I love chalk too, but I think training grip without chalk sometimes is good. My theory is that if I just use chalk for like, three rep sets or less, or maybe even just for one rep maxes, I won't have pansy hands. I don't know, I'm no expert.
I guess it can't hurt, as long as it is not having a negative influence of the deadlifts
Thanks for liking the quality of my training, Bronco! I'm hoping for some good advice on training my bench. That's the only lift that I feel like I'm not progressing in anymore. It's way too early to plateau so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I just tried using bands the other day, so we'll see how that goes. If you have any other advice, I'm all ears.
Hmm, I'm not sure about the bench. What kind of plan have you been following up until now?
My normal routine is as follows: First I do bench, then J & Presses, then dumbbell presses, then dips, then push-ups. That's it. I train bench in the 3-5 rep range, all the rest in about 8-12 rep range.
This weekend was the first time I tried using bands. So on Sunday I did bench for 5 rep sets, then lightened the load and did a few sets of four reps with bands, then dumbbell presses, dips, and push-ups like normal. I've been told negatives help a lot, but I can't always count on having a good spotter.