I think measuring bpfsl (bone pressed flaccid STRETCHED length) is a good measurement. Lately, if it is 2 mm less than my max measurement, I take it as a indicator to wait. Sometimes, if I wait 36 hours instead of 24, it makes a very big difference.
But as has been said here, you have to find what works for you. Some guys find if they take a day off, they lose ground. Others find if they don’t take a day off, they don’t gain. There as been more than a few guys who found they gained at 2 on and 1 off, but when they went to 2 on and 2 off, they gained even faster.
So, experiment and see what works best for you. I would recommend to start to take bpfsl, because it really does give you a lot of good information…and keep a PE log.
The newbie routine is written that way for a reason, Mick. It has be proven to work for most of people - even some of the so called big gainers. The current trend is that, actually, even the newbie routine could be too much - for this reason the alternative of linear routine is often adviced as a starting point.
Do the newbie routine, with the 2 on/ 1 off frequency and see how it comes. Only if your PI’s are good and you feel that an higher frequency is better for you go on the 3 on/1 off schedule, but wait at least 1 month.
Personally I do not take planned breaks but occasionally life gets in the way and breaks happen. The routine I use is not intensive, so for me breaks are not so important. I go by what feels right bearing in mind all, the advice which is offered in this forum. It definitely takes time and persistence. I think I am gaining from my routine, but it does take a lot of time and commitment. It is not for the faint hearted. In reality I should measure once a month rather than the 3 times a day currently. Best of luck.
Originally Posted by MilkMan56
So I should perform the routine 2x a day?
I would gradually increase the amount of time you jelq per day, and you could split the routine if you throw in stretches (this is what I did, I think it should be part of the newbie routine). I now do A and V stretches, I started holding a stretch for 30 seconds, I’m up to and staying at 2 minute stretches, as firmly as I can pull steadily, I pull in 9 directions, all straight up, up, down, left, right and the 4 cardinal directions, then I add 2 A and 2 V stretches in my stretcing routine. My routine now has hanging and clamping too, I wouldn’t steer you in that direction yet, but because I do so much, I have to split my routine up.
My goal is to be the best me, mind, body and soul, PE is part of achieving the best me.