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If you have been lifting weights for a while then you know that you really need to have weight lifting gloves, preferable leather ones to make it easier on yourself when lifting. Leather gloves normally fit better, feel better and wear out slower. These gloves are no exception.
I was lifting weights for a while without gloves and I did not really feel the pain in my hands, I liked feeling the barbell in my hands as I had some pl-eather gloves previously and all they did was to give me the feeling that the gloves were slipping and so was the bar bell, from my hands. So I did not use any gloves for a while, but I realised that the grip grating on the barbell was slowly shredding my hands, especially when I was lifting the heavier weights.
Golds gym is a well known weight lifting brand, they have been around since the 70`s and were made famous by Arnold Schwazenegger wearing their muscle vests. Everyone knows the brands whether they lift or now.
These gloves are fairly cheap, but you mostly pay for the brand at £10 a pair, you can get a non distinct pair for half the price.
The leather and cotton mesh, which provides some ventilation, are all black and Golds Gym is ebroided onto the leather in disctinctive Gold cotton. The gloves have a short wrist look and a velcro strap and fits most hands as the cotton mesh allow the glove to stretch allot.
The gloves provide you with less friction as they are another layer of 'skin' between you and the barbell, this means you do not have to worry about pain in your hand effecting your lift. They also have the dual benefit of absorbing sweat and I did notice when I did not have gloves I did notice that the sweat build up on the palms of the hand was an issue.
The finger holes are pretty comfortable, my fingers fit well into the glove, the cross hand circumfrance is fine and does not feel too tight. But the leather does bite into the little bits of skin in between my finger as the reps get into the higher numbers. This is not painful it is only a slight nuisence for me and all I do to eliviate it is simply remove the gloves every 10 minutes or so for a few mintues just to give my fingers some respite. The rest of the glove has fingerless tips so you can pick up and take off weights from the barbell or pull and place weight machine pins easily.
A couple of years ago I was training for an endurance event and was doing plenty of light and heavy weights. I sometimes used the gloves I've had for donkey's years at home, other times I used gloves at the work gym where I trained, albeit not on a very regular basis. After a while my hands would get sore, the skin rubbing, and although this happened more when I was using my gloves from home, it still happened with both pairs.
Fast forward to now, and I've been training again, only this time with these gloves when doing weights. It's more for the use of free weights, as there will be more horizontal resistance and friction from these as you move your arms in more fluid and different directions. Bench pressing, for example, has a vertical motion and the pressure is direct and less friction is caused.
What the gloves do is provide an essential barriers between your skin and the handles of whatever weight equipment you'll be using. Within them, there is a cotton mesh that acts firstly as a friction buffer,. but also as a way of absorbing any sweat. I tend to sweat quite a lot and quite quickly when exercising, and having these gloves just means I can concentrate on getting the maximum impact from the weights without having to constantly worry that you'll lose your grip on the weights. This niggling feeling has often demotivated me, and the confidence of knowing you won't let go makes such a difference.
The lack of rubbing also means my palms and fingers don't get sore from doing weights. This is key, as if they are tender then continuing to do weights will worsen the situation and you'll feel even worse - an ever decreasing spiral. The gloves absorb this friction and all that happens is my palms get a bit hot. I suppose it's not ideal with the amount of sweat that my hands also get damp, and this is a slight issue inside. It doesn't stay dry, and so after a while I tend to stop to ensure that I don't risk getting sore palms. The gloves do give me a much longer time before this happens though.
They fit very well. The fabric at the end of the finger slots is softened to ensure that the curling of your fingers doesn't dig into them. I've worn gloves before where this has been an issue, but these ones don't have that problem. The strap around the wrist has a similar element - it shows that the designers haven't just concentrated on the focal point of the palm construction, inside and out; they've also thought about the extremities and how the niceties of the product work. All too often with gym equipment there are issues with the smaller elements, but these are often the parts that make the difference once the main focus of the product has been sorted.
Gold's Gym is a reputable company, and has been for a number of years. They continue to make reliable products, and I've used a few of them. These gloves are very useful, and at under £10 a pair they represent good value as well. I haven't bought a pair as I can use the ones at the gym, but if I was going to go for a cheap and reliable pair of weight gloves, these would certainly be in the running. Recommended.
Gold's gym is a well known franchise that began on muscle beach in California and expanded. Many famous hard core bodybuilders were members, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lee Hanley. But you don't have to be in order to benefit from buying and using their equipment, in this case their mesh weight lifting gloves.
Weight lifting gloves are something that you often see young men using with sports club equipment. By that, I mean machines. These are all well and good, but provide only unilateral resistance. Furthermore, the handle design and weight limits mean that there is very little benefit at all, in my opinion, to use gloves at all.
So when would you need to use weight lifting gloves? The answer is a simple one. Heavy weights, particularly with the use of free weights. Free weights are dumbbells or barbells, both of whom tend to be of a steel construction with mesh cut into the metal for a better grip. This is where the use of gloves becomes apparent. Not only can hands become sweaty, affecting your grip, if you are using heavy weights the bar can move in your palm. Callouses are one thing. You do expect them. But torn callouses are quite another, and one that will take you away from training for at least a week.
These gloves provide a much needed barrier between the bar and your skin. The cotton mesh helps the skin still breathe, something that can be forgotten or deliberately omitted in cheaper examples. It has a double stitched leather palm that helps grip and an elasticated wrist so it doesn't feel loose. This is all good stuff, but because there are no proper reinforced wrist straps on these, it is limited. If you are serious about lifting, you will need something that provides that additional support. For the rest of us, these gloves from Gold's give us all we will ever need.
I have used these to bench about two hundred and twenty kilos on a smith rack. Nothing that will give any lifters cause for concern, but as heavy as I will go these days. Using a smith rack involves curling the bar hooks off the pegs. These gloves remained in place while doing this. The bar is chunky and has been the cause of a small tear in my palm before. But I've never had this happen once I started using these gloves.
In summary, these gloves are a good buy. The price tends to vary on the size that you need. Mine cost £8. This is a tiny investment that can help maximise your time in the gym and avoid injury. But if you only use exercise machines, you don't need them.