Fitness Catch-All

Top_Shelf wrote:

$340 for 215lbs is a crazy good deal in Covid Times. Nicely done.

Indeed. That sounds like a great setup staygold!

Hey gang, I'm looking for a mess-free chalk to use for kettlebell workouts. My office space is also my workout space, so I don't want to be liberally spreading chalk dust around for my PC fans to ingest.

I used to have a chalk-ball, and that was a pretty good solution, but it's years old and needs replacing.

Anyone got an improvement on that to recommend?

EDIT - I've never tried a liquid chalk, but maybe that's my answer?

If you're doing kettlebells, why not a glove?

Top_Shelf wrote:

If you're doing kettlebells, why not a glove?

Same reason not to use gloves with a barbell - weakens your grip. That's the opposite effect I'm after, and is MORE likely to launch a kettlebell across the room.

Not to mention, that if they DID make it easier to grip, that would be training your grip LESS, which defeats the object of training in the first place.

Not exactly an answer to your question but - I use powder coated kettlebells. They are just rough enough to help with grip without causing dermal trauma. Never felt the need to use gloves or chalk.

Heretk wrote:

Not exactly an answer to your question but - I use powder coated kettlebells. They are just rough enough to help with grip without causing dermal trauma. Never felt the need to use gloves or chalk.

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

I think liquid chalk might be what you’re looking for.

Jonman wrote:

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

Clearly the answer is that you need to dip your hands up to the wrists in industrial strength adhesive, and then dip them in a bucket of mid-grit sand. You could also dip your arms up to the elbows if you want to ensure your planks are super stable, and the bottoms of your feet for a surprise advantage during the next village egg-and-spoon race.

Coldstream wrote:
Jonman wrote:

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

Clearly the answer is that you need to dip your hands up to the wrists in industrial strength adhesive, and then dip them in a bucket of mid-grit sand. You could also dip your arms up to the elbows if you want to ensure your planks are super stable, and the bottoms of your feet for a surprise advantage during the next village egg-and-spoon race.

Fyi if anyone is looking for a solid workout app Freeletics is pretty great. I still recommend fitness blender on youtube too. Trying to keep my progress going.

Looking back to the start of 2021, I'm now consistently jogging 5ks for my thrice weekly exercise. Getting there required being a lot less competitive with my younger self and setting realistic goals for a 55 year old. Now it's a matter of balancing a meaningful level of exercise and not over-exercising. With a one in three likelihood of developing psoriatic arthritis, I'm occasionally concerned about developing crippling knee pain, but so far jogging is the exercise I find least boring and the only one I have found I can make a part of a regular schedule.