11 Months with very small gains - advice needed
I’ve been lurking here for about a year but only just registered. My problem is I have followed PE for 11 months more or less and have made only 0.25 up to 0.5” in length at best (bad initial measurements).
Here’s what I did
-First couple of months JP90 newbie routine from PE-GYM. Basically you,d,s,l,r 30s stretches with kegels + rotary stretches and helicopter shakes in between. 3 sets of <50 wet jelqs+ <30 v-jelqs in between (varied depending on EQ).
My EQ was great at beginning and I think I saw some gains especially girth. But then later it fell consistently and gains stopped. In particular girth gains did not stay :(
-I panicked and started doing the linear newbie routine from here from maybe october. I progressed to the point of doing more stretches in more directions but jelqs did not increase much. Up to 1 March I did not see any gains. Then suddenly a jump 0.25 in BPEL. Then tried increasing time a bit but since then nothing. My routine atm if that helps consists of basic stretches in d,dr,dl,s,sr,SL,you,ur,ul then BTC left and right then again d,dr,s,sr 30 s each then 3x (40 wet jelqs slow + 10 v-jelqs) and 2x30s erect bends for the past month(very carefully around 80-90% erect). Absolutely no gains since March. Maybe 1/16 on some really good EQ days. My EQ seems on and off depending on my mood whether I go to the gym etc but can’t pinpoint it to routine. The good part is the gains seem cemented at least.
I was consistent up until March then missing some days here and then but not much. The past month or so I feel really frustrated with my lack of progress so I have not been consistent.
1)I’m about to take a 4-6 week break for various reasons. What should I do after?
2)Is it possible that neglecting kegels is at fault?
3)Is it better to increase stretching time on each individual stretch (like going to 40s instead of 30 e.g) or to just add more and more 30s ones?
4)When I started my flaccid was really spongy. 2 months in PE it gets harder and harder to get this. My flaccid does not seem to stretch much anymore MOST of the time. Some days if I’m exhausted it does. But generally it’s like there’s a thick cord inside preventing a good stretch. I know because at the beginning I was getting great stretch with really thing flaccid but now it stays thick almost no difference when stretching sometimes. What could this be? I have a bit of upward curve (around 30 degrees) which I wouldn’t mind reducing a bit btw.
5)My gains seem to not translate in standing or lying positions. Maybe only half of them but mostly it is when sitting. Any idea about this?
I’m starting to feel really depressed. Can someone offer some advice/encouragement? Thanks for this awesome place by the way!