Gains That Remain
I am going to be brief about this because I am not sure if this topic has been covered. Even if it has, I think there is something that can be learned from a review.
From my personal inspection over the years, many exercises focus on increased blood flow and internal pressure to make gains. These exercises have appeared to work among many here, including me. However, I’ve noticed on a personal level that exercises without blood flow has perhaps benefits for all. In fact, my gains attributed to exercises that did not require blood and pressure are the only ones that have stayed with me over the last three years of inactivity.
For example, my gains from the Bib hanger have stayed with me, both in length and girth. It’s especially noticeable in girth because the area where the hanger clamped on the shaft is still thicker. The length gained is still there. However, exercises that created gains with blood flow do not seem to have stayed. Granted, I am making distinctions between gains that are very unscientific, though it appears to be the truth from where I see it.
Ultimately, I think gains can come from either from pressure on the inside (i.e. use of blood) or pressure applied from the outside (without engorgement of blood). I think more attention needs to be paid to perhaps squeezing exercises that require minimal blood flow as these exercises appear to also break down the tissues with lasting results.