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Old 09-21-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
Francis Palattao
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Baby powder instead of chalk

On initial search I'm getting some mixed results from using baby powder instead of chalk. They say the baby powder makes the bar slippery so dont use however some say it absorbs moisture which will help in grip right.

For home use is using baby powder okay?
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

In my experience baby powder makes things harder to hold on to. Plus when it absorbs liquid (like sweat) it can get pasty.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

Traditionaly baby powder is made from talc which is a lubricant. Due to health concerns some baby powders are made from corn starch which will absorb sweat. Either way you are better of with chalk.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

The use of talcum powder is strictly against the rules in Olympic weightlifting. This is because of its lubricating nature. Talcum powder is sometimes used on the thighs for deadlifts in powerlifting competitions, again because of its lubricating properties. This sometimes becomes problematic if the lifter spills talc on the lifting platform, making the platform slippery for the next competitor.
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

Chalk isn't expensive... a Bison chalk bag will last you a relatively long time and it is about $6. There are things you can skimp on and things you probably shouldn't. Actually I'm not sure what things to skimp on but chalk isn't one of them IMO.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:38 PM   #6
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

What about using vagisil? I heard it's better than foot powder. Really. I am not trying to be funny. This is what I heard.

but yeah chalk is the way to go.

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Old 09-22-2009, 09:56 AM   #7
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

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What about using vagisil? I heard it's better than foot powder. Really. I am not trying to be funny. This is what I heard.

but yeah chalk is the way to go.
I don't think that that is going to help you hold the bar
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:36 PM   #8
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

I think corn starch would work instead of chalk but it's not paleo...
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:04 PM   #9
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

No, it's not okay. Get some chalk. You can get 24 pounds for $80 from Frank Endo. Store it in a rubber bin in low humidity and it will last a lifetime.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:35 PM   #10
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Re: Baby powder instead of chalk

corn starch + moisture = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2XQ97XHjVw (wfs)
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