I have finally put Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength into practice, and as my hands become calloused I am becoming more interested in using chalk. I know a lot of gyms don't like it, but it seems standard fare amongst many lifters. What is the best solution out there? Also, it seems Rippetoe is not a fan of gloves (as it increases the diameter of the bar, and therefore reduces strength).
asked Jul 20 '11 at 15:25
I don't know if it's suitable for lifting, but you could look at using a traditional rock climber's chalk bag. They're available at any store that supplies climbing equipment (e.g., REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, etc.), and can also usually be purchased at climbing gyms (e.g. Planet Rock) or online. Climbers typically hang them on their harnesses; when I was into climbing, I wore mine on a separate belt for convenience, and I'd imagine you could do something similar.
If you go this route, here's something else to try: put your chalk inside the foot of a nylon stocking, tie it off, then put the stocking inside the chalk bag. This makes it easy to squeeze chalk onto the palms of your hands and your fingers, without having it go all over the place when you pull your hand out.
answered Jul 27 '11 at 14:22