your hands.
But if you’re having trouble lasting an entire workout session because of hand pain, here’s a few things you can do:
- Hang from a bar regurarly. Get a home pull-up bar and hang as long as you can. Having a home pull-up in your room’s door frame will help you keep doing it regurarly. Consistency is key in any type of training.
- Start implementing forearms workouts in your routine.
- If you go the gym, implement deadlifts in your training
Start simple and when your hands start getting stronger, you can start progressing into muscle ups, which generates a lot of load on that same skin.
But you’ll have to get used to it: Your hands will hurt a lot when you start increasing your pull up and chin up repetitions but that’s extremely normal with calisthenics. Even experienced athletes experience this with longer workouts sessions.
But there a few cases where I recommend the use of calisthenics gloves.
But first, let’s talk about some alternatives.
If you still want to strenghten your hands but you’re struggling to grip the gar because your hands are getting too sweaty, consider using some chalk during your workouts. Spreading a layer of chalk over your palms will allow the sweat to be absorbed, giving you dry hands to grip the bar safely.
Another benefit of using chalk during your lifts and workouts is that chalk forms a protective layer over your hands. This protective layer prevents you from getting blisters and tears in your hands, which often form after fast and repetitive workout motions.
You should reapply a fresh layer after each set, keeping your hands dry and injury free.
Here are are some great options from amazon:
Another great way to keep your wrists safe and able to perform higher difficulty moves like handstands and planches is using wrist wraps.
Like the gloves they’ll allow you to fatigue the target muscle without worrying about your grip failing first, but with wrist wrap you’ll also strenghten your skin.
Gloves for calisthenics can sometimes be your only option. If the surface where you’re hanging from is too harsh (like a rusty bar or cement walls), it’s a must that you use gloves.
For example, here’s an “exercise” where wearing gloves is a must:
Here are the calisthenics gloves I’ve used and recommend:
To sum it up:
- If you’re feeling that you grip is failing and your hands are sliding off the bar or the rings: get some chalk.
- If you’re feeling wrist pain or you want more control over your handstands: Try this.
- If you want to improve your grip instantly, stop getting ugly calluses and grip thougher surfaces: Get one of these.