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Review: Climb On! Intensive Skin Repair

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This week, we take a moment to review Climb On! Intensive Skin Repair.

Item: Climb On! Intensive Skin Repair
Price: $10.25 USD
Manufacturer: Climb On!

I’m a self confessed CrossFit addict (just thought I would get that out of the way up front)! So imagine my confusion when I was told about a healing product traditionally used by rock climbers would be beneficial for me. Now I can’t quite remember who, when or how the product was introduced to me but I can tell you I’m glad it was! It has now found a permanent home in my gym bag and I’m forever pulling it out to doctor my wounds. So what is it and why is it good for CrossFitters?

Well the answer relates primarily to that familiar question CrossFitters often ask themselves when facing a pull-up intensive WOD, “To tape or not to tape?” You can almost hear yourself say, “I don’t need to tape, I don’t tear,” then you do. Badly.

I found myself in that exact position just last week. I had just finished the WOD and looked down at my hands to what I already knew was there or not there shall I say. Yes I had a couple of nice tears right in the middle of my palm along with a calloused little finger, courtesy of some chest-to-bar pull-ups of course.

Then just when I thought I’d seen the worst of the damages, two days later, I managed to blister my hands again and rip the skin off three fingers while performing several power snatches and farmer walks. Now I’ll admit during the power snatches I felt the skin start to pull away but my  love for the workout took over and erased any thought of stopping to attend to my wounds. After all who’s going to stop mid-workout and tape in a 20-minute AMRAP, not me!

So once the clocked ticked down, my name and time went up on whiteboard, I hit the showers. Suddenly, my hands felt like I was holding a couple of lit cigarettes in them… the wrong way! It was then it dawned on me that these abrasions were worse than I expected. So I did what I have come accustomed to and reached for my can of “Climb On!”

The manufacture describes “Climb On!” in the following way:

“This one product can soothe burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, cracked cuticles and heels, tissue nose, road rash, diaper rash, abrasions, poison ivy…any skin issue that needs deep moisturizing and nourishing. Climb On! Bar was originally formulated for rock climbers. It has crossed all barriers since it works on any skin type and any skin issue. The beeswax is the emulsifier which holds the ingredients together. It acts as a humectant, which draws moisture to the skin. It acts as a natural water resistant barrier to help skin stay protected. Anyone from babies to rock stars use this product. The essential oils of neroli and lavender work their therapeutic properties to help the body bring the skin back into balance. Our body sees Climb On! recipe as a friend not a foe! Climb On! is for EVERYONE!”

Translation: it’s a little block of wax that gives the skin relief and successfully repairs the tears! I think it has amazing healing power and it truly soothes busted blisters. I’ve been using it for quite some time now and had some amazing results. So much so I felt I had to write a review on it.

Craig Smith with Climb On!

Craig with Climb On!

The Good

Easy to apply: After the WOD I applied it liberally once every few of hours and the silky finish provided such relief. With each rub it felt as though a second skin was being applied.

Fast acting: The morning after applying I’m always amazed to find that a nice layer of skin has formed. Wow after using this product I can honestly say recover can happen overnight! Within two days of this recent tear I was already seeing much improvement and was able get back in the box and not miss my Monday session. Truthfully my hands were still a little tender and I was glad to see CF Total, not Fran up on the whiteboard. Using “Climb on!” helped and meant that I wasn’t too restricted when completing the deadlift or shoulder press.

All natural Ingredients: This stuff is apparently made from “all natural ingredients” with the core ingredient being beeswax. So if you are an organic centric person this is the product for you. I have to say that my hands felt nourished after application. As the manufacture states it is “100% pure (chemical free), food grade, skin nourishing product.  We say “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”

Great Value: A large jar is 28g and usually retails for a mere $15 AUD (you can find it online for $10.25 plus shipping and handling). You may think that’s tiny but let me tell you I use it regularly and it lasts.

The Bad

Hard to find: it’s a Mountain climber’s product, so you won’t find it in your everyday sports store. It is available from selected rock climbing stores but it took some research before I stumbled upon it. Since writing I did find it sold online so that should make it a little easier (we provided the link below).

It’s messy: It’s just a block of wax in a tin, so despite the fact it goes on easy  it ends up all over your fingers. My advice is don’t try and use the iPhone straight after application, unless you want it smudged all over that beautiful glass.


In short: this stuff rocks!

As you can see from the pictures my hands have had a dramatic improvement in just 48-hours. Sure some care is still required so I can keep cranking away through whatever the coach throws up on the whiteboard but overall its a great little product and one that should find a nice home in any CrossFitters gym bag.

To find out more check it out on their website here.



This product was purchased at our own expense. But if you would like to win a free jar of Climb On! Hand wax, The Rx Review are giving away 10 for FREE. To find out how to win, click here.

Saturday just after tear

Saturday just after the tear

Hand Tear 24 hours later

24-hours after using Climb On!

Hand Tear 48 hours after using Climb On!

48-hours after using Climb On!

  • Craig, thanks for this review! I was looking for alternatives to tape and grips, so this is something I might have to experiment with.

  • emma_nicole

    Awesome read Craig. I am prone to ripping, tearing and then wincing after the fact. So I will be a devout convert to Climb On!

  • Timothy Donegan

    Love this stuff!

    • Thanks Timothy for the kind words we really appreciate it! Our business had been built on word of mouth – we don’t have a multi-million (billion) dollar like the big guys so please help us spread the word!

  • Crossfitjeremy

    For $10 bucks I must try it! Great find Craig.

  • Thanks for letting us know about this stuff.

  • Erick

    I found at place that sells it in Vegas, Desert Rock Sports. I’m getting it today. Thanks for the tip.

  • WRRYFree Skin Care

    Awesome pictures!

    • Hey Will. It’s crazy seeing the before and after side by side. I said to Craig the other day it looks like it works so well I want to tear my hands just so I can try it for myself. 

  • Hello Craig and friends,

    Thank you so much for spending your hard-earned time and money to review our Climb On! Bar. We are glad you enjoyed the CO! Bar and wanted to share your experiences with the world.

    You can find list of locations our products are sold in the United States here,

    and our International List here,

    and you can always purchase from our web as well!

    The Climb On Products Team

    • Not sure how you guys found our review so fast but always great to hear the manufacture takes the time to comment. Cheers Michael 

      • We Google ourselves a lot! Love the ability to sign-in with our Twitter account so you know it’s really us!

  • Karla

    For training skin tears AND high heel blisters. Why haven’t they marketed this in fashion before??

    • Hi Karla,

      The Climb On! Bar has so many uses we couldn’t possible cover them our with our small family-owned team. We count on y’all you help spread the word Karla.

      Thanks for your support!

      The Climb On! Team

  • craig_d_smith

    Hi Climb On! team, I use your stuff and love it. It repaired and soothed my hands so quickly after some particularly brutal rips. I also love how its ‘Eco friendly’. A great product all round.


  • Dave

    This is some of the greatest stuff on earth!

    • Thanks Dave for the kind words we really appreciate it! Our business had been built on word of mouth – we don’t have a multi-million (billion) dollar like the big guys so please help us spread the word!

  • saweet!

    • i love it, use it all the time now!

  • I can’t wait to try this! I’ve just got myself a huge tub of Lucas Paw Paw ointment. They’re not too bad!

    • Hey Arthur,

      Try us out! We promise 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

      If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the product, simply return the unused portion  within 30 days of purchase with the receipt and we will refund your money. It’s that simple.

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  • afto

    i do a lot of olympic lifting and the constant gripping on the knurling tears up my hands pretty good so will give this a shot, thanks.

    • afto

      this stuff really works wonders


    I love, love, love this stuff, just bought 4-one for me and 3 to share.  I accidentally got it “stuck” to the lid and now I just pop it open and use the lid as a convenient holder.  This junk is awesome, thanks!!!!

    • No problem John glad we could be of help. 

    • hahah that’s funny! Thanks John for the kind words we really appreciate it! Our business had been built on word of mouth – we don’t have a multi-million (billion) dollar like the big guys so please help us spread the word!

  • Erick

    After 100 pull ups for time I finally got a chance to start using this amazing product, after just three days I’m already seeing the difference. Thank you guys for hooking me up with this stuff!!!

    • Thanks Erick for the kind words we really appreciate it! Our business had been built on word of mouth – we don’t have a multi-million (billion) dollar like the big guys so please help us spread the word!

  • Nick

    Purchased! Thanks Rx for the letting me know. 

  • Jenna_Rdder22

    I’m amazed at how well this works. Will have to give them a try. 

  • We did an intense Toes-to-bar wod at the box and I totally forgot my husband has this in his gym bag! Next time, I’m stealing it!

    • I finally got my hands on some of it this week and really like it so far Angela. Let us know what you think of it when you do steal some 🙂

    • Hey Angela – there’s plenty to go around – “Never be far from the bar!” how did it go for you?

  • I need to get some of this stuff.  For sure.  

  • afto

    still using this stuff and like it and agree only issue is afterwards, just go to bed and not touch ur iPhone ,ha.

    • Thanks Afto – No worries your skin will eat it up quickly! Help us spread the word!

  • I was talking this stuff up, most thought I was pushing crack and some were poo-pooing it-I couldn’t give it away.  I finally convinced 1 person to try it and now everyone is like “this stuff is gold”. HA, gotta love it…!

    • Thanks John for the kind words and sticking to it we really appreciate it! Our business had been built on word of mouth – we don’t have a multi-million (billion) dollar like the big guys so please help us spread the word!

  • Trying this for the first time today, hoping hands are ready for tomorrow’s WOD

  • Shelly

    Wow. My husband needs some of this. 

    • We have all kinds of special running! There are plenty of other equally as awesome products that we carry too!

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  • Naomi

    I used to use this, then switched to a salve called Joshua Tree Skin Care. A gymnastics friend told be about it. It’s a bit greasy if you use too much, but she said the extra oil helps to strengthen and repair the skin. I also got their arnica lotion – in love!

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