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    Chalk

    I don't have any chalk, nor does my gym. Deadlifts are getting to the point where the hand that has an overhand grip has a hard time getting through a 5x5 set, so I was thinking chalk might help. I sweat like a whore in church, and it gets to my hands quickly making it hard to grip.

    Are there any specific brands, etc., or is chalk just chalk?

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    Magnesium Carbonate, if it is made out of that then you are good, and most everything I have seen is.

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    Chalk is chalk. Get some. It will change your life.

    Get the powdered stuff rather than in blocks. It lasts longer IMO. Even better again are the little permeable sacks of chalk that climbing stores sell. Very little waste and less mess just incase the gym isnt too keen.
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    I prefer the blocks haha, just keep it a lunch box and you'll have powdered stuff in no time

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    I use blocks and store 'em in a big tupperware type tub. Crush up the blocks and you have a nice powder! The tub makes a nice chalk bowl you can keep covered and transport. Helps keep the mess down too.

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    Type in something like "powerlifting chalk" into google, and you will find exactly what you are looking for.
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    i bought mine at a EMS. they have it in the rock climbing section. there's a sock ball for about 4.99$ and a bar of chalk next to it for 1.49$.

    1.) Go to EMS buy the above.

    2.) combine in a ziplock bag.

    3.) shake shake shake.
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    I bought this:

    http://www.amazon.com/GSC-Gym-Chalk/...0863241&sr=8-7


    That was many months ago, and I'm still nowhere near done with the first block. I have about 1/4 left in block form and a ton of powder from me smashing the rest when I get bored (it's fun).

    So probably almost a year in I still have 7.5 blocks out of 8. The stuff lasts forever.
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    awesome thx guys

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    FYI Zen, I just used chalk for the first time on my deads on Monday, and went from struggling with 1x5 @ 315 to a much more comfortable 1x5 @ 335.

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    Still haven't bought chalk, but deadlifts today ripped a callous and then some off my right hand (bled and pus for the rest of the workout with a nice skin flap that I kept putting hand sanitizer on after each exercise and spraying what I touched).

    Does chalk help prevent this? Didn't hurt but it sucks to leave a little blood and pus everywhere.

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    Bison Chalk

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    Cool... does chalk help prevent tearing off of callouses though?

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    How come it was pussing? Had it been cracked and infected?

    Try filing them down with a callous stone beforehand.
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    Maybe the pus was not "pus" per se but just some bodily fluid. It wasn't blood, just clear. It was not cracked nor infected - just some of the non-calloused skin tore off with the callous and that is where the fluid was from.
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