Fitness gloves or weightlifting gloves are often referred to as Gym Gloves which are small sized gloves with open fingers, which makes them ideal for weightlifting and fitness training. These gloves are designed to prevent calluses and blisters from repeated gripping and grabbing various exercise equipment. Some are also designed to provide protection to athlete’s wrists from strain and offer cushioning for the palms. Gym gloves are generally categorized by their durability, support, and flexibility.
History of Gym Gloves
The history of gym gloves or weightlifting gloves go a long way back but became more popular with the inclusion of the sport since the Olympic Games in Athens (1896). Today, almost all the professional and amateur athletes use gym gloves for best performance and safety.
Although it was William Steward Halsted (chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital), in 1889, who first invented rubber gloves for preventative measures, the history of fitness gloves date back to the early Greeks and Romans. These type of gloves are usually fingerless gloves, used primarily to carry weighted objects, and were made using fine leather, velvet, or silk. With time, fitness gloves have evolved and now a special kind of padding is also incorporated to protect hands from various injuries.
Usually, leather and nylon material is used in the manufacturing, the glove design differs according to their use. Some gloves include neoprene lining to keep hands cool. Some gloves cover the palms while others keep them open. Some gloves are designed to leave fingers open. Some gloves are built with removable weights while others have weights sewn into them. All the gloves use a Velcro hook and loop closure. The best kind of weightlifting gloves are hand-crafted to offer a perfect fit. Those gloves are the most comfortable and if the right material is used, they are sturdy.
- Full fingered gloves
As the name suggests, these gloves cover full fingers as compared with short-finger or fingerless designs. If used, these type of gloves can prolong your workout session. They are mostly used for cycling, but as more and more people are going towards fitness gyms, they are the most commonly used gym gloves.
- Fingerless gloves
These gloves are also referred as short finger gloves, are used for better grip by exposing fingers. It gives you the dexterity needed when grabbing hold of bars. Very useful in hot and humid conditions to avoid sweating in hands. They are the second most used gym gloves. They also make the bare metal of the weight bars easier on the skin.
Our selection of Gym Gloves
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Grip Power Pads Best Lifting Grips NEO | The Alternative To Gym Gloves | Workout Gloves No-Slip Padded Gloves…
The World’s Newest PATENTED Anti-Slip Hand Grip Technology, Superior To Typical Gym Gloves. MAXIMIZE YOUR WORKOUT POTENTIAL.
The Grip Power Pads NEO model is made of a Neoprene material.
* Secure your weights with specially designed textile material * Full Coverage palm protection
not rated £11.99 – £12.99
RDX Boxing Hand Wraps Inner Gloves for Punching, Elasticated Padded Bandages under Mitts, Quick Long Wrist Support, Fist…
Woven CF F fabric with thumb hole and extra cards stitching at each finger holes
Shell Shock Gel Bag combined with aero foam padding at the cuff area
75 cm long wrist fastening strap for extra firmness and support
not rated £18.85
RDX Men’s Gym Weight Lifting Gloves Cross Training Bodybuilding Fitness Workout
Durable weightlifting gloves are made from machine washable Amara
Velcro wrist-strap for easy on/off application
Heavy duty stretch panels and breathable fabric on the back for dryness and comfort
not rated £15.99 – £18.99
RDX Weight Lifting Gloves for Gym Workout – Cowhide Leather, Long Wrist Support with Anti Slip Palm Protection – Great…
Resilient and highly durable authentic NAPPA cowhide leather made weightlifting gloves
Exclusive gripping material on palm coupled with gel padding provides shock-absorbent hold on weights when lifting.
Shell-Shock gel lined padding with exclusive grip provides hold and cushioning for heavy lifting
not rated £18.99
RDX Weight Lifting Gloves Leather for Gym Workout – Breathable with Anti Slip Palm Protection – Great for Fitness…
Amara with cowhide leather piping makes these weightlifting gloves highly durable and long-lasting
Anatomically curved finger design with gel padded fingers and padded palm for cushioning against rod or bar
Easy on/off Velcro strap keeps the gloves firmly in place
not rated £6.99 – £10.99
RDX Weight Lifting Wrist Support Wraps with Thumb Loop Approved by IPL and USPA Elasticated Straps for Strength Training…
Constructed from a heavy blend cotton-eglantine for maximum support and longevity
Extra wide hook and loop closure with extra length Velcro to ensure they never shift
Thumb loop for easy/quick wrap
RDX Women Weight Lifting Gloves for Gym Workout – Breathable Ladies Gloves with Anti Slip Palm Protection – Great for…
Special finger loops offer maximum comfort and finger flexibility
Non-slip palm Gel pad provides optimum grip and palm cushioning
Velcro wrist closure keeps wrists stronger and secure fit