Key to Continuing gains?
I was reading Modestomans thread , particularly Hobbys post, as it applies to my situation somewhat. I started pe Aug 2004 and gained 1/4 per month for the first three months. I then sustained an injury during a jelqing session. I was forced to stop stretching and jelqed only over the next month or two produced no results. I quit pe for about 6mos until mid June 2005 when I started hand stretching and jelqing for a few weeks and this brought me back to my best measurement at 6.5”( i had lost 1/8 -1/4 off my best). I then began hanging SD with 12 lbs progressing to 17.5 lbs by the end of July. At that time I had gained an additional 1/4 pushing me to a new best of 6.75. Over the course of the last month I have hung 4-5 days a week and raised the weight to 20 lbs but zero gain.
The gains for me seem to come fairly easily (but with extensive work) or not at all.
Its my contention now as it was before I quit the first time, cycling is the key to continued gains. The longer and thinner you stretch your soft tissue the less giving they become,this is just nature protecting itself. I know hobby has had similar results as have many others. Its perhaps the toughest concept to accept and put into action-do nothing for at least 3 months and you can expect gains when you come back. Why work hard for three months with little or no gains, when allowing tissue to grow back thicker/stronger will give up the easier/quicker gains. Dont get me wrong its not about quick and easy its about continous gains.
Im going to continue hanging for another month and if no more gains Im going to retire again for a few months.
Id like to hear from others who have experienced this phenomena of cycling.