Question about physical conditioning?

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  1. batmom

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    My son just returned from a workout with his track coach, who is also a physical fitness trainer. They went to a park and my son was doing pullups from the pullup bar at the park and returned home with HUGE blisters across both hands. I had to cut the skin off and put on anitbiotic ointment. Are the cadets allowed to wear those 1/2 gloves like gymnasts wear for high bar and parallel bar routines while they are doing pullups at the academy? My son is
    6'3" and weighs 205, so he has more to pullup than the average cadet. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, batmom:smile:
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I would suggest he practice with shorter sets, so he doesn't overdo it. His hands will get used to them, if he doesn't destroy the skin on his hands every time...
     
  3. BlahuKahuna

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    +1 about shorter sets. Why did you cut off the blisters?
     
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    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Derrick USAFA Class of 2015

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    ^Good video and advice so far. Try gripping more on the fingers than in the palm and try doing less and working his way up.

    When he starts getting calluses, either get a callus remover, or just use a knife/razor to carefully cut them down. Make sure not to cut too deep, just enough to keep them from getting too thick. Chalk up when possible, but make sure that he washes it off ASAP after he works out. Start using lotion too. My .02.

    When he's here working out on his own, he can use gloves if he wants to.
     
  6. batmom

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    Regarding cutting the blisters

    The blisters were completely opened with the skin dangling on the side, so there was no option other than to remove the hanging skin. Is it allowed to ever use gloves at the academy or not? Also, now that he has open wounds with four large open blisters on each hand, do you recommend that he uses gloves now until departure day on 6/27/2012?Thanks for the help.
    batmom
     
  7. sportsmom10

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    Batmom, I think I would tell my DS to wait about a week before continueing with the pull ups, let him work on the rest of the physical training while his hands heal!! Can you believe how fast I Day is coming?
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I don't want to make a categorical statement, because I cannot remember for sure, but I never saw anyone use them for any PT event.
     
  9. BlahuKahuna

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    Ah, okay. Didn't realize the blisters had already ripped open. I row, which is probably one of the more "blister-friendly" sports out there. I wouldn't take too long of a rest, as putting relatively consistent stress on the hands will help. Unless you hear otherwise, I would plan on enduring the summer without gloves, so I would primarily work on grip and making sure blisters don't pop when formed.
     

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