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Old 08-03-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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Alternative to chalk ?

Hi all,

It looks like I'll be heading to a commercial gym to lift weights, and I'm not sure if chalk will be allowed (actually pretty sure it won't be).

Is there any alternative to chalk ? Are gloves a no-no ?

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:03 AM   #2
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Rosin? Less messy than chalk, although I can still see some commercial gyms being funny about it.

I've never worn gloves, but they get a bad rap around here.

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Rosin? Less messy than chalk, although I can still see some commercial gyms being funny about it.

I've never worn gloves, but they get a bad rap around here.
Rosin is amazing. When it's on your hands, its like you could climb up walls like spiderman. Minimal mess, and what mess it makes isn't visible.

Gloves are a massive no-no during deadlifts. My experience is that they make grip quite a bit weaker, I guess because they increase the effective diameter of the bar. I'd rather use nothing at all than gloves.

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i've just joined a new gym, this time i didnt even bother asking just go ahead i use chalk, try your best to be tidy with it i doubt anyone will complain

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:36 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into rosin, seems interesting. However I guess it's not really cool for the guy who uses the bar after you, is it ?

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Try liquid chalk. It's easy to keep tidy and be discrete with.

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+1 for liquid chalk

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The gym where I usually lift doesn't allow chalk, and I started using restroom paper towels (the brown ones). They help a lot. I'm not joking.

Take two, crease 'em down the middle, lay one over the bar where you want to grip it. They only last for one or two sets before they get all torn up.

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The gym where I usually lift doesn't allow chalk, and I started using restroom paper towels (the brown ones). They help a lot. I'm not joking.

Take two, crease 'em down the middle, lay one over the bar where you want to grip it. They only last for one or two sets before they get all torn up.
My gym in Chiang Mai has a bucket of (dry) sponges. You can wrap them around a bar- much better than nothing.

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