Powdery White Substance

Powdery White Substance

Chris Welch| blog| June 7, 2017| 0 Comments

It has come to my attention recently that many people from 5+ suffer from a very dangerous and contagious disease. It is commonly known as “O.C.U.S.” (Over Chalk Usage Syndrome). This is a serious problem that instead of ignoring, I felt might be worth bringing to the forefront of our attention in hopes of helping others avoid contracting the dangerous disease. If you have already contracted it…DON’T STOP READING…THERE IS HOPE!

Talk to many of our law enforcement officials, substance abuse is no laughing matter, it’s a serious problem. Interventions are hard for all parties, however at the end, there is a better life. You may have a wide variety of feelings toward me due to my intervening (anger and resentment, among others) but believe me, this is for everyone’s good.

To be clear, there are a few things in CrossFit that you can never get enough of:

  1. Sleep
  2. Water
  3. Burpees
  4. Bacon
  5. The Chainsmokers

As you can clearly tell…chalk is not on the above list.

Though chalk is not an expensive piece of equipment at 5+, it is remarkable how quickly we run out. It really is not that surprising given how people go about using the white powdery goodness. In any given training session, you can find people using the chalk in a number of different ways including:

  • chalking their hands
  • chalking the bar
  • chalking their chest
  • chalking their gloves
  • chalking the floor around their bar
  • chalking their neck and face
  • chalking their friends
  • group chalking
  • chalking for long runs and rows
  • chalking as a reason to stop and rest
  • chalking Lebron style, to address humidity perhaps
  • chalking their mouth to help with excessive drooling

Ok, I made that last one up but my point should be clear (or pasty in this case) – chalking has become excessive and is no longer being used for recreational purposes. The purpose of chalk is to act as a drying agent by absorbing your sweat. Due to this drying agent, chalk can actually increase your callous build up and be a contributing factor to your continued hand ripping. So you might try to wean yourself away from the magic powder by using wrist bands and/or headbands. Wearing bands will not only make a courageous fashion statement, it will also stop the sweat from running in your eyes or dripping from your arms to your hands.

When you absolutely need chalk…keep it in the bucket! Upon chalking, place your hands in the chalk bucket, chalking your hands, and dusting off the excess while your hands are still INSIDE the bucket. This will help eliminate waste and the crazy white mess around the gym. If you find that you are at a critical point in the workout and that chalking is essential for you to achieve your next pull-up or kettlebell swing, please take the three seconds to walk over to bucket and chalk up properly. Please do not take chalk out of the bucket and place it next to you on the floor, to be stepped on or smashed.

By implementing these simple suggestions, hopefully we can get this substance issue under control. It is ok to use the chalk, let’s just make sure we use it properly and for its intended purposes.

I hope you enjoyed this read as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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In Health,


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