The Story Behind My Pull Up Grips

One of my most vivid Crossfit memories is the day I tried to complete the 14.4 Crossfit Games workout.  I was so new to Crossfit, I could barely do 10 toes-to-bar, let alone 50, let alone do 50 after a 60-calorie row.  That workout almost broke me – it is entirely thanks to a VERY calming and patient coach and a super supportive judge (Carlo & Sara THANK YOU!!!) that I persisted through all 14 minutes of torture.

That being said, my hands didn’t hold up so well through that wod.  I was left with torn calluses, on not one, but BOTH my hands.  I had tried to protect them – but no chalk or tape on earth could have withstood the combination of my death grip on the bar and my wild swinging in at attempt to get my toes to touch the bar.

And so I started to investigate pull up grips.  I had a pair shipped from Australia (they were supposed to be the best).  But they just didn’t work for me.  And so, I decided to design my own.  And the result worked!  I’ve been using my pull up grips for a year and half now, and I love them.  They work well for me, they protect my hands, and I find them so comfortable that I’m quite happy to leave them on for a whole wod.  They’re also fully washable, so you can just throw them in the machine if they get a little dirty . . .

As I’ve convinced more friends to join Crossfit, and the AMAZING box I go to – Crossfit AIO  – more people have asked me for their own grips.  I made a pair for one of the guys who told me a few weeks ago that they had literally changed his life.

If you’re interested, I’d be happy to make some for you too!  Just send me an email at and we can get the process started!

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