Trust me.masturbation (especially a lot of it) effects a lot of things. Abstaining from it (NOT SEX) will change your life in a number of ways in my experience.
For anyone not gaining, I still say hanging is better than stretching. I don’t care if your a newbie, if you are, start with 1-2 lbs. Why use your hand which is applying 20-40 lbs (think about it!) for 30 seconds unevenly.