$1 Dollar Workout Gloves!

Save some money with these cheap “home made” weight lifting workout gloves…

I’m not a huge fan of regular leather workout gloves because I find that they tend to be thick and bulky and this actually hinders my grip.

The padding in the palm of the weight lifting gloves can limit how much of your fingers you can actually wrap around the bar. Now this isn’t usually a problem with pressing exercises, but it can reduce your grip strength with pulling exercises.

However, a very good and cheap alternative that you can use is my “Home Made Workout Gloves”.

Watch The Video Below To See How These Gloves In Action…

Note: if you can’t watch the embedded video clip above,
you can watch it right on my YouTube Channel by Clicking Here

All you need is a thin pair of rubber dish washing gloves and cut out the fingers. The rubber gloves will stick to the barbell and provide a good grip without having excess padding bunch up in your hands.

I was lucky enough to find a black pair of dish washing gloves at the Dollar Store that worked out perfectly. In fact with the fingers, thumb, and wrists trimmed off you can hardly tell they use to be dish washing gloves. From a quick glance they look like regular workout gloves.

So if you are looking for a cheap and effective alternative to expensive workout gloves, give this rubber workout glove tip a try. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how good of a grip they provide… 🙂

About The Author


Lee Hayward is a former competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online coaching people since 1997. His work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes. Lee's main focus right now is with helping men over 40 - who don't want to be fat anymore - lose the gut, build muscle, and get back in shape. If you're ready to "Start Again" for the last time and finally build a lean healthy body that you can be proud of, just e-mail Lee to discuss a realistic action plan that's right for you... lee@leehayward.com


  • Lee I prefer leaving the pink cuffs on the gloves… unaltered…but the guys at the gym torment me when I do it this way.

  • Shri from India

    Hi Hayward,

    I am a big fan of you and your workouts. Really appreciate your tips and updates on a regular basis. I read almost every newsletter that i receive from you. Thanks for all your information which you are sharing with you. I am impressed with this article also. “$1 Dollar Workout Gloves!” What a caption which grabbed me to land into this page for more info. Very impressive Lee….hat’s off.

    Thanks once again and I always remain as your one of the biggest fan from India…..


  • Tom

    quoted for truth from Mark Rippetoe….

    The only legitimate use for a glove is to cover an injury… A desire to prevent callus formation (possibly so as to not snag one’s pantyhose) does not constitute a legitimate use.


    If you insist on wearing gloves, make sure they match your purse.

  • Tony

    Wow, Tom’s tough!

  • Mike

    I’m sure your wife will appreciate your calloused hand. Or your, ah, tallywhacker. Not all of us can afford to have heavily calloused hands ..

  • Good tip Lee. I’ve ruined my last pair of hose! But really, some folks can’t afford calluses, be it sales, or some other professional trade, and that is where I feel these would be beneficial, and yes, cheap!

  • Richard

    Hey Lee, sounds like a great idea, but I’ve got to believe that if you use rubber and sweat like I do, those ‘gloves’ are going to slide in your hands.

    BTW, you are an inspiration to all of us and I really appreciate all you provide to those of us who can’t afford gyms or trainers. Thanks Lee.

  • gatez

    Dear Mr. Hayward,

    Do you know how to get rid of body marks and acne?

  • Cole


    Hey to get rid of stretch marks use lotions with vitamin E, for acne talk to your dermatologist. They will know whats right for your skin type.

  • Chad

    I worked out without gloves for years because I work construction and don’t want SISSY hands.
    HOWEVER, touching my wife and 3 small kids quickly changed that.
    It is now a necessity!!

  • Miguel

    What about transpiration?…rubber doesn’t seem to be very good in that sense..

  • leroy aeschbacher

    wow, you must have lil girlie hands, because i have just the opposite reaction to leather lifting gloves
    they allow me to get a firmer grip on the lil 1′ bars oh and ya your girl will love the non calloused hands on a glove wearer ,so you decide, bodybuilder or calloused cave man ( bet the uncalloused bodybuilder hands will get more girls than cave boy)…lol. LeRoy

  • leroy aeschbacher


    and dumb too

  • leroy aeschbacher



  • Franky

    i don’t use gloves i like gripping the bar with my bare hands i like the touch of metal! just like when i whip out my johnson for the females no rubber needed!

  • Ryan

    Thanks again Lee, i admit not all of your ideas work for everyone.. BUT any money saving tip is ok with me.
    p.s. before writing this I tried it out… and It works, I felt weird going to the gym but really, nobody knew but me.. and all of you now LOL

  • gatez:
    Dear Mr. Hayward,

    Do you know how to get rid of body marks and acne?


    Check with a dermatologist…

  • I don’t wear gloves for my workouts, I usually just use chalk. But I wanted to share this tip because it’s a good one for folks who do like to wear workout gloves.

  • gabriel

    I remember seeing Pudzianowski rip his hands to crap more than once. The small, pink vinyl dumbells won’t damage your hand. Deadlifting an M1 Abrams MBT certainly WILL. Whether or not you use gloves depends on whereabouts you fit inbetween the two. You are obviously closer to the colorful plastic dumbells end of the spectrum.

  • Jeffrey

    You always have the best and practical tips! I am going to the dollar store tomorrow! Thanks!

  • marcelinseevathean

    Whilst Nancy Sinatra was showing recognition in her song for , our friend and coach Lee is clearly illustrating the idea in his video clip on how to maximise on our grey matters.Our heads are not only designed to be used to put on hats and caps, we’ve got to find ways and means to innovate…Why wasting time, let’s give a try with the home made workout gloves and we’ll be back to you.

  • marcelinseevathean

    May I refer to my previous comment where I noticed that the following words have not appeared regarding the title of the song which is of Nancy Sinatra.

  • chantal

    ” A desire to prevent callus formation” : yes of course, and as a woman i dont see why i shouldnt want to prevent these callous formation ! so when i started weight-training i bought some cheap training gloves which do what they should do and cost 5 or 6 euros to replace. but your idea of using dishwashing gloves is goood, as they can be bought in evry supermarket whatever and for 1 or 2 euros only. so i will try out this soon !

  • john

    hey lee…i.m not a big fan of following bodt builders for i think oviouse reasons you start and after time get frustrated cause i do not look like them. But i,ve been following you recording your workout on my phone you know form and all that. I follow your nuitrition and lost 20lbs in 2 months and i see my bench improved 50lbs in 2 months my arms are solid getting good form…and i,m 40. i take creatine vitamins and protein. thanks i,m not going to be a body builder but i went from 252 to 232 and getting solid. You do a grat job breaking things down and easy keep up the good work.

  • john,

    Way to go John, that’s awesome. In my opinion “Real Bodybuilding” isn’t about getting on stage and competing, but getting in your personal best shape and living life to the fullest. That’s what I consider Total Fitness Bodybuilding.

    While competing can help with this process, it’s not needed. I would say that approx. 97% of my followers never have and probably never will compete on stage. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the benefits of a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle.

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