GAME CHANGING GRIP: Don’t limit yourself because of bad grip. Overcome grip problems caused by sweat, rain, humidity, and oils or sunscreen. Our high purity Magnesium Carbonate makes a single application last longer, giving you the grip you need to stay in the zone.
SKIN FRIENDLY GRIP: Made in Colorado, USA with the highest purity pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. Non-toxic, silica-free chalk that is safe for all skin types. Healthy Skin = Better Performance.
PEAK PERFORMANCE: A bit of moisture can be the difference between success and failure. Our high purity chalk lasts longer so you can keep pushing to that next hold instead of stopping to chalk up. Perfect for indoor & outdoor use.
TRUSTED BY THE BEST: Friction Labs is the only chalk endorsed by champions in multiple sports like rock climbing, tennis & powerlifting. Our chalk provides the long lasting moisture absorption you need to keep performing your best.
COMPLETE THE REGIMEN: Looking for maximum grip and performance? Learn from the pros: Activate your grip with Secret Stuff Liquid Chalk base layer before you climb or lift. Then add loose chalk to refresh your grip when pushing hard.
Review: Black Diamond chalk is easy to use and stays put. Just apply and let dry and you are ready to lift.
Liquid chalk does not have to be applied as often as the loose stuff, and is way less messy. This liquid chalk is a little more fluid as opposed to creamy in texture, than others, which IMO makes it easier and to apply and has better coverage.
150 ml container.
Sticks really well and offers excellent grip.
More expensive and much less product than most others.
Best liquid chalk for weightlifting if you like a more liquefied style liquid chalk.
Spider Chalk Mega Blocks
Review: Spider Chalk in the block style offers three big 5.5 oz blocks in one pack. I love that it is made in the USA and is pure Magnesium Carbonate with no funny stuff.
These large blocks will not easily crumble which is another reason I like them so much. If you own a gym, try these out!
Large block size.
Pure Magnesium Carbonate.
A little more expensive than other block style chalks.
Get grip like Spiderman with these large chalk blocks that are the best gym chalk in block style.
🧗🏼LIQUID CHALK - Portable with less mess than block chalk and much less waste. Ideal for gyms who do not allow block chalk or for a home gym where you do not want a mess.
✅EASY TO APPLY - Quick dry and sweat resistant formula. Perfect for weightlifting and obstacle courses.
DEADLIFT LIKE a BEAST - No more slipping off the barbell when you are knocking out heavy deadlifts.
🏋🏽GET A GRIP - Significantly improves grip ability for Pull-Ups, Deadlifts, Kettlebells, Rock Climbing, Gymnastics and many other sports activities. Customers claim that they can increase Deadlifts by up to 20% with the additional grip.
🕘LONG-LASTING - This chalk can last through an entire weightlifting workout without the need to re-apply, unlike traditional block chalk. When the chalk dries, it sticks better to your hands and creates a long-lasting base layer.
Review: SPRI offers great gym chalk in blocks at a great price. You can order single blocks, which I appreciate because blocks last a LONG time and some folks don’t want to store a bunch of blocks around their house for years.
These blocks are pure, soft Magnesium Carbonate that crumbles easily into smaller, easier to use pieces and offers good grip.
QUICK, CONFIDENT GRIP: If you’re unsure of your grip, you hold back, make mistakes and don’t perform at your best. Whether it’s from sweat, moisture, humidity, or oils, Secret Stuff gives power and control to any athlete who needs dependable hands.
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: No matter the climate or skin type, Secret Stuff is here for you. Original is great for humid climates. Alcohol-free is designed for climate-controlled gyms and/or sensitive skin. Hygienic delivers extra grip while killing germs.
NO MESS = GYM FRIENDLY: While many liquid chalks can reduce dust, Friction Labs is the only company with 2 liquid hand chalk formulas (Alcohol Free and Hygienic) that don’t leave ANY marks on clothes or equipment, and wash off hands in seconds.
TRUSTED BY THE BEST: Friction Labs is the only chalk endorsed by champions in multiple sports like rock climbing, tennis & powerlifting. Secret Stuff is the only liquid chalk for grip made in USA with the highest quality magnesium carbonate chalk.
COMPLETE THE REGIMEN: Our liquid gym chalk is the perfect foundational layer to quickly activate your grip. If you’re really pushing it and need even more drying power, refresh your grip with Friction Labs loose chalk or chalk ball.
Review: FrictionLabs Secret Stuff chalk cream is the business! It stays on after one application and lasts the entire workout.
It is made with three simple ingredients and no funky stuff. Best of all it gives you great grip without the mess!
Offers excellent grip.
Leaves minimal residue and makes no mess.
Made with 3 simple ingredients.
Lasts the entire workout without reapplication.
At about 100 applications per bottle, it’s not the most economical choice.
Pure simple, effective and mess free liquid gym chalk.
Different Presentation Styles of Lifting Chalk
When it comes to gym chalk, presentation is probably the biggest difference between brands.
There are three basic styles of gym chalk, each with their own pros and cons.
Liquid or Cream
Stealth mode – if your gym frowns on chalk use liquid chalk. Once it dries, it does not leave much residue and never leaves the powdery mess that loose chalk will.
Cleaner – keep your home gym neat and tidy by using liquid or cream chalk. No more floofy mess.
Liquid chalk stays on your hands longer – often one application is enough for the entire workout. This saves time and offsets the cost a bit too.
Can dry out hands – most liquid chalks contain quick-drying alcohol, which can dry out natural oils and leave you more vulnerable to chafing and even tears.
Usually, containers are smaller – making the price per application higher.
Powder is really inexpensive – usually, powder is just pure Magnesium Carbonate.
Powder can be refined to be really fine, which may allow it to cover your hands better than block style.
Powder can be used with a sock, which makes it much easier to apply, store and carry with you.
Powder is easier to apply than block chalk, and no need to allow it to dry like liquid chalk.
Powder chalk usually contains no added ingredients that are harsh for your skin, and it is certainly alcohol free-unlike liquid chalk.
Powder is the messiest style of chalk – usually, powder is the style that commercial gyms ban, due to the mess it can make.
Powder is challenging to store and carry – imagine your lifting chalk powder opening up in your gym bag, or someone knocking over the powder bucket and you get the idea. Powder gym chalk is like an unwanted gym fairy dusting all your belongings with magical gym dust. Annoying!
Way less messy than powder – a block can not puff up into a cloud like powder.
Lasts a long time, does not overcoat your hands.
Can be carried as smaller pieces – just shove a small piece of the block in a Ziploc bag and you are ready to go.
Tends to crumble or break – even if you don’t want it to break.
The most challenging to apply – of all three styles, this style is the most challenging to apply because you have to rub the block on your hands and it does not coat as readily as powder or liquid.
And the Winner is?
TBH block style is my least favorite because it’s a PITA to apply and I feel like it does not coat well especially of the block is too hard.
Powder is my favorite, despite the mess. Powder coats really well, provided it is refined to be fine and fluffy.
I like the idea of liquid chalk, and it may be great for less sensitive athletes, but I find the alcohol too drying. But I have dry skin anyways, so it’s just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt.
Find what works for you, all three styles have their fans, and there is one that will be your favorite too.
Gym Chalk FAQs
What is Gym Chalk For?
Gym chalk is used to keep your hands dry and improve your grip without the use of weightlifting straps or grips.
If you find your grip failing, try a gym chalk before you move onto weight lifting straps and you might find that chalk is all you need.
Generally, most folks use chalk on their palms and fingers, the part of the hand that comes into contact with the barbell. But, I do know a few guys who put a little chalk where the bar meets their back to help keep the barbell in place while they squat.
Gym chalk is used in several sports. Weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, climbing, bouldering, CrossFit and any sport where good grip is important.
If you are struggling with your grip and want a way to increase your lifting weight but your grip is the limiting factor, consider hand grips. I reviewed several CrossFit hand grips here. These can be used for all style of lifting too.
Benefits of Weightlifting Chalk?
Lifting Chalk Improves Your Grip
An improved grip means you may be able to lift heavier, and push through PRs. Gym chalk also helps keep the bar from spinning in your hand, which allows you to maintain good form and prevent injuries.
Keeps Your Hands Dry
When you lift, your sweat. No surprise there.
Sweat can cause the bar to spin, or even cause you to lose your grip. Both of these situations can be unsafe. Lifting chalk is made from Magnesium Carbonate, which readily absorbs moisture and keeps your palms and the bar dry.
What is Weightlifting Chalk Made Of?
The main, and sometimes only, the ingredient in lifting chalk is Magnesium Carbonate.
Before you say that makes all gym chalk the same, hear me out!
Magnesium Carbonate is made in different grades and textures. Some are chunky and grainy (not good), while other brands use a finely milled magnesium that has a smooth, fine texture that readily coats.
Now let’s talk extras…
As I said earlier, liquid chalk is usually a combo of Magnesium Carbonate, alcohol of some sort and fragrance.
Some brands use extra ingredients.
The problem is I cannot tell you what those extra ingredients are because these sneaky gym chalk companies love to keep their secret sauce secret.
So they do not list all the ingredients on the package. But these extra ingredients usually work to keep the chalk in place, add antimicrobial properties, enhance drying ability and to make the texture better.
Why do Bodybuilders Use Chalk?
Bodybuilders use chalk for the same reason other athletes use gym chalk. Gym chalk keeps their hands dry and adds grip, allowing them to lift heavy weights without the bar slipping or their grip failing.
Are you worried about your grip failing? I urge you to try gym chalk and work on improving your grip.
By utilizing hand grip strengtheners. The other day I collected a list of the best hand grip strengtheners you can use to strengthen your grip. Check it out!
Does Chalk Help Weightlifting?
Lifting chalk will keep your hands dry during the lift. This prevents the bar from spinning in your palm and allows you to get a better grip on the bar.
Why is Chalk Good for Grip?
Gym chalk is made from Magnesium Carbonate. Magnesium Carbonate is hygroscopic.
Hygroscopic means it attracts or absorbs water, in our case, sweat from your palms, and helps your palms stay dry, improving your grip.
Also, Magnesium Carbonate is not soluble in water which means it will not dissolve and become useless when you sweat. It holds its own.
How to Use Weightlifting Chalk?
Applying lifting chalk is pretty easy.
Just dust or wipe or squirt some chalk on the parts of your palm that touch the barbell.
If you use powder or block form, dust your hands off a bit over the container, to avoid a mess.
Then keep your hands closed until you approach the bar for your lift. That’s it.
Thanks for reading and I hope this info helps you choose the best gym chalk for you.
While I have your attention, have you considered using lifting straps to improve your grip strength or allow you to lift heavier? I gathered together the best lifting straps here. Take a look!
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