Tattooed Fitness Trainer Kettlebell Lifting

To ensure a safer and more productive kettlebell lifting and training environment, it is important to establish and implement strict ground rules from the very start.

These rules apply to individual and group training. And should be followed and adhered to at all times, for any kettlebell fitness regime.

Please read the Kettlebell Lifting and Exercise Guidelines below, before preceeding further.


Basic Ground Rules for Kettlebell Lifting and Exercise Routines.


 Safety Techniques for Kettlebell Lifting

Essential Handcare for Sustained Kettlebell lifting

During any kettlebell workout you are required to grip the kettlebell loosely, to minimise calluses or ripped calluses.

Handcare is one of the most overlooked, yet important components of fitness with kettlebells. Especially if you perform kettlebell Swings, Cleans and Snatches.

However, when you first begin kettlebell training, it takes time to adjust to the touch and feel of the kettlebell. And therefore developing some level of rough skin at the top of your palms is inevitable.

Below is a guide to help you make the best of the situation, and keep your hands in good condition for each session.

Handcare Guide

  1. Do not let the calluses get thick and rough. Do this by soaking your hands in warm water at night. Then thin and smooth out the calluses with a pumice stone before applying an oily cream. Preferably a cream that is natural and that penetrates and moisturises efficiently.
  1. File or shave off your calluses using battery operated rotating buffers available from most chemists. Or even use high grade sand paper. That way you simply file off the excess calluses, so that it never gets thick enough to tear or rip. You can even get callous shavers that use a razor blade, with a guide to shaving off thick calluses. But if you file often and correctly, you may never need them.
  1. You do not want to file away the entire callous. The thickened part that becomes caught or pinched during kettlebell snatches for instance, is what you should file off. Your calluses are there for a reason. Just keep them in check to reduce the possibility of tears.
  1. Listen to your hands. If your skin begins to pull, tingle or give indications of a blister or tear, STOP. By halting a set early to save your hands, is far preferable to ignoring the warning.  Allowing a tear to occur, and which can derail your training.

Kettlebell Instructors, Gymnasts and Power Lifters recommend the following techniques to deal with over thick and hard calluses

  1. Soak hands in hot water (comfortably hot) for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Dry the hands and wait 30 seconds or so, for the blood to come back.
  3. Sand the hand with either pumice stone, sandpaper or electrical sander callus removers.

The skin sloughs off with very little effort and all the hand pads become nice and flat. Just enough to protect but not tear.


  1. Cut the dead skin away as close to the remaining callous edge as possible.
  2. Clean and dry, and then place a square of athletic tape (MUST BE POROUS or it won’t work) over the tear and work it into  the skin until it is seamless.
  3. Leave it on until it gets wet or dirty then replace. If the tape won’t stick it is wet or dirty.

This technique allows the tear to get air so it will dry out. But the porous covering allows it to be just moist enough so you don’t get cracks in the centre. Apparently it works well every time !

You can work out with the square of tape covering the tear.



If the workout routines include kettlebell snatches, but your hands begin to tingle and feel their ready to rip. Settle for two handed swings instead when kettlebell lifting, to minimise the stress on the skin of the hands.

Also if you are training in high humidity and you are practising snatches. Always revert to a FULL SNATCH – DEAD POSITIONinstead of swinging.

Then you can do multiple reps and sets without ripping your hands.

The back swing, and thus most of the skin stress, is eliminated.