In a world where lifters are looking for maximum gains, it is hard to get grip on the bar when the weight increases. A solution to this problem has been using lifting chalk to take the moisture off your hands and increase grip on the bar. However, most major gyms have banned lifting chalk to cut down on dust and to minimize the cleaning needed to be done.
But have no fear, whenever a new law is put in place loopholes to the law appears. Since a gym's problem with chalk comes from the spare chalk that falls to the floor, liquid chalk comes to save the day. Since you rub a wet substance between your hands that dries, little to no chalk comes off your hands. It creates no mess and is more than likely allowed at a gym that bans chalk.
Step 1: Gathering Supplies
The materials to make liquid lifting chalk are as follows:
- Mixing Vessel
- Mixing Utensil
- Lifting Chalk (either block or powder)
- Isopropyl Alchohol (higher the percentage the better. I used 91%)
- Air tight containers for storage
Step 2: Mix It All Together
Begin by pouring the ISO into the container you are going to store it in so you know how much you have to use. I had a 32 oz container and a 32 oz bottle of ISO so it filled it all the way. Dump the ISO into the mixing container and begin to add the chalk. Stir as you are adding chalk to ensure it mixes properly.
Keep adding chalk until the consistency is that of watered down sour cream. Really, make it however thick you want. The thicker you make it the heavier the coating will be. I prefer mine thinner so it comes out of the bottles easier.
Step 3: Transfer to Storage Containers
This part is easy, simply pour from your mixing container to where you want to store the liquid chalk. Just make sure they are air tight so the ISO does not evaporate.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Pour out a nickel sized amount of liquid and rub between your hands. Wave your hands back and forth to aid the drying process. When it dries, you will have a nice coating of chalk on your hands.