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Lately I’ve noticed an uptick in gyms who are no longer using regular old block chalk. Up until recently, I’d only ever really seen liquid chalk as an emergency backup in home gym. It had probably been in a cabinet for a few years and lost its potency, because it really didn’t work all that well.
When I dropped into Fitness , I discovered that they’d become a no-chalk gym…and the workout of the day was Angie. I have the sweaty palms of a 9th grader on prom night, so I wasn’t thrilled about having to bang out 100 pull-ups without my trusty block of magnesium carbonate. Furthermore, for anyone who has followed my writing, you probably know that I have this tactile perception hangup and am particularly picky about what I use on my hands.
Too bad,SUNRISE Liquid Chalk. Get used to it. You’re liquid chalk territory now!
The coach splurtted (Is that a word? It is now.) a blob of this science project-y goo on my hands, and I watched as it magically transformed from a liquid into a layer of actual chalk. This stuff clearly hadn’t been sitting in a cabinet for years because it actually did its job, at least through about 55 pull ups. At that point, I had to play a little fitness Frogger and get back to the front of the box for another round of liquid chalk. I didn’t love losing time to make the epic journey across the floor, mid-WOD, when my chalk is normally right there on the floor next to me, but my arms appreciated the rest.
The next day, we did a pretty great EMOM barbell complex with 2 power cleans, 1 squat clean, 1 front squat, and 1 power clean at ascending weight. I used one squirt at the start of the 6 minute long complex and another once the weight got heavy. I noticed that despite the fact that we were working out in the middle of the desert in the middle of summer, nobody else was making trips to the chalk bottle. These crazy people have actually gotten used to not relying on chalk. When they take a break in the middle of the WOD, they just walk around! They don’t chalk up out of cathartic habit! They don’t pretend that chalk makes them a better athlete!