Hey folks, let’s talk about the chalk. Chalk is a wonderful thing! It helps to keep your grip from sliding all over the bar, whether that’s the barbell or the pull-up rig. Chalk doesn’t discriminate, it just makes you more awesome. Heck, it even gives you an excuse to take a break in the middle of a workout. (“What? I’m not resting, really! I’m just chalking up my hands!”)

But there is a seedy underbelly to the chalk. Take a look at this helpful video from CrossFit HQ. Do you recognize yourself?

Trust me when I say that you don’t want to be these people. Instead, keep the below list in mind when going about your workout.


  1. Use chalk on your hands.
  2. Keep the chalk in the bucket. Please don’t chalk up and then clap your hands spreading chalk dust all over.
  3. Don’t leave little bits all over the gym. If you take a larger piece of chalk out of the bucket to keep near your workstation, return that piece when your workout is done.
  4. DO NOT WRITE ON THE FLOOR WITH CHALK. If you need help counting your rounds, you may use the coins at the front of the room – that’s what they’re there for. If you’re not sure how to use them, ask a coach.
  5. If you get chalk on the floor, clean it up.

That’s it! Pretty simple, huh? If everyone can stay on track with this, we’ll all enjoy a much prettier gym. 🙂


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