Whether or not you’re a professional boxer or simply just an average person in the streets, tough hands are important to do a multitude of tasks. While today’s technology may have made life easier, there are still tasks that are ever-so-daunting.
Professional boxers and gym-goers also need tough hands in order to pursue higher intensity training. Some may question the credibility of this article, but some of the methods that I will show you have actually been used throughout history by even the most legendary of fighters. Now, read away to find out more!
Why Toughen Hands?
If you’re a gym-goer, you might notice that your hands tend to hurt whenever you engage yourself in exercises like bench presses and squats. This is so as there are no calluses yet in your hands.
What are calluses? Well, they act as pillows on your skin to provide cushioning between external forces and your bones and muscles.If you have no calluses, it would surely hurt to lift with your hands.
Why? Well, the bone is just experiencing strenuous amounts of pressure that it can’t deal with the matter at hand anymore. It is also a great idea to have calluses in your hands in order to prevent yourself from having cuts and rips every time you lift and engage in strenuous activity.
Calluses are really beneficial to have but caring for them is also really important. You might think that they shouldn’t be cared for as they take all the hard work anyway, however they are easily prone to ripping and tearing.
As such, it is generally advised to maintain the size of your calluses. Some calluses achieve a size so big that they are just easily ripped off from the skin. As such, it is a good idea to remove the upper portion of your calluses every once in a while.
There are a variety of ways to do this, but doing it with a pumice stone might work best. Now that we’ve talked about toughening hands and calluses, let us now move on how to toughen hands!
How to Toughen Hands Using A Rice Bucket
This is one of the most ancient ways of toughening hands with its origins hailing from ancient martial artists. Today, it is still one of the most effective ways of toughening hands.
- 1 bucket large enough to fit your hands and about 15 kilos of rice
- Rice (Needs to fill at least half of the bucket)
Step by Step Guide
The first step is to find any large bucket that can fit about fifteen kilos of rice. This is an ample amount so you can proceed with the training smoothly.
After, fill it with rice to the extent that it fills at least half of the bucket. The fuller the better, but don’t put too much to the point that it is overflowing. Note that you will still put your hands there.
Keep your fingers straight. Also keep them together.
Begin digging your hands into the rice. If you’re not experienced, begin slowly.
When you bring out your hands, always pick up rice as much as your hands are able to hold.
Squeeze the rice in your hands.
Release and do the same procedure over and over again.
How to Toughen Hands By Punching Walls
This is one of the toughest exercises and practices of shaolin monks as they hit walls for two hours straight without any break. This practice may seem stupid but is actually scientifically backed as tiny pieces of the bone gets stronger as the exercise progresses.
- Solid and straight wall that is at least the same height as you
- A bunch of newspapers
Step by Step Guide
First begin by finding a straight and solid wall that is at least the same height as you.
Afterwards, stack a bunch of newspapers and affix it to the wall. Make sure that it’s about an inch or two thick when the stack is pressed down.
Punch the wall gently first and with one hand from about nine inches away. If you are comfortable with your position, punch continuously. If not, adjust your distance.
Then, increase your power and effort everytime you notice yourself improving. However, don’t put more than a half of your overall power.
Do the same steps for your other hand then repeat. Just change the newspapers whenever they start to break.
How to Toughen Hands By Using Thin Gloves on Heavy Bags
This is one of the most famous practices used by training instructors. They know that large gloves will build arms but won’t build your hand strength. As such, this exercise was formulated.
- Gardening gloves
- Heavy Bag
Step by Step Guide
Start out first by getting two gardening gloves. These are the ones that you’ll be using for this method.
Afterwards, cut off the tips of the fingers of the gardening gloves using the scissors.
Wear the gloves and make sure that they are properly worn.
Afterwards, close your hands into a fist and make sure your hands are wrapped correctly.
Start punching the heavy bag. Start out by belting out straight punches only. Also take note that you should never exert maximum power in order to protect your hands and your wrists.
This exercise is also applicable to hooks and uppercuts. Simply use a double-end bag if you want to do this. The procedure remains the same.
How to Toughen Hands Using a Sledgehammer and a Tire
Step by Step Guide
First position the tire on the ground. Make sure the tire is “resting” on the ground in a horizontal position with the opening facing upwards.
Afterwards, position yourself as if you’re gonna hit the tire diagonally.
Start hitting the tire diagonally. Perform as much repetition as you possibly can in 40 seconds.
Rest for 25 Seconds.
Afterwards, do the same procedure from the opposite side.
Afterwards, start hitting the tire in an overhead manner. The procedures still remain the same.
Rest up to 120 seconds and repeat. Do this for a total of 4 - 5 sets.
There you have it folks! Toughening hands may surely seem grueling and intimidating at first, but all of this effort will surely pay off in the future. You should also remember that once you get calluses, it’s important to keep them and care for them.
Also remember to not push yourself too much. If you’re a beginner who’s struggling, it’s fine if you don’t start with the most intense of exercises. Success takes progress.
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