Stack plates on a barbell and pull from all angles. In most commercial gyms, however, you won’t find barbells designed with this purpose in mind. The way we see things, however, chalking up is essential for real progress in both strength and size. Here’s how to get a grip without set- ting off any messy alarms. Proceed with caution, though, because even though chalk can eliminate the need for lifting straps accelerating your grip and forearm development.