What are the best gloves for weightlifting? That really depends on what you're looking for in hand protection and what your workout goals are! Weightlifting Gloves aren't just another piece of apparel like gym shorts or a t shirt, they can actually help you get a better workout or hinder your efforts. Here's what to look for...
1. Gloves for Interval Training or Crossfit Gloves
If you're a fan of Crossfit style workouts that require a lot of functional training and / or body weight exercises, the best gloves for weightlifting might not be the best gloves for you! With these types of workouts you're moving quickly from one workout to another and you may want to use hand protection for one exercise and not the other. Wearing a pair of half finger or full finger workout gloves may actually inhibit the intensity of your workouts as you'll be pausing to take the gloves on and off in between exercises. Something like the Original GymPaws® Leather Lifting Grips will be ideal for you because they offer protection from callus causing friction, but don't inhibit movement. You also don't need to worry about taking them on and off constantly.
If you're workouts make you hotter than a billy goat's ass in a pepper patch, you don't want a workout glove that makes you sweat even more!
2. Bodybuilding Gloves and Full Finger / Half Finger Gloves
Old school bodybuilders were the ones who really brought workout gloves into the mainstream. Finding that old school chalk didn't provide any hand protection and weightlifting straps weren't practical for their entire workout routine, they began using heavy duty work gloves and driving gloves to protect their hands. Eventually this evolved into the half finger gloves we see in sporting goods stores. Half finger gloves can be the best gloves for weightlifting when you don't have to worry about taking them on and off continuously or aren't doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) that makes you sweat buckets. The half finger design protects your hands from calluses and friction, while keeping your fingers free... allowing for more sense of touch. The GymRat Workout gloves by GymPaws may be a good choice for you in this case. They're made of super soft leather and a ventilator fabric that allows for air circulation. They are also machine wash and dry without worry.