The gel padding in many of our work out gloves absorbs shock and reduces vibration. This can be useful on cardio machines that would otherwise make the palms of your hands feel a little numb after gripping the handles for a while. When riding a bike, a portion of your weight is on your handlebars, and good gloves will make your ride a lot easier on your hands, and you won’t be distracted from your workout. While professional cycling gloves are often used outdoors due to wind resistance, general workout gloves for men like these are perfect for indoor cycling, and you might even find them useful for other activities as well.
Bench pressing is another common application of our workout gloves for men. The bar can create callouses on your palms, not to mention be pretty uncomfortable when you’re lifting a lot. A 1 inch thick bar just isn’t the most ergonomic thing a human can be pressing. Workout gloves are a perfect solution to this problem. The extra padding distributes the load over a larger portion of your hand and cushions the force. This way your hand bones don’t feel the force so much, and you can concentrate on pushing the bar as hard as you can.
Some men prefer lifting straps over workout gloves when doing deadlifts. Straps don’t have much, if any, padding. Straps function by way of adding friction. They are made of durable nylon that won’t tear even under the heaviest loads. When wrapped around a bar and your wrist, the friction of the straps against the bar helps hold them and your hands in place. Padded gloves actually make deadlifting harder, because the padding creates an unstable grip.
Another alternative is the lifting hooks, or the very similar power grips. These are for pulling movements only, such as pull ups, lat pulldowns, or deadlifts. These wrap over the wrists like lifting straps do, but they have hooks that are placed over the bar, next to your fingers, so that you can control how much of the load is transferred to your wrists and how much you will carry with the grip strength of your hands. This makes it possible to pull heavier weight than you can actually hold onto.
Fitness coach and bestselling author Al Kavadlo has a short but sweet blog post on why he does not wear gloves.