We all follow the CrossFit training methodology in our gyms, which is basically high-intensity training and as a result, hands perspire too much thus creating hindrance in lifting weights. When this happens, we will often find ourselves looking at Weightlifting Chalk as s solution to this problem.
It all started when one of our trainer’s bar used to fall down multiple times due to less grip. When we tried to understand, what could be the problem, we figured Charles used to sweat too much, which made the grip less secure and due to this very reason, he was losing confidence in himself in lifting weights and was on verge of quitting.
Who should use lifting chalk and why?
We did hear about gym chalk powder application on hands to solve the problem, but had no idea about its pros and cons, so decided to do some quick research.
Talking to other trainers and our customers, it is then that we came to terms with the difficulties they faced from slippery hands, losing grip and not able to hold weights for too long. Grip strength was one common problem all had.
The exact cause of slippery hands is the intensity-intensity training and amount of exercise athletes do, that in turn causes them to sweat. The palms are seen to sweat easily and it is this sweaty condition that makes it difficult to maintain the grip.
Chalk is a grip agent which solves the problem and very useful for persons who do weightlifting, rock climbing and gymnastics.
What’s good and what’s bad about weightlifting chalk?
We decided to do a quick research on advantages and disadvantages of using weightlifting chalk.
Obviously, the main pro of using chalk is to enhance secure grip on the weights. It is also inexpensive and commonly available in most sporting stores. Though it may look like a crutch or hindrance, it is actually better than losing the grip.
One of the main disadvantages as told by other gym owners is messiness. Combination of sweaty hands and chalk can leave chalky prints on whatever you touch and especially the weights, which is difficult to clean. This is the reason why all gyms do not allow chalk in their premises.
What kind of chalk for hands should you use?
Choosing the right kind of chalk is paramount when you plan to use weightlifting chalk.
Standard chalk is the least expensive and it comes in block form. Use this when there are no restrictions in your gym.
You could use chalk balls, chalk comes in a cloth ball. Application is done by rubbing the cloth, chalk comes through the pores. It is bit easy to clean this chalk after the work out but some gyms may still object to its usage as it is more expensive than powdered form.
Liquid chalk is most expensive but works well in chalk restricted gyms as it just leaves grippy residues that are easy to clean off while at the same time maintaining the grip.
When we started this quick research, we thought we would get lot of information easily, but it was not so. Very little information was available and we had to talk to the owners of sporting goods, trainers and athletes to extract information. There are alternate grip tools available in the market, but we recommend the easily available sweat free weightlifting chalk to get hands on secure grip on your weights.
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