Chalk Innovation

Gym Chalk VS Hand Grips

March 09, 2017 Spider Chalk

Are hand grips better than weightlifting chalk or is gym chalk better than hand grips? Instead of saying one is better than the other first let's talk about what you should know before you buy either. Hand Grips History Hand grips were designed for gymnasts who do big swinging movements on rings, parallel or uneven bars. They were never designed for athletes doing pullups or other simple movements. But with the explosion of CrossFit and other functional fitness movements like muscle ups and high-rep pullups, hand grips started popping up all over touting their ability to help grip and avoid...

What Makes Good Chalk?

January 05, 2017 Spider Chalk

Chalk Junkies are people who spend several hours a week with chalk. Whether it's rock climbing, gymnastics or weight lifting, those of us who rely on chalk for grip have a special relationship with the white powder. That deeply intimate relationship with magnesium carbonate has given us a unique ability to feel the difference between good chalk and bad chalk. What to look for in your chalk: Price. $25.00 for 10oz of chalk? I hope it cures the flu. 5lbs of chalk in a bucket for $100? I hope that bucket also does your laundry. Let's be reasonable here, great chalk is...

Why Make Block Chalk?

October 18, 2016 Spider Chalk

In February of 2016, we started researching manufacturing block chalk at our facility in Atlanta, GA. The response was very negative. This is what we heard: "Why would you make chalk when you can buy it from China?" "You can't compete with the prices of the overseas chalk companies!" "No one in the world makes chalk outside China and Taiwan, so what are you thinking?" "It's a HUGE waste of time, just buy their chalk and private label it like everyone else!" We we're blown away with the lack of enthusiasm. Does no one care about making better products? Does no one...

Why No Colored Sports Chalk?

May 09, 2016 Spider Chalk

Seems the new trend is colored and scented chalk. We get emails asking if we have any new flavors, colors, or scents planned and the answer is always the same. So I guess we should explain why Spider Chalk sticks (pun intended) to regular ol' white chalk. Dirty, Nasty, Sexy Performance The main reason we don't have colors, flavors, or scent variations of our products is because coloring chalk doesn't increase performance.-You don't buy chalk to match your outfit, do you? No.-Does red, yellow or green chalk help you get more reps in a workout? No.-Will mint scented chalk last longer...

Is Chalk Important?

April 26, 2016 Spider Chalk

Most athletes will spend $120 on a pair of shoes then go buy $1 chalk. That makes no sense at all! Anyone who has climbed an intense route, grabbed a heavy barbell, or had sweaty hands during competition knows that the seemingly trivial concept of grip matters ALOT. But what's really in your chalk?