Best Training Gloves

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

Introduction | Benefits of training gloves | The 10 Best Weightlifting Gloves

man wearing training gloves and holding a dumbbell

I want to make one thing explicitly clear from the get-go. You are not, I repeat NOT, a nancy if you wear training gloves. I only mention it because that’s what the boys started calling me at the sted’ed gym I trained at as a teen when I rocked up in a pair of York netted – netted not knitted! – training gloves my mum bought me for my birthday. ‘A real man trains bare fleshed,’ the carpet-carrying behemoths taunted.


So as not to offend mum I would leave the house sporting my netted – netted not knitted! – gloves but when I got within a hundred metres of the gym I quickly unsheathed.


What I’ve since learned is, there’s no shame in wearing training gloves – anyone who tells you otherwise is a fool. Training gloves can enhance the exercise experience and improve performance.


Before we take look at some products I’m going to discuss, in brief, how we can use training gloves in our sessions (I won’t offended if you go ahead and skip my spiel).


1: Lo-ng row sessions

Whenever I decide to row 15,000-plus metres I always strap on a pair of gloves. Why? Well I find that after an hour of rowing, suffused in slippery sweat, my forearms are fatigued which makes gripping the ore quite the challenge. Training gloves are a simple and effective way of mitigating this problem. They prevent slipping and reduce hot-spots developing on the palms thus allowing me to focus on covering the distance in a reasonably respectable time.


2: Hammer training

In my other article – Training Hammers – I included a small range of training gloves for the simple reason that, 10 minutes of swinging a hammer can feel like you just given a cheese grater a hand job (excuse that). Yeah I’m all in for rough and tumble, but I don’t want Freddy Krueger hands after every session – my other passion, besides exercising, is spanking the plank (aka playing the guitar). Believe me when I say, fingering the G string in no fun when your hands are in tatters. This irritating eventuality doesn’t occur when you slip on a pair of gloves.


3: Kettlebell sessions

Much the same with the training hammer, a prolonged kettlebell sesh will trash the hands. If you think I’m over exaggerating spend twenty minutes interchanging continuously between swings and single arm cleans into presses. Let’s put it this way, piano practice and high-fives will be off the menu for a week. Which is no fun.



4: And finally urban training

I don’t know about you but I love to conclude a run with a play in the park. Pull-ups and hanging leg raises on the swings, press-ups and burpees on the AstroTurf, alternate bar-jumps on the seesaw. You can’t beat it! But the pleasure of urban training (as I like to call it) can be somewhat dampened without gloves. No one likes rusty hands and plastic grass sores on their knuckles. Not going to happen when you’re gloved up.


Right, if I have you convinced regarding the merit and worth of training gloves, and how they can support us during exercise, below you will find some excellent examples. All of the products below satisfy the following criteria:


- Over 100 customer feedback reviews
- No less than 4 star rating
- Built to endure not to break

 

The 10 Best Weightlifting Gloves

 

1: OMERIL weightlifting gloves (£10)

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  • The strategically placed mesh outer fabric offers excellent breathability while the ergonomic design improves comfort and feel.

  • OMERIL's weightlifting gloves feature an integrated full length wrist strap that enhances wrist stability during heavy lifts.

  • The non-slip design with multiple padded contact points provides a further level of hand protection.


5 stars with over 800 reviews

 

2: Grebarley Gym Gloves (£13.99)

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  • Grebarley's rough and ready super durable all-purpose weightlifting gloves have been designed for those spit and sawdust lifters out there.

  • Crafted from high quality materials these gloves promise to last a life time.

  • The non-slip raised palms improves protection and grip.



4.5 stars after over 1600 reviews

 

3: Atercel weight lifting gloves (£10.99)

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  • Atercel's innovative palm design maximises grip while reducing soreness around contact points.

  • The glove design is inspired by scientific research conducted on how people use gloves during weight training. Thus they offer superior comfort and a super snug fit.

  • The Atercel glove is made from lightweight, breathable and stretchy material which increases flexibility and sensitivity.


Nearly five stars with 1850 reviews

 

4: Gym Gloves by SLB (£9.99)

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  • The mesh outer fabric offers excellent breathability while the ergonomic design improves comfort and feel.

  • SLB's weightlifting gloves feature an integrated full length wrist strap that enhances wrist stability during heavy lifts.

  • The non-slip design with multiple padded contact points provides a further level of hand protection.


4.5 stars with 700 reviews

 

5: Fit Active weight training gloves (£18.96)

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  • These gloves offer full palm and thumb protection.

  • Built-in wrist wraps ensure greater support and stability.

  • Silicon printed neoprene palm provides superior grip while reducing potential slips.

  • The open back, though not to some people's taste, improves breathability while also making this one light weightlifting glove.


Immense customer ratings – nearly 4000 reviews and still retains 4.5 stars!

 

6: RDX all-purpose workout training glove (£26.99)

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  • RDX's flagship training glove is crafted from premium quality cowhide leather. Thus they'll endure the toughest of workouts.

  • The extra-long wrap-around wrist support will reduce injuries and give you the confidence to push the poundage.

  • Thumb sheathe and finger webbing incorporates breathable 4-way stretch fabric to keep hands well-ventilated.

Nearly 5 stars with over 500 reviews.

 

7: EMRAH leather weight lifting gloves (£9.91)

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  • EMRAH signature 'Leather Pro Gel Pasted Palm Pad' provides optimum grip and cushioning.

  • The specially designed finger loops offer maximum comfort and finger flexibility.

  • The full wrap-around Velcro wrist closure ensures a secure fit.

  • An ergonomically designed glove for natural feel and improved grip.


Over 250 reviews with 4 stars

 

8: Boildeg gym training gloves (£13.99)

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  • Boildeg's premium weightlifting glove covers the entire palm and the thumb of your hand. Thus reducing skin sores and abrasions.

  • They feature a full-length wrist wrap that offers superior wrist support.

  • The back of the glove is made from breathable mesh material to reduce sweat accumulation.

  • The palms are coated with silicone nanoweb to reduce slips and improve grip.


4.5 stars after over 1600 reviews!

 


9: INSUPER weight lifting gloves (£9.97)

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  • The outer microfibre mesh fabric will ensure that these gloves fit your hands, like, well . . . like gloves should.

  • Crafted from durable yet lightweight fabrics.

  • The non-slip silica gel palm ensures great grip even when you get really sweaty.

  • And the built-in wrap-around wrist supports will reduce injuries and give you the confidence to push the poundage.


Over 350 reviews and very nearly 5 stars

 

10: Steel Sweat workout gloves (£11.95)

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  • The outer mesh fabric will keep your hands ventilated even during the sweatiest workout.

  • These gloves feature integrated pull tabs so that you can easily whip them off.

  • Constructed from premium quality fabrics Steel Sweat's weightlifting gloves promise to last for years to come.

  • Double stitched for superior durability.


Over 400 reviews with 4 stars

 

Conclusion

There we have it, 10 damn good gloves for you to choose from. Any of the products above will provide your hands with the protection they no doubt deserve.


A pair of quality training gloves can enhance the pleasure of exercise (or at least mitigate a smidgen of the pain) which in turn can improve performance. Just remember, there's no shame in wearing gloves and it will NOT make you a nancy.


When you get your gloves try these hardcore HIIT sessions.

 

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Blog Author

Adam Priest, former Royal Marines Commando, is a personal trainer, lecturer, boxing and Thai boxing enthusiast

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