The Nike Alpha Training Grip isn't a replacement for a gym glove, and it may not be the best option for your workout either. An article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) was cited explaining why natural hand rotation is key to performing exercises correctly. Whether it's a Crossfit workout where you may be performing bodyweight movements or weightlifting and resistance training with weights, it's important to maintain proper form to avoid injury.
Nike Alpha Training Grip and Rubbery Grips
Imagine a gymnast jumping up to grab the rings or parallel bars. You'll often see them dusting their hands with chalk (which is typically magnesium carbonate) and very frequently using some sort of wrist taping for support. One thing you WILL NEVER see them using is a rubbery grip pad or glove that sticks to the equipment. So why is that? Using soft gripads or harder rubber gloves like the Nike Alpha Grip can inhibit the natural rotation of the hand, wrist and forearm. It would be as if you were literarily gluing the palm of your hands to the dumbbell or chest press bar.
It's one of the most common misconceptions about weightlifting. During your workout in the gym if you're feeling like your grip is going to give way and you're about to drop the weight or lose grip of the pull ups bar, it's likely due to poor grip strength not the tactility of the surface of your hand.
This is one of the main reasons we use only 100% genuine cowhide leather for our GymPaws® Original Weightlifting Grips and gloves. Leather is the most durable material when it comes to workout and exercise gear. It doesn't grip or stick to the bar or weights like rubber pads or gloves can, and the more you use it, the more it naturally conforms to the palm of your hands. Of course you can still get a pair of Nike Alpha Grip and check them out for yourself. Consult a fitness professional or your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.
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