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Why Chalk Your Kettlebell?

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 14, 2016 1:59:54 PM

Kettlebell Kings had been looking for a chalk solution for a long time because one of the questions we are most frequently asked by potential customers if if they will need chalk for their Kettlebell Kings bells. For a while, we packaged our own but decided we would much rather work with a trusted brand to provide chalk for lifters.

Enter Vikn Chalk, Vikn is chalk created for lifters by lifters. We have decided to carry Vikn Chalk which is run by some of the top Kettlebell Sport competitors in the country. The folks at Vikn Chalk have put together a pretty compelling post for us about why you should consider using chalk for your kettlebell lifts.

By Vikn Chalk, also found here:

You open up the box to your shiny, new kettlebell and ask yourself, “why would I want to cover this nice, smooth handle with a bunch of chalk?”

Answer: It’s all about friction, baby.

In Kettlebell Sport, efficiency is the name of the game. If the kettlebell handle is slippery, you have to squeeze it tighter to hold on, fatiguing your muscles faster. Once your grip goes, the kettlebell slips out of your hand, prematurely ending your set.

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Here is the gripping truth: A slick kettlebell will actually cause blisters!!!  Long sets make you sweat, and sweat makes your hands wet. Moisture is the enemy when there is friction. Wet skin is softer and more vulnerable, leaving the top layer much more susceptible to separating and filling with fluid. Ouch!

The solution: VIKN Performance Chalk

Magnesium Carbonate, AKA chalk, is the only substance approved for competition in most kettlebell organizations (sorry, no pine tar allowed). Luckily, the chalk will help keep your hands dry and the skin on your palms more resilient.  As you sweat, the chalk will rub off of your hands.  This is why the we recommend applying multiple layers of chalk directly to your kettlebell to achieve what some call, the “fur coat” look (as shown below).

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Topics: Kettlebell Chalk