Tuesday class times: 530am, 430pm, 530pm, 630pm
Strength: Deadlift 3-3-3
WOD: For time:
Deadlift @ 225/155
Box Jump 24/20
So it's that time. Time for the chalk talk. First of all, many of you might not know what exactly the chalk is for and how to use it. So basics first!
1. First and foremost: chalk is for drying your hands from moisture(sweat). This allows a better grip on barbells and pull-up bars. That's it. I agree, it looks cool to chalk up and get some but please within reason.
2. Less is More: a light, thin coating will do. Caking chalk on your hands may lead to the ultimate death grip on the bar, literally gluing you to it. But, it is a sure recipe for hand rips. Too much chalk=ripped hands. Ripped hands=less time for training.
3. Don’t Use Chalk Just to Use It: I kid you not, I've seen folks chalk up for for a run. The point is,
do not use chalk if you do not need it. Do not use chalk as an excuse to rest. Our minds will find any excuse to find a rest period, don't let it! I challenge you to finish those sets without heading to the chalk bucket every time you come off the bar. Watch your WOD times decrease!
4. Keep the Chalk in the Bucket: Chalk is a pain in the butt to clean up. It doesn’t vacuum well and it’s somewhat resistant to mopping. Please keep the hand chalk in the bucket. Doing the Lebron James baby powder move mid workout may look awesome, but it leaves a mess. We all like a clean gym, and it's easier to keep on top of the cleaning if I'm not vacuuming everyday.
5. Use Other Means of Hand Drying: I get it, you have sweaty palm syndrome, or soft hands or hard hands or small hands or big hands so you must have chalk or you’ll never finish the WOD under the time cap, right? Chalk is not the only way to dry hands during a WOD. Bring a towel and dry the sweat off before the first set. Rub your hands on your shorts or the floor (where there now seems to be a permanent layer of chalk) to dry them off.
6. Preventing Hand Rips: The first way to prevent hand rips is to minimize the use of tape and chalk. The second way to prevent ripping is to take care of your hands. Using a file or pumice stone to smooth out those calluses can go a long way. The larger the callus is, the more likely it will catch on a bar and rip open. The third way to prevent rips is to hold the properly, mainly the pullup bar. The harder you grip and the deeper you grip, the more friction you create. Try gripping the bar where the main pressure point on the hand is where the fingers meet the palm. Rips happening really low on the palm means your grip is too deep. When it comes down to it, some people just may be more prone to rips than others. But keep your chin up, use less chalk, take care of
your hands, and try to loosen that grip on your bar!
Ok, enough of that! With all that said, most of you have great chalk etiquette. Just a friendly reminder, and some good info. So dip into that bucket when you need to, and come rock some deadlifts today!