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    IF I can't use chalk

    I just moved into my dorm today, and I'll be visiting the school gym right down the road tomorrow. It's back day, and of course I didn't forget to bring my chalk from home. I'm a little worried though, as to wether they'll let me use it or not. I don't really see the big deal as long as I'm not a morn and make a huge mess, but if for some reason I can't use chalk, I'm not sure what I'll do. I definitley don't want to end up dropping deadlift and doing something else just because I can't grip it, but then again without chalk there's no way my grip will last doing sets close to 400 now.

    I know straps are just a poopoo crutch, but do I have any other alternative if I can't use chalk?

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    You really should use the search tool.

    That being said there are climbing bags that work. I believe they are little bags with some sort of resin/epoxy or light adhesive in/on them...not really sure. Look up rock climbing grip tools. Amazon.com had some real cheap.

    You also need to look up grip techniques, 400 ain't that much.

    I too, love me some chalk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nddillon View Post
    You also need to look up grip techniques, 400 ain't that much.
    I'm sorry I'm not as strong as you are. I never have a problem with grip when using chalk. However, I'm a very sweaty man, and without it the results are terrible.

    Thanks though guys, hopefully it won't be a problem, but if it is I'll have to look into one of those Eco-balls.
    Last edited by Invain; 08-30-2007 at 10:07 AM.
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    You're so weak invain. You should be ashamed of yourself!

    Talk to the manager. I use a chalk ball I picked up for 5 bucks at a rock climbing store. I keep it in a large zip-lock bag and wipe down all the bars when I'm done with them. If he still won't allow you to use chalk, than you can try the liquid chalk or just bring a towel and dry your hands before every set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    I'm sorry I'm not as strong as you are. I never have a problem with grip when using chalk. However, I'm a very sweaty man, and without it the results are terrible.

    Thanks though guys, hopefully it won't be a problem, but if it is I'll have to look into one of those Eco-balls.
    Sorry man, that's completely not how I meant for that to sound. Gripping isn't as easy as just grabbing the bar, there is a lot of technique.

    Somewhere on here or T-nation is a really good grip article that I cannot seem to find.

    I didn't mean to sound insulting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nddillon View Post
    Sorry man, that's completely not how I meant for that to sound. Gripping isn't as easy as just grabbing the bar, there is a lot of technique.

    Somewhere on here or T-nation is a really good grip article that I cannot seem to find.

    I didn't mean to sound insulting.

    You seem to miss his point. I was born with his same problem. My hand sweat just thinking about it lol.
    Seriously, 315 is pretty light but the bar will become very slippery with my moist hands, nothing to do with grip strength, some people are just born this way. Chalk does wonders for me.

    The Average person shouldn't have this problem and any slip of the bar would be due to grip strength but its different for people like me.Go in the Sauna for 20 minutes, right after try to deadlift, now that how it feels to be me everyday.

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    Metolius Eco-Ball.

    No residue = they can't complain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IZich View Post
    Metolius Eco-Ball.

    No residue = they can't complain.
    +1. It is teh roxzorz.

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    use it but bring a towel or some form of cleaning supplies with you in case u make a big mess.

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    you can buy liquid chalk which you spray onto your hands

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    Politely talk to the manager before hand.

    Tell him you will clean the bar after and deadlift over a towel to stop to much residue.

    A bit of water on a towel is all you need to get it off bars.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

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    Ya ever heard of gloves?

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    Ya, I heard of gloves, they make the bar harder to grip and your more likely to lose it.

    Chalk is magical.
    Last edited by Fuzzy; 08-30-2007 at 05:33 AM.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    ask nicely and tell them you will clean up any mess. Like they said put it in a bag or a tupperware container. It worked for me.

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    Yeah, I definitely planned on taking my chalk in a ziploc bag and having a towel with me too so I can wipe down the bar. The only lift I'll ever need chalk for is deadlift, so I don't see how it should be a big deal if I clean it up.
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    I also recommend the eco-ball. I ordered one a few weeks ago and it's great.
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    i would have to recommend the eco-ball as well. both my gym back home and my school's gym are pretty strict with not using chalk, but with the eco-ball there is almost zero mess, and just enough to keep my hands dry. although i don't have naturally sweaty palms, but for a couple bucks its worth a try.

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