Does Big Girth Kill Length Gains?
“Work length first, then girth.”
“It’s easier to stretch a thin rubber band than a fat one.”
Conventional wisdom suggests that every increment of added girth makes length gains more difficult to achieve. This notion is intuitively appealing. Certainly, a dick with greater girth is likely to have more collagen fibers pulling in parallel to resist length gains.
At a personal level, the effects of girth on length gains became important to me since my newbie gains produced 0.7” of new girth but only 0.5” of new length. I’ve always been length challenged, and I had a long way to go to reach my goal. If girth inhibited length gains, I was in trouble.
But is the conventional wisdom correct? Does added girth really inhibit length gains?
In an attempt to shed light on this question, I recently delved into Size’s PE Data Site. As others have done, I downloaded the data into a spreadsheet and started playing. However, my focus was exclusively on the question of girth. Here’s what I found.
I’ve attached a scatter plot of length gains versus initial girth for each poster in the PE database. Length gains are computed as final length for each poster minus the initial length for that poster. Initial girth is the poster’s first girth entry. I’ve thrown out data for all posters who posted only once, or posters whose total PE career, as reflected by the dates entered in the database, was less than 90 days.
The data surprised me.
Although there is a slight negative correlation (-0.20) between length gains and initial girth, the relationship is not as strong as I suspected. Numerous people with initial girths of 6” gained over 2” in length.
It’s hard to say whether the negative correlation is due to anatomy or something else. My sense is it’s something else. For example, it’s equally likely that guys that start out with bigger equipment simply don’t apply themselves as tenaciously to PE (why should they!).
Initial girth is strongly correlated with initial length (+0.63). Therefore, guys with big initial girths are generally hung.
The data also show a number of guys who started with relatively little girth and gained stupendously in length. I’d wager that these guys were exceedingly dedicated.
Shit, I don’t know. There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Still, the database certainly does not clearly show that girth by itself imposes excessive limits on length gains. The negative correlation between length gains and initial girth can be just as easily explained by other factors.
Enter your measurements in the PE Database.
Last edited by ModestoMan : 11-25-2004 at .