I think that Monty’s success speaks volumes on this subject.
He hangs with about 15lbs of force (elastic cord) to produce lengthening, then the Pe wts to maintain that gain while it heals to the new length.
For newbies that have no toughening yet, you can probably get some gains from pe wts alone, but as time goes on, it probably won’t be enough.
Monty has gained both length and girth from his routine, and his gains only slow when he doesn’t have the time to hang.
I believe he has used a very nice combination of moderate wt to stretch, and does it sporadically enough that he doesn’t get fibrotic changes, then uses a low wt (pe wts) that maintain it and allow it to heal at the new length/girth, again not enough to cause fibrosis.
For those of you finding gains have stopped with just pe wts alone…consider this option.
Its probably the same for ADS…if you aren’t gaining, try using heavier hanging 2-3 hours a week, then the ADS to MAINTAIN the gain…and see if you don’t start progressing!
If that doesn’t get you going, try a deconditioning break and start again.
I really see that those who have made steady progressive gains over long periods of time really avoid heavy forces that cause reactive fibrotic changes.
ENCOURAGE growth, don’t try to beat your dick into submission!