I was doing deads today and the bar felt a bit slick, and I can tell it'll be an issue as I add more weight. What are my other options? Gloves? I know a lot of people here aren't big fans, but any input would be appreciated.
Sneak it and clean up after yourself.
It was mark rippetoe who said if your gym doesn't allow chalk, find a new gym
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That's a rule I simply ignore at a lot of gyms. As long as you don't make a mess they usually don't care....
Yes, either a.) talk to the gym owner, and tell him/her that you will clean up after yourself, or b.) just use it anyway, and clean up after yourself.
The key is keeping your area clean, so it doesn't become a problem. a
At my gym, I put this board underneath the bar while I'm putting chalk on it, so none falls on the floor. I then do my deadlifts....then I go wash all the chalk off my hands in the bathroom....then I spray down the bar with a bottle of sanitizer and a paper towel, to remove any chalk from the bar. It's as if I never even used chalk at all when I'm done!
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It's only ever been a problem on deadlifts for me so far, so cleaning up after one whole exercise wouldn't be much of a burden. I think I might try a mixed grip as well, since I've only been using overhand.
I know there are companies that sell non-messy chalk substitute (I think like a roll on deodorant form) you may want to do a search for. Alternately, they have chalkbags for mountain climbing that is non-messy. I have never used either. My gym is so chalk friendly that you can practically just put your hand on the ground to chalk up.
I agree with hide it and clean up after yourself. Most commercial gyms disallow the use of chalk. What they don't know won't hurt them.
Getting an Eco Ball is cleaner alternative.
And I'd consider straps, but I'm a beginning lifter, and compared to most people here, my deadlifts are laughable (i pulled 185 last night). I'd like to develop my grip strength before resorting to straps.
Most gyms don't allow it...
If I use it, I am either really discrete about it or I go to the bathroom and put it on my hands. No one has said a word to me in 3 years of using it.
I say give it a try and if no one finds out or cares then you are golden, if they do you will probably just get warned.