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Take one week off every month

What do you think guys?

I’ve been reading a lot around on the Internet and a lot of PE’ers are taking a week off from PE every month and I can see how that makes sense.

The penis does go through a lot of stress with all the training we put it through, and is a 2 on 1 off schedule like the majority are on enough rest time for the penis to heal properly?

Every time I take a few days off I notice the best gains and EQ.

Id like to hear some points of view from the more experienced guys if possible.

I might start taking a week off every now and then. Regular.

Well again, there’s really only one way to find out. I bet it’d have a lot to do with each persons body and how it heals. I don’t know that I’d personally go with 7 days. I’d probably hit 4 days with nothing, then one day back with light ADS and piss pulls, and finally a good hard ADS (higher tension) and a night routine to get back in the swing of things.

However a good long break makes sense. I’ll actually be taking one in august for 7 days which is perfect as it ends my newbie routine phase.

Maybe jelqing but stretching and hanging id say no.

Seems like a fair enough plan to me. One of the most common mistakes with working out is over-training. No reason why PE couldn’t be the same.


2009-05-20: 6.5 x 4.8 - Starting Stats

Short Term Goal: 7 x 5

Long Term Goal: 8.5 x 6.5

My thoughts

I would say that is way too long of a break monthly. Then again it really depends on how long and intense your routines are. I personally PE everyday with jelqing and stretching. I do a standard amount of time during the week and weekends I only jelq for a couple minutes just to keep things flowing. Works good for me.

Like rolly said there is only one way to find out, so if it feels right, then give it a shot. Like so many people before me have said, “PE is not a exact science”, it takes months if not years to find a right routine for you.


Goal: None, PE for life

I’ll only take an extended break if I see a decrease in size and/or EQ. If there is no decrease then I PE as planned.


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If I’m not wrong Sparkyx suggests doing 6 weeks on/two weeks off - or something. My personal opinion is that a week off every a given amount of weeks isn’t a bad idea, even when one is having gains. It’s hard to give a fixed number, anyway, too many variables involved.

Originally Posted by marinera
If I’m not wrong Sparkyx suggests doing 6 weeks on/two weeks off - or something. My personal opinion is that a week off every a given amount of weeks isn’t a bad idea, even when one is having gains. It’s hard to give a fixed number, anyway, too many variables involved.

I can’t understand why one would do this. Unless of course you are on vacation or busy, or lazy, but as in a planned week off does not make sense to me. I realize there is a lot of discussion on the topic of deconditioning breaks, but in my opinion an optimal routine should not necessitate such a long break.

Given that, it might be useful in overloading fatigue and then breaking to let it fully recover, if you are planning to overload the fatigue. That is an interesting thing actually. I have done it when trying to accomplish Big Girtha’s clampathons but found it counter-productive (gains were slower).

Originally Posted by LongVehicle

I can’t understand why one would do this. …..

The concept is to take a break before hitting a plateau, because when one is aware of having reached a plateau chances are that it will be too late; on the other hand, a good trend will not be harmed so much by taking a week or two off. So it makes sense to me, it’s what many smart trainers advice in athletic training.

Originally Posted by marinera
The concept is to take a break before hitting a plateau, because when one is aware of having reached a plateau chances are that it will be too late; on the other hand, a good trend will not be harmed so much by taking a week or two off. So it makes sense to me, it’s what many smart trainers advice in athletic training.

You have to excuse me, because my major experience in PE is clamping, and my major athletic experience is bodybuilding. In both this does not hold… in clamping I have never benefited from breaks, and have edited by routine to ensure that I will never need to take them due to fatigue. I have also not stopped gaining, but admittedly have not been doing this that long. In bodybuilding, such breaks are only done pre or post shows, mostly for convenience, or after injuries. I cannot understand the logic here, still. Maybe its a purposeful overloading of fatigue?

Marinera, I get the point about trying to prolong your gains when you notice the onset of a plateau, but I don’t see the point in doing it while you are gaining strong. In my opinion, I cannot see how taking 1 or even 2 weeks off will prevent the onset of an inevitable plateau. The way I see it, push as much gains as you can and worry about the plateau after.

Originally Posted by LongVehicle
I can’t understand why one would do this. Unless of course you are on vacation or busy, or lazy, but as in a planned week off does not make sense to me. I realize there is a lot of discussion on the topic of deconditioning breaks, but in my opinion an optimal routine should not necessitate such a long break.

Given that, it might be useful in overloading fatigue and then breaking to let it fully recover, if you are planning to overload the fatigue. That is an interesting thing actually. I have done it when trying to accomplish Big Girtha’s clampathons but found it counter-productive (gains were slower).

My sentiments exactly.


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Originally Posted by marinera
The concept is to take a break before hitting a plateau, because when one is aware of having reached a plateau chances are that it will be too late; on the other hand, a good trend will not be harmed so much by taking a week or two off. So it makes sense to me, it’s what many smart trainers advice in athletic training.

I understand your concept, marinera. The longer one plateaus, the longer the deconditioning break needed to start seeing good gains again. If you are months into a plateau and decide to take a week off, that might not even scratch the surface to decondition the penis and won’t do any good.

Originally Posted by LongVehicle
You have to excuse me, because my major experience in PE is clamping, and my major athletic experience is bodybuilding……….

No problem, you are excused. :)

Originally Posted by ShyMplsMale
I understand your concept, marinera. The longer one plateaus, the longer the deconditioning break needed to start seeing good gains again. If you are months into a plateau and decide to take a week off, that might not even scratch the surface to decondition the penis and won’t do any good.

Exactly!

Originally Posted by marinera
No problem, you are excused. :)

Exactly!

marinera,

You are very good at explaining things. Please help me out here, what is the justification for deconditioning as you see it? It seems other members also don’t understand this so this might be helpful.

My understanding is that our bodies are adapting to stimuli. We try to find stimuli that promote adaptations that are favorable. Every stimulus should create some sort of adaptation - however, that adaptation might have a limit (increasing the variable might not cause any change once the body has adapted fully). So we have a bunch of stimuli (clamping, hanging, jelqing, etc.) and a bunch of variables that we can change to increase the stimuli over time (TUC, time hanging, time jelqing, etc.).

If deconditioning works, then it means that we are removing the body’s adaptation to the stimuli - this so-called plateau. If the adaptation is removed, and growth begins again, given that it stopped before the deconditioning, then we should have lost adaptation during the deconditioning break - correct? If adaptation is here defined as visible growth, then we should have lost visible growth during the break and therefore the whole process would seem irrelevant and counter-productive.

And my contention about this premise, that adaptation is irrevocably connected to visible growth, is the key part here. If you can somehow separate adaptation from visible growth, then my whole concept of how growth occurs is incorrect (this is general, I’m not talking about specific growth theories). Then it would be that the body is in fact stupid and inefficient, it changes to suit stimuli and then completely forgets that it has changed, and begins to change again, when given a deconditioning break. This might be a feature of smooth muscle hypertrophy or collagen production that is unique - but it seems unlikely. Adaptation should never occur as a black or white thing, if the penis is completely suited to the action naturally it won’t adapt. It won’t simply adapt because the stimuli is offered. Imagine a 300 lb. bodybuilder lifting 20 lb. dumbells for bicep curls. Stimulus is there. Why isn’t he growing? He is adapted. A break will only work if during that break he manages to lose so much strength (and therefore muscle mass) that the stimuli will not suit his abilities, and then he will have to re-adapt (starting from 150 lbs. again!).

On the other hand, mixing different stimuli to promote cross-adaptation could be beneficial. Overloading fatigue past the point of recuperation (growth) and then breaking stimuli could be beneficial. But I don’t see how straight out deconditioning would work.

*These are just my thoughts, and they might provide you with a platform to explain to me why deconditioning is logically correct. My logical deduction is correct I think, so basically you should explain why the premise is false: that adaptation is irrevocably tied with visible growth.

Originally Posted by LongVehicle

If deconditioning works, then it means that we are removing the body’s adaptation to the stimuli - this so-called plateau.

To make this more rigorous, this statement is false clearly. It could work in two ways: first, we are removing the body’s adaptation to the stimulus, or second, we have over-stimulated the body and need a break to allow it to heal. The second case isn’t whats being discussed here but I just wanted to state this to make the argument more comprehensive.

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