Lifting weights doesn’t have to mean rough, callused hands. Use these to protect your mitts and improve your lifts
1 Gripp Ultra Liquid Chalk
£ 10 gripp.co.uk Use this to put an extra layer between your skin and the bar. It also increases your grip, but unlike traditional chalk there’s no cloud of dust, so you won’t finish your session looking like Tony Montana.
2 RDX Weightlifting Straps
£7 rdxsports.com The main purpose of a strap is to strengthen your grip, but it has the added bonus of protecting your hands from the rough surface of the bar. Plus, gel support prevents your wrist from bruising.
3 Lonsdale Leather Weightlifting Gloves
£3 lonsdale.com With your fingers exposed in these leather gloves, you can get a proper feel for the weight, while the heel of your hand and wrist – the bits that take the biggest beating – are protected.
4 KOKOMELT POSTGYM KIT
£ 10 kokomelt.com If your hands end up in tatters despite your best efforts, restore them to their former supple selves with this recovery kit, which uses natural oils to lock in moisture and soften hardened skin.