Wonder why gymnasts use white powdered particles spreading almost all over the body? In fact, chalk can be seen all over their hands, legs, and feet. If you have no idea what kind of chalk they’re using and why they have to use it in the first place, keep on reading!
What is Chalk in Gymnastics Made of
A chalk that gymnasts use is not the kind of chalk you see in the classrooms. It is not even the one found in sidewalks or at the local craft stores. Gymnasts are using chalk made up of magnesium carbonate (MgCO3), a naturally occurring white mineral. This kind of chalk can be synthesized but it can generally be found by mining Magnesite.
Different Types of Chalk
Powder chalk can almost be found in every gymnast’s gym but this type of chalk can give trouble in breathing and that a lot of gyms don’t recommend using it. It can also give the messiest end unless you use chalk ball (powdered chalk but has been wrapped).
Solid or block chalk is formed like a bar soap. It turns into a powder once you applied it in your body parts and is making a lesser mess.
Liquid or Spray
Liquid or spray chalk can be the most decent type of gymnast’s chalk as you only have to spray or dump it like water. Generally, it provides a more solid result after you use it.
Why Gymnasts Use Chalk
Gymnasts use chalk, not for fun but to dry out any moisture their body may get when sweating. This is to prevent them from slipping every time they flip. Chalk can also help with friction when gymnasts perform their grips.
As the chalk absorbs moisture, it has been used in gymnastics to dry out sweaty hands, feet and other body parts especially during meets. Without chalk, gymnasts can’t perform very well!