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Grip Tip: Gloves vs Chalk; Which One's Better?

Gym Gloves or Chalk? That is the question. 

gym gloves vs chalk

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of debate going on in the fitness industry. Whether it’s about nutrition, workouts, or gear, everyone always has something to say.

While it’s good to share opinions based on experience, we always have to keep in mind that what works for one person might not work for another. Should you use lifting straps or nah? Up to you!

Should you use gym gloves or a chalk ball? Still up to you! As for us, we believe in the use of both gym gloves and chalk ball because each have their own benefits when it comes to assisting a weightlifter’s grip.

Gym Gloves

Nordic Lifting Weightlifting Gloves

First of all, these actually look pretty badass when you wear them and that’s pretty much it! Just kidding! Gym Gloves offer a lot of other benefits as well. They support, protect, and make you comfortable when you’re lifting.

They decrease the development of callouses and blisters, as well as preventing abrasion on your palms since they’re no longer in direct contact with the knurling on barbells and dumbbells.

They’re also helpful during the cold season, when bars are extra cold to the touch. No doubt about it, wearing gloves make lifting much more comfortable compared to not wearing them.

gym gloves

Too add on those benefits, there are even gym gloves that offer wrist support, such as Nordic Lifting’s Weightlifting Gloves. There are 12-inch wrist wraps integrated on the gloves, basically making them gloves and wrist wraps in one! Talk about extra support.

Chalk Ball

pure magnesium chalk ball

The chalk ball works wonders for those with sweaty hands. It was made for one purpose: to absorb your sweat, giving you a better grip while lifting. That’s basically it. Using chalk doesn’t look as good as gloves, obviously, but a high quality chalk ball like Nordic Lifting’s should serve its purpose.

While both have many advantages, there also factors that set them apart. For instance, gloves may affect your grip strength and form. Depending on these would definitely make a difference, should you decide to stop using them eventually.

chalk ball gym

On the other hand, chalk is messy and not all gyms might allow them. It can get all over the place, but the good thing is, unlike gloves, it doesn’t compromise your grip strength or form at all. It’s just there and it does its job!

It’s really up to you how you want to combat slippage when lifting. Some believe in gloves and some do not. Some believe in chalk and some do not. Both offer grip support when lifting and you can’t go wrong with protecting yourself by using either one of them! Try them for yourself and see which works.


Elyza D.

Creative Writer