Even though I’m quoting the above, I don’t have much faith in clamping for length gains. I’ve gone back to hanging to reach my length goal.
Another interesting concept: ‘Maximum Rate of Gain’
Originally Posted by Mr. Fantastic
…my advice would be not to try to hang too heavy too soon, since you probably really don’t need to as long as you increase the weight a little at a time so as to maintain your ‘maximum rate of gain’
I’d estimate the basic maximum rate of gain to be about 1.5eighths of an inch per month— I really don’t think it’s possible to gain at a faster rate than this.
My personal maximum rate of gain is 1eighth of an inch per month (about 1mm a week).
If you can match those ‘maximum rate of gain’ figures at a lower weight, there’s really no point in trying to hang heavier— you’d just be causing yourself more problems, including inhibited gains (there’s an argument that suggests that hanging very heavy weights can cause the collagen in the structure to knit in a way that can stop growth entirely. Collagen can knit in a certain way that it becomes as strong as tensile steel (run a search on xenolith’s threads for more information on collagen and gains)).
This seems to be a common rate of gain for many hangers around here (1mm per week and the 1/8” per month). So your probaly right in concluding the basic maximum gain rates for hangers (clamp/vise style, don’t have enough info on vacuum hanging yet) people would be those rates. :)