Owning gym gear not only motivates us to hit the gym every day but also assists us with posture, workout positions, and movement. Gym gloves hold a special place in everyone's gear as most of the workout movements involve gripping weight or handles.
Popular sports brands like Adidas, Nivea, and Nike have introduced a range of gym gloves based on various requirements of gym-goers. Let's take a look at some factors you have to consider before buying your pair, no matter what type of training you are involved in.
People who frequently go to the gym will know that frequent weight lifting can cause calluses, a layer of thickened skin caused by regular friction, on your palms. Wearing gym gloves prevents skin contact with rough surfaces on weight plates, rods, and dumbbells.
Have you seen bodybuilders dusting their palms with some kind of powder before lifting weight? Well, it's to make sure they get a proper grip while lifting heavyweight. If you find it difficult to grip weight properly, it could leave you with serious injuries unless you use gym gloves that come with special padding for extra grip.
Having a proper grip has more to it than you think. If you have sweaty hands, you will always be worried about gripping the dumbbells, rod, or plate, leading to less focus or even sprain or any other injury. So, having gym gloves will give you grip assurance with a better concentration.
There are different types of gym gloves just like there are for shoes and clothing. You may choose one depending on your convenience and style, but there some important features to consider. Take a look at our buying guide below.
When you shop for gym gloves, you will come across some that say free size. Basically, they are the ones anyone can wear regardless of the size of their hands because they are made of stretchable material. That may not be true in your case. The gloves could be too tight that it is uncomfortable to wear or too loose that you cannot grip properly.
For women, just reduce 0.5" from every measurement to get the size range.
If you are a daily gym-goer, your gym gloves go through regular wear and tear. It is wise to choose a material that is resistant to all the stress and friction it will go through. Also, make sure that the material you choose doesn't compromise on air circulation and grip.
Leather is a material popular for its high strength. Gym gloves made of leather last longer and provide you better grip too. Usually, there will be a soft layer made of a breathable material like cotton mesh that separates the leather's rough inner surface from skin contact, so you don't have to worry about them being uncomfortable.
Rubber and neoprene provide better grip while weightlifting. Neoprene becomes superior to rubber in terms of its thermal and water-resistant properties, along with its higher resistance to wear and tear. Usually, a cotton mesh is sewn to rubber to make up for its inability to absorb moisture.
Spandex is a strong, durable material that is resistant to moisture. People who sweat a lot will find this useful. Since it is elastic, spandex fits better and is comfortable to wear.
Heavy physical activity heats your body and makes you sweat a lot. It is not a comfortable feeling when you are wearing sweaty tight gloves when all you want to do is jump in the shower. Choosing one made of a breathable material will make sure that your workouts are comfortable and last longer.
Gym gloves made of microfiber mesh lets in a lot of air and also allows sweat to evaporate off quickly. The inner padding is also important while selecting a breathable pair of gym gloves. Usually, a cotton mesh is a popular option, as it is soft on the skin.
Another popular option is the microfiber cloth. This material is commonly used to make spectacle and screen wipes, as it is gentle and extremely soft. Gym gloves made of this material will be lightweight and comfortable to wear too.
Any workout that requires you to lift the weight above your head or while lying down will put a considerable amount of stress on your wrists. The tendons and ligaments on your wrist are more prone to injury if it is not supported properly. Wrist straps are available as a separate accessory, but buying one that comes with wrist straps is a clever choice.
Wrist straps also help you with maintaining the proper technique of a workout. Let's say you are supposed to hold your wrists straight while doing a workout, for example, bench press, and because of the weight in your hand, you may feel like bending your wrists to make the workout more comfortable. But the problem here is that, if you bend, you will be putting too much stress on your wrists that may cause ligament tear.
In such cases, wrist straps will support you in maintaining the proper workout technique that will give you the full benefit of that workout and also protect you from injuries.
Most people prefer to lift the weight without wearing gym gloves because it is not comfortable for them. But if you don't want calluses to form on your palms or avoid any mishap because of sweaty hands or even getting scars on your knuckles, gym gloves are the way to go.
There are different types of gym gloves for you to choose from, depending on the comfort level you want. From bare open-back gym gloves to the ones that cover only the portion of your palm under your fingers where calluses normally form.
The best option would be to choose gym gloves with padding on the palm and wrist straps, but no covering on the back of the hand. This allows maximum airflow for comfort but also supports your hands from injuries.
Now you have an idea of what to look for when you are buying gym gloves. Let us make it easier for you. Below is a list of ten recommendations for gym gloves from us based on the factors we discussed in the buying guide.
|Ventilation type||Full palm|
|Ventilation type||Fingercut and back open|
|Color||Blue and black|
|Material||Silicone and neoprene|
|Ventilation type||Fingercut, open-back|
|Material||Leather and mesh|
|Sizes available||Free size|
|Sizes available||Free size|
|Ventilation type||Palm cover only|
5 O'Clock Sports
5 O' Clock Sports
Cross Fitness Training Gym Gloves
Flex Gym Gloves
Workout Gym Gloves
Heavy Duty Gloves
Leather Gym Gloves
Leather Gym Gloves
Weight Lifting Grips
Crystal Gym Gloves
Full Finger Gym Gloves for Extra Protection
Made of Multiple Materials for Maximum Comfort and Convenience
Gel Infused Padding for Extra Cushioning Effect
Extra Ventilation With Wrist Straps
Palm Made of Durable Leather
Comfortable Rubber Padding With Silicon-Neoprene Grips
Free-Size Leather Gym Gloves
Thin Mesh Fabric Allows Maximum Air Flow
Easily Wearable and Removable
Made of Lightweight Polyester
|Price Starts at||₹700.00||₹3,675.00||₹899.00||₹649.00||₹399.00||₹999.00||₹216.00||₹214.00||₹640.00||₹203.00|
|Material||Spandex||Microfiber||Spandex||Neoprene||Leather||Silicone and neoprene||Leather||Leather and mesh||Neoprene||Polyester|
|Sizes available||S,M,L,XL||S,M||S,M,L,XL||M,L||M,L,XL||M,L||Free-size||Free size||Free size||L|
|Ventilation type||Full palm||Fingercut||Fingercut||Fingercut and back open||Fingercut||Fingercut, open-back||Fingercut||Fingercut||Palm cover only||Fingercut|
|Color||Black&grey||Black&grey, Pink&grey||Black&white||Black||Blue and black||Red&black||Black||Neon green||Black||Abstract graphics|
Workouts don't have to be in the gym alone. Here are some products that will help you stay fit, workout comfortably, and motivates you to push harder.
Have you ever thought that there would be so much to think about before buying gym gloves? Well, companies choose materials depending on several factors like grip, durability, ventilation, and breathability. Choose one that suits your workout needs and your comfort level.
Author - Arun F Xaviour
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