So, I started crossfit about a month ago and am pretty serious about it.
However, I keep getting blisters all over my hands and they are starting to prevent me from lifting because they keep opening up, are ugly (my wife is really complaining), and cause a lot of pain.
I have read that I want the calluses to build up and then want to shave them down so that it makes my hands stronger, but what do I do when I get a blood blister under one of my calluses like shown in the picture?
This is extremely frustrating to me, as I really want to continue doing crossfit seriously and do not want my hand injuries to prevent me from lifting on a normal basis. I feel like every time a blister is about to heal, I re-open it by doing a crazy WOD like Fran that requires a lot of barbell handling and kipping pullups.
My questions are:
1.) What should I do for the callus with the blister under it? I hear from some people to let it dry up under the callus and from others to poke a steryl needle in it, drain the blood, and then to let it dry.
2.) How can I prevent future blisters? What am I doing wrong?
3.) My coach tells me I shouldn't wear gloves because it makes it less efficient for most lifts because you lose your feel for the bar. Is this correct? If not, should I get gloves? What kind are the best that won't affect my lifting efficiency?
Thank you guys so much! I am really stressing, as I love crossfit!!