Can you grab me that chalk bucket over there?
It’s June and you’re 13 minutes into “Cindy.” There’s sweat pouring off you, you’re struggling to remember what round it is, and there was just an instant when your life flashed before your eyes on pull-up number 4. We’ve all been there. So you do what any self preserving crossfitter would do: Reach for some chalk.
Not a little bit, but a whooooooole lot.
Chalk is Crossfit Hoboken’s version of crude oil. You guys use it for everything.
“I’m losing my grip and I feel sweaty.” Chalk.
“I can’t count.” Grab some chalk.
“My back hurts.” Chalk it up.
“My dog ran away.” Take this bucket of chalk and start drawing pictures of your dog all over town. Maybe next time you’ll chalk him before he runs away so you can follow a trail.
Though like so many other natural resources..if you abuse it, you lose it. We don’t want to see anyone do a half gainer off a pull-up bar. That could be dangerous(read: awesome). But what we hate doing even more than dragging people to the hospital is cleaning up chalk.
Here’s an excellent video by Crossfit 718 about proper chalk etiquette
While we don’t require you to pull out a mop and dust buster after every workout, we would appreciate if you guys adhered to some simple guidelines for using chalk here on out:
-Look at each workout and really decide if you need any chalk at all. Because you might not.
- Try to isolate the area that you cover in chalk. This means no running around with a fist full of powder to slather on your bar, rings, friends, dog, and entire body.
- Chalk nuggets are to be left in the bucket. Have you ever found a $20 bill on the street? It’s the complete opposite feeling having to pick up every single piece of chalk that people leave behind in workouts. There are plenty of buckets to be SHARED by everyone in class.
- If you ended up putting an excessive amount of chalk on your work area then attempt to clean off some of it. We have disinfectant and paper towels everywhere in the gym.