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pinching question

Nathan Say

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The plates I use have a kind of rough/sharp edge on them & when I do lots of pinching, they dig into that webbing at the base of my thumb. Am I allowed to use athletic tape or something on that area or would that help me grip it? I thought the only aid is supposed to be chalk, but I don't really wanto to have to wait for my hands to heal before training again.

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If they are your plates smooth out the sharp edge. If they are not your plates, tape up. You are training, don't worry about "rules".

- Mike M.

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Yeah, don't get hurt too much in training. You can use tape in training but not in competition. When I pinch for a max weight, that little skin between my thumb and my index always tear. So I pinch in blood and pain but hey, you can't pinch heavy without a little pain.

You also might try to wrap a towel over the pinching surface. I recall David Horne saying that he sometimes uses a towel over the plates. It protects your skin and ... make the plates considerably tougher to lift. He's not the best for nothing !

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