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Cost Of Weightlifting Chalk? The Best Chalk For Your Money

March 27th 2019

How much does weightlifting chalk cost?

Weightlifting chalk is inexpensive, usually ranging from $4-11 USD. Lifters can save money by purchasing higher quantities of chalk for special discount deals. For example, a weightlifting chalk block costs $4 USD. If you purchase 8 bars, it will only cost you $16 USD. If you are purchasing liquid chalk, one 50mL bottle costs $11 USD. If you purchase 250mL worth of liquid chalk refill in addition to a 50mL bottle, that will only cost you $27 USD.

Best Cheap Weightlifting Chalk Blocks

SPRI Chalk Blocks

The SPRI Calk Blocks cost only $4 USD per 2oz block. If you purchase their special deal to get 8 bars, that will only come out to $2 per 2oz block, a major steal.

Personally, I have purchased 8 of these blocks myself. It’s been nearly 5 years since I made that purchase and I am only on my 2nd bar. I use chalk for my deadlifts and squats. I typically work out 3x a week. I would say I am conservative when using my chalk, so that could explain how come I used so little in all these years. I know of another lifter who used 3 blocks in about half a year.

SPRI Chalk Blocks


100% magnesium carbonate

Best Cheap Liquid Weightlifting Chalk

Fire Team Fit Liquid Chalk

The Fire Team Fit Liquid Chalk cost $11 USD per 50mL. If you purchase in higher quantities, such as a 250mL refill + the 50mL bottle, you can get all that for $27 USD.

Fire Team Fit Liquid Chalk


The main ingredient is magnesium carbonate. It has a smaller quantity of SD alcohol, which is a disinfectant, colophonium and hydroxypropyl cellulose. This liquid chalk acts both as magnesium carbonate and hand sanitizer.

Colophonium is added for increasing the liquid chalk’s gripping properties. SD alcohol is added to quickly evaporate the colophonium. Hydroxypropyl cellulose is used as a thicking and coating agent.

Why do people use chalk in the gym?

Chalk is used to help soak up moisture in our palms and fingers. As a result, this creates a stronger, securer and firmer grip.

Is there a difference in chalk quality for lifting weights?

As long as the only ingredient is magnesium carbonate, all chalks are equal in quality. For liquid chalks, quality can vary depending on the liquid chalk’s chemical composition, but it should contain mostly magnesium carbonate.

What makes the best weightlifting chalk?

Your weightlifting chalk should be made up of magnesium carbonate.

Science behind chalk

Magnesium carbonate (MgCO3) is the chemical name for “chalk”. It is an inorganic salt that has a white appearance. The most common form of magnesium carbonate is in its anhydrous form, which means that it contains no water. This is exactly why chalk works so well at absorbing all the water molecules on your palms and fingers. It WANTS to bind with water. This is also another reason why many manufacturers advise customers to properly store your chalk. Your chalk will gradually want to absorb water in the atmosphere, so keep your chalk in an enclosed container if possible.

How does chalk improve grip?

Chalk absorbs all the water molecules on your palms and fingers. The lack of moisture allows you to have more friction and grip.

What is the white powder weightlifters use?

Weightlifters use magnesium carbonate to improve their grip on the bar. Magnesium carbonate binds with water on their hands and fingers to help weightlifters increase friction with the bar.

Can you eat gym chalk? Is it safe to eat gym chalk?

Magnesium carbonate is non-toxic. It is not advised to eat gym chalk as it can cause symptoms of magnesium toxicity, such as nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, cardiac arrest, etc.

According to the safety square (NFPA 704), it is 1 in blue, which can lead to irritation and minor injuries.

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