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Weightlifting Chalk: Boost Your Strength by 10% or More Right Now

by Dejan Antic | Follow Dejan on Twitter

Weight Lifting ChalkWeightlifting chalk is a godsend.

In my case, I was able to ramp up my deadlift weight by 10% in just one workout. I went from being able to lift 140 kg two times to lifting 155 kg for five reps easy.

And best of all, my other lifts took off as well.

But there’s just one big problem with weightlifting chalk – most gyms don’t let you use it.

Oh, if only you could use weightlifting chalk in the gym with no one noticing it … life would be sweet right?

Well, now you can do just that. Read on.

First of All, What Exactly is Weightlifting Chalk?

The scientific term for weightlifting chalk is magnesium carbonate (MgCO3).

Chalk keeps your grip strong by putting a stop to sweaty palms. Grip strength is a must for all pulling lifts like deadlift, pull-ups, rows, etc.

While lifting chalk is most often found in the form of white powder, it can also be bought in the form of blocks, balls and cakes.

It’s easy to use – just coat your hands with some powder and you’re ready to go.

Remember, lifting chalk is magnesium carbonate. Don’t use these 3 things as lifting chalk, they’re not the same thing:

  • teachers chalk – that’s calcium sulphate, meant for drawing on a blackboard and not for lifting weights.
  • talc – that’s hydrated magnesium silicate and it’s used as dry lubricant (exactly the opposite of lifting chalk).
  • baby powder – that’s talc mixed with some corn starch, a no-no.

The Problem With Weightlifting Chalk

It’s messy.

That’s why most gyms owners don’t let you use it. Dirty gyms = less clients.

While lifting straps and hooks can be used to boost your grip strength, they fail to work your grip muscles.

Question is how can you use weightlifting chalk in the gym without making a mess in the process?

The “Sneaky” Trick

Use liquid chalk.

Liquid chalk is magnesium carbonate mixed with alcohol and some thickener.

Awesome grip strength but without the mess.

Apply a few drops of liquid chalk to your hands at the start and you’ll have sweat-free palms for the rest of the workout.

Make sure that the liquid chalk you buy has magnesium carbonate. Don’t buy fake liquid chalk – note the main ingredient being Aluminum Chlorohydrate and not Magnesium Carbonate. Always get the real liquid chalk, the fake stuff just won’t cut it.

I buy my liquid chalk over at MyProtein. It’s cheap, clean, lasts for ages and works just as well as the powdered weightlifting chalk.

You need to get this, it’s a no-brainer.

Do you have any questions regarding weightlifting chalk? Used liquid chalk before – if so how did it work out for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Completely agree with not buying real chalk. These are glue like and horrible ! I do like the product from myProtein but if you want something a little cheaper and smaller you should check out sharkGrip which can be found here http://www.liquid-chalk.org



Nice find.


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