I find New_Member’s point about smooth muscle to be intruiging. We usually focus exclusively on connective tissue—ligs and tunica. However, the smooth muscle interspersed among the trabeculae in the CCs may have an important effect. If the muscle is tense (or plump), it may add considerably to the structural strength of the CCs and help them to resist elongation. The smooth muscle may also be responsible for the spongy or stiff feelings in our penises, which we usually associate with level of conditioning.
I recently came back from a 10-day break from PE and noticed my dick was much softer and more supple than it was before the break. Do you think my connective tissue changed that fast? I always thought connective tissue changed very slowly. Perhaps it was the muscles that changed their conditioning and caused the newbie-like feel in my penis?
Obviously, we have very little external, independent verification of our theories. We’re sort of feeling our way in the dark - with maybe the help of a dim cigarette lighter. What I know of muscle, and it is significant, is limited to striated skeletal muscle - very different from the smooth muscle of the penis. I think we’re guilty of often making faulty comparisons betwixt them.
I have come to suspect that the smooth muscle of the penis probably does decondition rather quickly - and toughen rather quickly (check out this thread: /forum/showthread.php?t=42811&page=5). If we find this to be the case (if many other members confirm similar findings), this may change the way we look at PE for post-newbies. But, in short, I exclaim how I’ve made phenomenal gains for very brief periods, then NADA. Zip.
Why? If I could gain 5.5mm in a week and a half, why absolutely nothing afterwards? Or the 0.22” EL I gained in only 3 weeks after a 2-month break? I’m beginning to suspect that the smooth muscle tissue does condition very quickly (negatively affecting gains). And I believe it will decondition relatively quickly as well - hence the soft gummy penis after a break. This would suggest to me that we can open very small windows of opportunity, in which we could make spectacular gains - which stop just as abruptly. I don’t mean “slow down,” I mean stop. As I’ve been reviewing my old .xls sheets, I’m surprised at this pattern repeating itself over & over - almost as if I had been oblivious to it.
But gains were never a “slow & steady” thing for me. It was all or nothing - and usually nothing.