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So I climb. It keeps my hands pretty rough, but for my day job I am a desk jockey now. I was wondering, are there exercises can I do to keep my hands rough so they don't get torn to shreds when I do get out? Is there anything I can do to keep them rough other than manual labor or climbing?

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Thanks for the Accept. By the way, I've never used it so I didn't include it in my answer, but Tuf-Foot claims to toughen skin. It might be worth a try. – Mr.Wizard Jun 1 '12 at 2:13
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I don't think anything works the hands in exactly the same way as climbing. I think that a training board or minimally Metolius Rock Rings are the best bet for keeping hands in shape.

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If there is no place to hang them up invert the system and use them as handles for a Farmer's Walk, a great exercise in itself.

If this is still too much for the office you can at least give your forearms a serious pump with a heavy gripper.

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+1 - Rock ring farmer's walks are a pretty rad workout if you can't get to a climbing gym. – DavidR Feb 1 '13 at 15:47
@DavidR Thanks. It should also be good for the antagonist muscles of the shoulder and back. – Mr.Wizard Feb 2 '13 at 0:03

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