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Is Using Chalk Beneficial


I like to train heavy, but I really see only competitive lifters using chalk. Can it benefit me as a bodybuilder? And, if so, on which lifts?

Chalk has the same basic advantage as straps: A better grip. Serious powerlifters use it all the time, but it does not offer the same benefit as the straps – it does not “lighten the load” in the same way, but it does make your grip less of a limiting factor. The difference is that the chalk’s main function is to simple to keep your hands dry. If you have ever had a serious deadlifting day, you know you can work up a mean sweat and the last thing you want is the barbell slipping from your hands at a crucial part of the lift. This can result in injury. If you are at a gym that allows chalk, use it. If not, then straps may be a better alternative. Best alternative? Wipe your hands dry and pull the weight raw.


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Increasing Weight Lifted and Stuggling With Chest Growth?


My chest growth has stalled. I’m puzzled because I always add weight from workout to workout. Isn’t consistently adding weight the key to new size?

Gains in size usually accompany gains in strength, but not always. You have to consider the amount of stress placed on the muscle. Powerlifters are incredibly strong, but they do not have the muscle size of a bodybuilder. This is because a powerlifter’s goal is to move weight from point A to B, while a bodybuilder’s goal should be to place a significant amount of stress on the muscle to make it grow in size. Perhaps the problem is not how much weight your lift, but how you lift it. Are you really connecting your mind to the muscle and feeling it through a range of motion? The difficulty could also be a matter of volume or stagnation in your current exercise selection. Sometime changing the tempo of the reps, the angle of the exercises, or the overall volume of the workout can aid growth better than simply moving more weight.