The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    dumb question: is hand chalk same as writing chalk?

    neither dick's nor champs had chalk, and my gym stopped supplying this. can i just use chalkboard chalk? any places that woudl carry hadn chalk besides mail order?

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    No, they are not the same.

    Gym chalk is aka climbing chalk, and is easily purchased at many outdoor stores (and online), such as REI, mountain gear, etc.

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    Some sporting goods stores will carry magnesium carbonate (the chalk you want). If you ask they may order it for you if they don't carry it regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Some sporting goods stores will carry magnesium carbonate (the chalk you want). If you ask they may order it for you if they don't carry it regularly.
    isn't that just burned up magnesium? watching Mg burn is a blinding experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha
    isn't that just burned up magnesium? watching Mg burn is a blinding experience.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_carbonate

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    They have these huge ass blocks of them at REI for 99 cents. I bought four of them like six months ago, and I haven't even gone through half of the first one yet. Granted, I thought I would be using a lot more chalk. I'd say I use it once a week or once every two weeks (maybe like 4 sets per week with the chalk).
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    what are the benifits besides you dont sweat
    does it help in any other way then not haveing sweaty hands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammerz4life
    what are the benifits besides you dont sweat
    does it help in any other way then not haveing sweaty hands?
    That pretty much covers it... Are you asking what the benefits of having dry hands/bar are? Less moisture = less slippage, less rippage, and less blistage....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammerz4life
    what are the benifits besides you dont sweat
    does it help in any other way then not haveing sweaty hands?
    Chalk improves your grip substantially, which is helpful if you're doing exercises like deadlifts or shrugs and your back/traps are stronger than your grip

    And classroom chalk helps as well, I've used that before when I didn't have access to the other kind of chalk

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    oh ok i knew it had to do with grip but the whole non bluster thing makes since. i use a towel for my barbell workouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammerz4life
    oh ok i knew it had to do with grip but the whole non bluster thing makes since. i use a towel for my barbell workouts.
    i think most people use it for only grip, not for blisters or anything. but who knows. i know most people i see using it, do so because it's a choice between that or wrist wraps when doing things like heavy shrugs or heavy deadlifts (which is the case for me)

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    Blisters are for real men :P

    I've got calluses so thick on my hands from shrugs and pullups a razor blade won't cut me.

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    Callouses are good. Blisters are not.

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