Lately, I’ve been enjoying adding new facets into my workout routine.
For one, I’ve decided to sign up to take hip hop dance classes! It’s been awesome because I actually used to dance a lot in college (Gotta love Theatre Performance class requirements…) and found it always to be such a great stress reliever. It’s just been a great chance of pace for me to just go learn some choreography and sweat it out.
That being said, I haven’t given up on lifting! It’s just been really frustrating lately because the gym I work out in (my apartment complex) had taken away my beloved squat rack and olympic bar for about a month…. I DON’T KNOW HOW I SURVIVED. I got it back…well sort of. It’s a long story. I won’t get into it, haha!
However, you know- it actually was nice to think in terms of creating a workout routine using different equipment than just the bar and squat rack. This situation definitely helped me get more creative in the gym! Not to mention I have been dealing with some lower back pain and tight hips, so it was just at the right time to help me recover a bit from powerlifting style workouts.
So I ended up creating a routine for myself involving lots of dumbbell lifting, which I hadn’t really done in awhile. Since I obviously love to lift heavy, though- I noticed that sometimes my grip would suffer when using the heavier dumbbells. (Grip has never been my strong suit to say the least…)
That’s why I was glad when NewGrip contacted me about doing a review on their Power Pad lifting gloves! It really did come at a great time for me.
When I first opened the package, they were slightly confusing, because I had never seen gloves styled this way before. The way these work, is that they are basically just a pad with a strap attached, that you can loop your fingers through in various ways according to your needs.
They really do help give you that extra grip power without feeling cumbersome. I used them with heavy dumbbell lunges along with other dumbbell exercises, and it really gave me that extra hold so I didn’t feel like I was going to drop them. I know I never would *really* drop them- but I honestly can feel my poor fingers tiring out sometimes, haha! It’s frustrating for me because I know I can lift heavier- but my hands just are very small and my grip is terrible. So at times I know I could do more but it seems as if my hands are in the way!
I’d highly recommend these if you don’t really like the feel of wearing lifting loves all the time (I don’t!) but want a little summin’ summin’ to keep your hands glued to the bar/dumbbell. While I haven’t tried them with heavy deadlifts yet (letting my back heal a little bit first) I am really excited to, because that’s one exercise where I feel like I could really use the extra help.
If you want more information on the Power Pads- please visit http://www.Weightliftinggloves.com . There you can find more info as well as how to purchase.
I was lucky enough to be sent a FREE pair to give away to one of my lovely followers!
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