FITNESS BLOG: Weightlifting gloves – Which ones are the best?

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Lifting weights at the a gym can help our health and can make us feel good and accomplished. In the case of weightlifting it’s good to pack on the pounds – on the bar that is. Pound by pound we get stronger. Somehow you have to hold onto all this weight. Some people wear weightlifting gloves. Others don’t and hold on with their bare hands.

So how do you decide which weightlifting gloves – if any – are for you? It’s personal choice, of course. I’ve lifted with a variety of weightlifting gloves and just my bare hands over the years. This article gives some pros and cons that I have come across. I hope you’ll find this information helpful.

The options …

Full-Finger Gloves

full-finger weightlifting gloves
Click on the picture to buy a pair on Amazon.

I hadn’t  lifted with full-finger gloves in a few years but picked these up during the summer of 2014. The price on Amazon was reasonable at $23 and I’ve been using them for a few workouts before publishing this.

Pros

  • Padded.
  • Make my hands feel stronger – very stable.
  • Makes holding heavy dumbbells for leg exercises easy to grip.
  • No blisters on the hands at all.
  • Look nice, too.


Cons

  • Harder to use iPhone during workouts. I use apps to track my workouts. It does work, but it’s not as easy as using my bare finger tips.
  • A little harder to transport when I run to the gym to lift.

Overall, I really haven’t found many negatives for these. We’ll see how  long they last when worn for daily workouts.

Finger-Less Weightlifting Gloves

finger-less weightlifting gloves
Click on the picture to buy a pair on Amazon.

I bought these finger-less weightlifting gloves a few years ago at Wal-Mart for around $9. That’s also what they cost at Amazon during the summer of 2014. These worked just fine for me for years, but do allow weight bars to leave some blisters.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced.
  • Durable. I have worn these for many workouts.
  • Easy to transport – even when running to the gym.
  • Make iPhone use to record sets easier.

Cons

  • A bit more flimsy than the full-finger gloves.
  • Not that padded.
  • Blisters are still possible on fingers especially the top inside parts.

Overall, these worked out well for a couple of years for me.

UFC Training Gloves

ufc training gloves
Click on the picture to order a pair on Amazon.

I bought a pair of Ultimate Fighting Championship training gloves for some exercise routines that involved a punching bag.

I had started to lift before hitting the bag so I wore these gloves then. I don’t remember how much I paid for them but during the summer of 2014 they cost between $19 and $29 on Amazon.

Pros

  • No need to change if workout includes lifting and boxing.
  • Comfortable.

Cons

  • A little on the heavy side to use for weightlifting.
  • If you wear a fitness band – like a Jawbone or Fitbit or Apple Watch ⌚️ – that’s hard to wear with these.

I would recommend these if you do a workout that includes lifting and boxing and want to avoid carrying two pairs of gloves around the gym with you.

Your Hands

Some people prefer to go without weightlifting gloves. I’ve done that before, but wouldn’t do it unless I have to, such as I’ve forgotten my weightlifting gloves, for example.

Pros

  • No cost.
  • Less laundry.

Cons

  • Blisters.
  • Blisters.
  • Blisters.

What gloves to wear or not to wear is a personal choice, of course. I preferred the full-fingered version for the most part myself in 2014 but by 2018 had switch to another version of gloves …

My favorites?

I first wrote this article in 2014 and then updated it in 2018 and it was interesting to see what I was using for weightlifting gloves  four years after initially writing this. And my go to currently are finger-less gloves of this brand:

I’ve been buying my gloves on Amazon and what’s interesting to me about ordering them there is that I can actually see when I ordered my last pair so when they feel worn out I can check if it actually has been a while. Because of this I knew it’s been a year and I ordered another pair for the second year in a row.

This was first written in 2014 and updated in 2018.