How To Chalk Your Kettlebell Like A Pro

Most of the top kettlebell sport lifters are very chalk happy - and for good reason. We explain why here. Once you reach professional level weights, chalk becomes a greater necessity. The stress on your hands and grip is amplified and a quality chalk job is a lifter’s best friend.  

What makes for a good chalk job?  Preferences vary according to: type of lift (i.e. long cycle or snatch), amount of weight, and lifting conditions (i.e. humidity). We have found that most advanced lifters (especially snatchers) prefer a smooth, thick, even layer of chalk on their kettlebell.  Like so...  

Professional kettlebell lifter

 So, how do you get your kettlebell to hold its chalk?

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 strip of fine to medium grit sandpaper
  • 1 cheap, aluminum cooking tray (used for sanding)
  • 1 large rubber container (used for chalking)
  • Lots of friction

Chalking kettlebells

Now you're ready to get started!

    Step 1:  Place your kettlebell in the aluminum tray so you don’t contaminate it with who knows what.

    Step 2:  Use the sandpaper to knock down any glossy coating or imperfections on your new kettlebell. Older kettlebells accumulate rust and/or remnants of the previous lifter’s set. Make sure the handle is smooth, clean and ready to receive chalk.

    Step 3:  Transfer your freshly scrubbed kettlebell into the large chalking container. This will keep it clean and avoid pissing off gym management.  Also, as much as we love to see our chalk get used excessively, it does you no good on the floor.  Save the excess and reuse it - for the love of chalk!

    Step 4:  Take the outside of your palm to the bell handle and create some friction. The warmer the bell handle, the easier the chalk will stick. If it's humid, the chalk will stick better. If it's cold, set it next to a heater.

    Step 5:  Start applying the chalk. Continue to use the base of your palm to rub the chalk in short, quick strokes until it sticks, layer by layer.  It will take several passes to build up the layers, but when you are finished you should end up with a smooth, soft finish.

    Note: Some lifters use water and spray the handle to get the chalk to stick. If done improperly, this can cause the chalk to become bumpy and feel rough. Unless you are very experienced with this method, we don’t recommend it. If it works for you, awesome! 

    Here’s a great video from VIKN Performance athlete, professional lifter and Master of Sport, KB Fit Britt on “The Secret To Chalking A Kettlebell”. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to have her chalk one of your competition bells, you know she is a chalking pro.

     It does take some time to build up a nice smooth coat of chalk.  Just like with lifting, you have to practice to become more efficient at it. Be patient and diligent. It is well worth it.

    No matter how good your chalking skills are, if you don’t have the right chalk, you will have trouble getting the results you want. As kettlebell sport lifters ourselves, we take great pride in producing chalk that feels good and is easy to use. VIKN Performance chalk will stick to your kettlebells and is never gritty, clumpy or slick. We know from experience that, before a 10 minute set, the last thing you want to worry about is your chalk.

    Competition chalk

    You can trust VIKN Performance to provide you with chalk that you can consistently count on. We are confident you will get the results you want, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Try it yourself for free! Just pay shipping and handling and we’ll send you a 100g bag today.

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