Cardiovascular Fitness and Gains
I was doing some thinking about my PE history and I finally realized that there may be a link between my gains and my fitness levels at the time of gaining. I’ve made gains in three separate periods.
1) When I first started PE I was still in high school. At the time, I was training for a sport and the majority of my training involved weightlifting and plyometrics but I would sometimes train for up to two hours at a time. I would imagine that I built some sort of cardiovascular endurance through these extended training sessions. I gained a minimal amount of girth, maybe a 1/8”, and probably 1/4-1/2” in length. I’m not exactly sure how much I gained because my measuring was a bit questionable. I made some gains, but they were not that huge and they were probably just newbie gains.
2) After I graduated college I wanted to drop some weight so I began doing a mix of high intensity interval training and regular cardio. Over a period of several months I grew about 3/4” in length and once again gained minimal girth. Some of this girth may have been from losing my fat pad but I probably only lost about 10 lbs of fat or so, so I believe that most of this was the real deal. At the time, I was doing cardiovascular exercise 5 or 6 days per week and I was in excellent shape.
3) Recently I began a more intense clamping routine where I clamped just about everyday and sometimes twice per day. I gained nearly 1/4” in girth in less than a month. At first I thought that clamping was the end-all way for me to gain girth but I continued that routine for some time but never gained anything more. Just recently I remembered that I had been on a cardio kick for about a month or so before starting my clamping routine. I hadn’t gotten in as good of shape as I had been directly after college but I was getting there. I ended up quitting my cardio kick and focusing on weightlifting.
So, I’m wondering: does anyone else have similar experience?
Also, FYI, I’ve got some lifting goals right now with which doing cardio would interfere. Once I get to those goals, I’ll get back on the cardio and see what happens.