Here’s a must read http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-and-Prevent-a-Rip-in-Gymnastics

You need to take care of your hands or, like me this week, you will get a nasty tear.   Nothing cool about a tear.  It’s not a badge of honor, it makes your training suck for the next week or so. 

Another tool not mentioned here is the ped egg.  This little thing is awesome.  http://kayo8.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/ped-egg.jpg