using tennis racket grip tape on dumbbell handles [Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:59:32 +0000]
This is a quick post just on something I find really useful.
I workout at home with dumbbells. Being a guitarist, I have to focus on finding exercises that I feel won't overly stress my wrists, for example.
That's to say while I do it for overall health and strength, I have to defer to the physical demands of the guitar. It's one reason I stopped playing tennis - it just taxed my forearms too much and I had trouble practicing guitar when my arms were so worn out.
But there's one thing from tennis that I use to this day: grip tape.
I really don't like wearing gloves while lifting weights. But without them, the handles are really uncomfortable and produce calluses.
A good solution for me, that I used to use and have now gone back to, is to just use grip tape on the handles. The "tackiness" of the grip tape also helps me get a good grip on the weights. Plus, I can always buy a different color of tape when they need replacing and that can help keep things a little fun.
For now, I've got blue tape (pic below).
IMAGE: "tennis grip tape on dumbbells"[http://blog.humaneguitarist.org/uploads/tennis_grip_tape_on_dumbbells.jpg]
Anyway, it's a lovely Saturday and I should be outside for a while ...