Metal Ed, read this.
I know what you mean about the deadlifts and hand strength (350 x 10 without wrist straps is impressive). I was also a gym rat, of course, and I used to be able to rip a phone book in half, back in the day. I’m sure that I could still probably rip my dick apart – so I experience the same concerns you do.
But regarding your posts about the layoff and your now-stronger tunica, I don’t believe you discredited my layoff theory – I believe you substantiated my theory that mega-intense PE is counterproductive. Consider….
Not only was I a hard-core trainee, but I was also a personal trainer. Guys would seek my advice when they saw me doing warmup sets with their 1RM. No doubt, they expected to hear some ultra-intense crazy-assed mega-psycho workout from me. But when I would tell 99% of these guys that they’re overtraining, they would shake their heads and walk away.
Invariably, when some circumstance would force them from the gym for a few weeks – strep throat, sprained ankle, etc. – they would come in fretting about how “damn weak” they must now be. But then they’d find that they had, in fact, lost no strength at all – they were actually stronger after the layoff. Did this change their training outlook?
It was back to the same old shit, and they would usually lose those newly-found gains.
Your super-intense PE transformed your tunica into a Kevlar vest. You saw some slight gains during the layoff because you were obviously no longer overtraining. So, you experienced full recovery, followed by the subsequent supercompensation (i.e., additional strengthening of the tunica). Even though you had been overtraining, you were still receiving some strengthening in the tunica – just not complete supercompensation. The 1-month layoff, simply put, was not long enough. As much as you’d probably hate to hear this, you probably need at least 2-3 months off, cold turkey – if not longer. You might experience a slight additional gain at first, but the purpose of this layoff, of course, would be the deconditioning of your ultra-dense tunica (which is currently your limiting factor for further gains).
That’s a tough damn proposition – 2-4 months of no PE. But in your case, anything short of that might fail to return you to a gaining phase. And, as you correctly suspect, trying to make your PE even crazier will probably result in the destruction of your unit.
I have vowed to take at least 6 weeks off (my tunica is not as stubborn as yours, as I never did Ulis or Horse440’s, etc.). After my layoff, it’s DLD Blasters, BTL stretches, Pulse 110’s, Bundled Stretches, fowfers, and a lot of Tunica Fulcrum stretches. I’m going to pull that damn thing out as far as I can. I’ll probably throw in some hanging as well, when I have the privacy available. I believe that at least 90% of a PE’ers length goals should be reached before embarking on serious girth work – in my opinion. And even the girth work can’t be too crazy. Probably post-workout engorged wrapping is a good way around this.
- w a d