Proper taping.

Things You Should Know that Nobody Ever Taught Me: Taping

Proper taping.
Proper taping.

I have issues.

My grip strength sucks, and I weigh more than most Crossfitters. This has become one lethal combination for my hands. While I’m seeing improvements on both fronts, my calluses still have the tendency to tear at any given moment (like this weekend, even when my hands were taped). It’s gross and uncomfortable.

But, you know, anything to help delay that.

So, I was always in awe of people who could tape their hands and make them look nice AND get the tape to stay on. I would go in and just start taping away, and at the end, my poor hands looked like they had been poorly mummified. And it’d be too tight, and the tape wouldn’t stay in place, and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Well, a few weeks ago, Kia and Rog caught on to my nasty little taping game and quickly put a stop to it. Right before the WOD started, they made these cool little things that went around my two problem fingers (the middle finger, and the ring finger), and protected the delicate padding on my hand. The best part was I could reuse them if I wanted.

While they were making them for me, and I was staring in awe, I quietly wondered why I didn’t already know how to make them…why no one ever taught me (before then) that THIS was the proper way to tape.

If you’re one of those insane geniuses that already know about this method, then GOOD FOR YOU! You should share that knowledge.

If you don’t, I’m giving you a lovely little photo tutorial of how to make them yourself.

Enjoy!

Step 1: Grab your tape

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Step 2: Unroll a generous amount of tape—a little more than two lengths of your palm.

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Step 3: Grab your scissors…

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…and cut your tape.

Cut your tape!
Cut your tape!

Step 4: Fold your tape over itself lengthwise.

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Step 5: Wrap the tape around your problem finger to see how large of a hole you should leave. Your tape should hit a bit below the wrist at this point.

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Step 6: Bring the folded ends together so they are next to each other,

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6a

cut yourself another piece of tape, this time a bit shorter,

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6b

then tape the original piece together with your new piece, leaving a hole for your finger.

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6c

It should look like this when it’s taped together:

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6d

Step 7: Stick your problem finger through the hole in your tape,

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7a

stretch it across your hand,

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7b

but be sure it’s not going to be so tight it’s restrictive.

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7c

Make sure you can move your hand around and flex:

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7d

Step 8: Tape it to your wrist.

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8a
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Congratulations! You are now super protected!

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Danielle

Exuberant photographer, artist, writer, designer, wannabe chef, and Crossfitter.

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