Wednesday, September 03, 2008

How Callus



Many of us are in the business of cultivating some serious dermal delight down here at SFCF.



This is good.

It's tough to meet a dishonest callus. They represent weeks (perhaps months) of solid, consistent effort. How can you not love your body's ability to specifically adapt to it's situational requirements? All that natural phenomena and they protect your hands to boot...what's not to like?

Unfortunately it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Once in a while a little callus maintenance is in order to avoid excessive build-up and potential dermal disaster. For the discreet among us, a file in the shower while the skin is soft does the trick. For the bull-headed among us, too much chalk and not knowing when to stop will rip that little bastard from your hands post-haste...especially fun training is to be had in the weeks following such an event (so think it through before you push through).

For the rest of us, there are the unorthodox methods of callus removal:

The classic 'Pick-at-the-dinner-table' whilst listening to your family regal you with tales of their day...

The tooth-sharpening glee of the 'Chomp-spit-n-stomp'...

The sensory oddity of the 'Nail-clipper-cut-away'...

Post best callus removal method to comments. Be proud, you earned them!

Enjoy,
-Boz



Ps Note how Damian (above) has broken the 'Fabric-Barrier' with raw human power only...I believe up until the 1950s scientists deemed this an impossible feat.

PPS Regarding Shirts:

I have limited sizes available right now. I will do the run with what I have and if people like them I will do more. If you want the Monsters design or the Space-station design (pictured a few posts back) on a garment of your choice, it's $10 cash and you have to supply the garment. Pre-washed/shrunk cotton takes the ink best.

16 comments:

Nick said...

There was the week I had three calluses tear in three separate workouts. Not fun. My favorite is the picking of the callus just after its torn. You are scared about it tearing again, so you are trying to get the sharp edges off, but at the same time you are having fun picking at and showing it to all of your loved ones as some prized possession.

Eugene said...

i've mentioned this to a few people and i swear by it... microplane! works for chocolate, hard cheese, lemon zest, and essence de eugene. just make sure you keep it away from your kitchen.

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Anonymous said...

Tweezer-Sissor combo works everytime!

beccarussell said...

um, this may be the grossest blog ever... and for once in my life, I have no comment.

However... Boz, I told Josh I would get him a shirt and mail it to him, he would like a men's medium please.

Getting my car back from storage tomorrow, so will be back to morning class on Fri or Sat... I will bring cash for the shirt for him then.

Thanks!

sean M said...

I usually pick at 'em while I am riding the N to work. I definitely get some great looks from the people sitting next to me.

Count me in for 2 shirts, one of each design. Both Large. I will bring the dough.

Here is a link to the fundraiser. We need more people!
http://athletes.kintera.org/crossfit08/sanfranciscocrossfit

FilthyBrit said...

Sean,

My brother is getting winged on the 27th in Corpus Christi. If I can't make it to Texas, though, I'm in. I'll let you know.

Michael

Anonymous said...

Some of you know this story already, forgive the repeat.

I got a manicure a couple weeks ago and the woman said; "WOW! Why do you have calluses?". To myself; [humm, how best to explain crossfit to this nice non-English speaking woman?] Me: "From working out."
Her: "Oh! You lift weights?"
Me: "uh. yea".
Her: [takes a good hard look at me, up and down, says; "You work out, why don't you have any muscles?".

-guess I'm doing it wrong Kathy

Aaron said...

I use an exacto-knife at work. It lets me get pretty precise in cutting them off/out. I get some odd looks from co-workers though.

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Dan Schmieding - CrossFit Sonoma County said...

Amazing spam. Anyways, I just have my dog lick the calluses off...

Ross Naughton said...

Haven't settled on a good method of callus management yet. However, I strongly recommend Krazy Glue for when your calluses rip! Works surprisingly well, and it's safe. Ask a doc.

Dutch said...

michael,
There are crossfits in texas. Nothing quite as colorful as San gran but they do their best. I know there is one in cc and the women there are top notch.
Let me know if you need help finding them.
Dutch

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