I’ve PE’ed on and off for the past few years. While I’ve never gotten past anything more than the newbie routines I have seen what I think are some small gains. I haven’t been all that good about keeping track of measurements and have changed measurement methods a few times, so I’m not certain that I’ve made gains. Main problem measuring is my tendons and ligaments are rather pronounced so BPL depends on how the far I manage to push against all the sinew. Anyhow, I started up a few months ago and after about 5 weeks there were no changes, so I stopped (PE is tough, as I’ve very little privacy :P). I have a bit more privacy now, so I’ve started PE’ing again, but am wondering if I’m doing something wrong or am just one of those people who gain nothing/very little. I’ve gotten much better in term of form and the like, but the end effect seems kind of, well, not quite so good anymore. The most significant change, I think, are the stretches I do. I’ve begun to mess around w/ different ones to try and see what works. For the record they are:
30 s. Up, up-rt, up-lt, rt, lt, down-rt, down-lt, down, straight out
15x crank left, 15x crank right
I use a little bit of force. Enough that I feel a definite pull, sort of like stretching a muscle.
I’ve actually had a bit of success with jelqing. I made a gain of about 3/8” but since then haven’t seen anything. Currently I’m doing 200 jelqs slow, trying to use a lot of pressure (not so much it hurts mind you).
Like I said before, I’m wondering if I’m doing anything wrong, or maybe just need to be a bit more patient and go for like 3 or 4 months before expecting to see any sort of measurable result. Maybe I even need to something more intense than what I’m currently doing.
As a side note:
I’ve found that pulling straight out or down and tensing my stomache muscles give a rather nice stretch. I think I’ll keep trying that and see if it helps things.