We are all about women lifting heavy weights. In fact, we wrote a whole post about how awesome and empowering it is—and how it’s one of the best ways to change your body for the healthier (and stronger—growl!). But while lifting heavy weights can make you feel like a fit and confident She-Ra, it can sometimes kind of hurt your hands. Okay, maybe even really hurt your hands. Or, at the least, give you some burning and calluses. Which, you know, does kind of stink. You don’t want to not be able to lift a weight just because your hands hurt, ya know? Which is where today’s Fit Four gloves review comes in.
Some weight-lifting gloves are a bit cumbersome—bulky, bunchy and don’t allow for your best natural grip. But these are designed to be pretty much the opposite of that. They’re fingerless so that you can still feel the bar, but they still protect that top part of the hand that’s prone to tears. Kind of like an extra layer of skin, these are just slightly padded with vents for breathability.
But how do they perform? While I’ll probably never do pull-ups with any type of glove, I do like these for heavy kettlebells, dumbbells and barbell work like deadlifts, squats and other Olympic lifts. The gloves come in four different sizes, and mine fit perfectly and stayed in place while lifting. My hands didn’t get overly hot in them, and the padding was just enough but not too much. And my fingers felt free. Free! (Clearly, I’m still a sucker for any -less product.) Plus, you feel kind of cool with them on…kind of like a fit biker. In a good way.
While I won’t use them for every weight-lifting session I do, I’ll definitely bust them out for the super hard ones. So, if you’ve been wanting a little more protection for your hands but don’t dig the whole weight-lifting glove thing, this might be a good minimalist approach to look into to. At $25.95, it’s a good investment.
Want to try a pair of Fit Four yourself? We’ve got two pairs to give away! Leave a comment with your favorite weight-lifting move, and we’ll select two random U.S. readers to win in about a week! —Jenn