The cost of Body Glide is too darn high!
Chafing, blisters and rashes are the nasty side of training. It’s not all pretty runs through tree-lined streets and rides up epic mountains with espresso stops like they show in the Rapha videos. It’s also constant rubbing and sweating which causes some pretty nasty stuff down under.
It hurts. And given the areas affected the demand to fix it is relatively high and inelastic.
To nobody’s surprise there are a million products designed to fix it! O thank you, here’s all my money. Just save my private bits, please!
Tons of companies have sprung up and appear to have set a price range of about 13 bucks a tube. The most ubiquitous of all, Body Glide:
Even after the RUNBLOG10 coupon at running warehouse – $13.50 for 2.5 ounces of something you’re gonna rub all over your butt, private bits and feet is too pricey. That little tube ain’t lasting you very long. Consider it a training tax because you’re always gonna be paying it, about quarterly.
Now I’m frugal and only use glide when I think it’s necessary. If I’m going on a long ride or run, especially in the summer, I’m gonna need it. I can’t stand it when I jump into the shower after a 20 mile run, nice and exhausted, and then OH MY GOD THAT HURTS when the hot water hits my body.
So yea, glide is helpful.
I’ve tried other brands (Run Guard, Gold Bond) and they all work just fine. But it gets expensive. We don’t like expensive here.
So short of just throwing a wad of Vaseline in my pants, I set out to create my own.
Not interested in making it yourself? You can just buy it from me directly. $6 will get you 2 3 oz sticks of premium Cheap Athlete anti chafing stuff! That’s 6 ounces for about 1/3 the price of a standard bar.
How to make your own training glide.
This recipe makes two 3 ounce bars.
- Pour 1/3 cup of Shea butter, Coconut oil and Beeswax pellets into a mason jar
- Boil water
- Rig up something to hold the Mason jar above the boiling water. I used grill tongs for this
- Let all that goopy stuff start to melt. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get completely melted
- Pour the liquid into some sort of mold. I found this silicone soap mold to work perfectly
- Let the bars solidify. Not sure exactly how long it takes but I know it doesn’t take longer than a basketball game, which is what I watched while I waited.
- After they’re nice and solid, remove them from the silicone mold. And there ya have it. I wrapped some parchment paper around them just because, you know, it’s all sortsa greasy.
Happy, hmm.. gliding?