During this deconditioning break - which is also convenient as it comes during a hectic time for me - I’ve been squeezing in a lot of study of my PE records as well as popping in and out of the forum.
Coming off my BFS Theory, while the wood is still burning, I thought I’d put forth a concept: Tissue Increase Threshold Time.
Not the best summation, but I like any acronym which conjures up an image of a woman’s breast. :)
This concept states that anybody can gain length from stretching. Anybody. Those who persistently claim that they’ve gotten nothing from stretching are simply not approaching their threshold times. I believe that claim is 100% accurate. And this became clear even to me (who always bemoans his length efforts) after close scrutiny of some old Excel sheets.
As somebody who always hated stretching, but suspected its importance, I decided to make an Excel sheet that tallied up my stretch times daily, weekly, monthly. I was not counting “total workout time,” of course, but only “time under load” (monitored with a stopwatch). I also broke down the time by tunica- and lig-specific stretching. I figured that I could make a competition of it, and constantly push myself to “ride the numbers” - watching the daily tallies add up with .xls formula functions. And in this way, I distracted myself from the monontony and tedium of stretching.
What became clear is that my length gains didn’t kick back in (after the newbie period ended) until my stretch times went way up. Forget that “5 minutes per day 5 days per week” shit. And after a brief lull, the gains kicked in. For example, in one 10-day period, I gained nearly 6mm EL. That’s almost 1/4” in only 10 days. That included 242.5 minutes of “time under load” (4.04 hours of actual stretch time in 10 days). The break down was: tunica, 192.66 minutes; ligs, 49.84 minutes. That’s a lot of time, but that 1/4” wasn’t flaccid stretch, it was erect length. That also broke down to 24.25 minutes of time under load, every day, for 10 days to nail 1/4” EL. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking, but I abruptly quit that schedule and believed that I could up the jelq time and minimize the stretch time.
The drawbacks, of course, were tired & aching hands as well as a beat-up dick (especially tender was my coronal ridge). I got away from stretching for a while and mostly jelqed (usually dry jelq), which pushed my girth up more. I went back to a hectic stretch schedule and ended up gaining nearly 1/2” EL. But then I quit because of the hand & cock abuse involved.
I’ll be resuming that schedule when I return.
A key concept, I believe, is the preliminary relaxation phase. Depending on the room temperature and probably divers other physiological factors, this generally took me anywhere from 6-9 minutes of time under load. That is the time when my BPFSL really relaxed and stretched out. Only then does stretching become really effective. Sort of like working out a muscle after it’s been properly warmed up. This is why I believe that most guys who only stretch for 5-10 minutes don’t get shit from it. Or why pisspulls are essentially worthless. How could tugging on your cock for 10 seconds possibly promote measurable length gains?
I know that many newbies made excellent gains from jelqing & only 5-10 minutes of stretching, but the term “newbie” cancels that out. Newbies can make gains on almost any type of routine - not only with PE, but with weight training and most other physical/body-related endeavors. Show me a vet with 2-3 years under their belt still making gains with 5-10 minutes of stretching. Look how much time hangers spend under load. But I believe that time could be greatly curtailed by strategic deconditioning breaks. Also, manual stretching does allow you to focus stress with a precision that can’t be approached by bolting on a hanger. Also, V-Stretches & other Dual Fulcrum stretching really boosts the benefits with manuals.
I’ll be monitoring my BFS to determine when to resume active PE. And when I do, I’ll begin with erect jelqs every other day, and daily stretching of 20 minutes under load - adding 5 minutes to my daily totals ever 7-10 days. I’m sure I’ll smash through the 8-inch barrier.
Best of luck with your efforts.
- w a d