Weightlifting chalk is an absolute must for powerlifters, strongman & anyone looking to pile on strength.
Chalk is essentially a tool that allows you to get better grip on the bar.
It is the best alternative to straps & gloves if you hate either one of them.
Chalk can be both beneficial & not so beneficial.
So what better way to find out than to list each negatives & positives.
What Is The Chalk Made Of?
Most have no clue as to what the chalk contains or what it does.
Most “outsiders” think your about to shoot a line in the gym that is a mile long.
Chalk is harmless & very skin friendly.
So if you inhale it, that is on you.
The chalk contains a chemical known as magnesium, carbonate (MgCO3).
I won’t get to scientific here, but it is essentially a inorganic salt that is white & solid.
With chalk, it prevents your palms from getting sweaty & pulls water if present.
Dry, firm grip, ready to rip off 600 lbs off the floor like a boss.
This should be in your gym bag if you haven’t added it already.
Here is just a few to get your interest flowing.
- Better grip, better lifts.
- Bigger muscles & better recruitment.
- Add more weight without sacrificing grip strength (ie; straps)
- Cheap to buy compared to certain straps.
- Potential for more grip work.
Ok Bro, But What About The Negatives?
By far, the only negative and when we mean only negative is… the mess.
Talk to any lifter who uses it and they will say, the mess is the only negative.
Not only that, gyms & other people will hate you for the mess if you got to a gym that doesn’t take lightly to it.
For gyms that don’t take lightly to chalk, that is almost all of them.
But don’t go rampaging & throwing dumbbells at the wall.
If your gym doesn’t allow lifting chalk, than here is a better alternative.
Seriously! This stuff works!
No mess, no angry gym owners, no rampages, no gym goers chasing you with pitchforks.
Best of all?
No difference in results.
Liquid chalk is the new rage!
Contains the same chemical with some added alcohol & thickener.
Best Grip Without The Mess – Liquid Chalk
Add a few drops, dries instantly for vice like grip.
Hell, you can hang on a pull-up bar for 5 hours straight without giving out.
By far one of the best tool ever.
One word of caution!
Make sure the liquid chalk contains magnesium carbonate and not Aluminum carbonate.
Aluminum is the fake crap that does absolutely nothing.
Magnesium – YES!
Aluminum – NO!