AI (Johan) Stretches & Hanging
I’m almost surprised no one here has tried/posted on this yet…
Last week after reading Johan’s post in the Main Member forum, I decided to try out his “AI” stretches (check the post called “Johan is a believer now!” in the Main Member forum) in conjunction with hanging. I figured that at worst it would be a good post-hot wrap/pre-hang warmup… what I’ve found since has amazed me.
Before trying the AI stretches I was hanging 5, sometimes 6 sets of 20 min. in the evening with a 20 lb. max weight, and 2 sets in the morning, 3 days on/1 day off.
Since adding the AI stretches (which only takes about 10 minutes to perform 3 sets), fatigue has been setting in MUCH quicker.
(I should also add that I’ve replaced the morning hang session completely with 3 sets of AI stretches)
The first day that I added them, I was only able to do 3 sets of 20 min. each, with a max of only 15 lbs. I figured at the time that this wasn’t that remarkable… adding a different stretch into the routine is bound to make a difference. The next two days were pretty much the same. I took a day off, then went back on Friday. I forced myself to hang 19 lbs. that day, but was still only able to do 3 sets. On Saturday, I felt so fatigued after only 2 1/2 sets at a lower weight (can’t remember exactly how much) that I stopped there, deciding that I was so fatigued that I should go ahead & cut my workout a day short.
Normally I only take 1 day off… but on Monday I still didn’t feel like I’d recovered… so I took 1 more day off.
Today (Tuesday) I started back into my routine, thinking that I’d be back to more normal hanging weights. Much to my surprise, after 3 sets of “lighter than normal” AI stretches, my max hang weight was only 12 lbs! What’s more… after only 1 1/2 sets at 12 lbs., I was so fatigued I had to drop down to 7 lbs., which I was only able to do for another 10 minutes. By that time, I was spent. I took off my Bib & wrap and moved on to my post hang routine… amazed that I felt so much strain from so little hang weight & time.
Now I’m actually worried that I might be over-working… something I’ve never dealt with in the past 1 1/2 years of hanging.
Not only that, but I’ve actually started to consider (*gulp*) replacing hanging entirely by adding an extra set or two of AI stretches. (this coming from a guy who two weeks ago would have said that nothing can promote length growth like hanging!)
I’ve got to admit, the time I’d save almost every day by doing so would be wonderful… but I think I’ll hold off on that drastic of a decision for at least several weeks. If I see some good results next time I measure (in the aforementioned several weeks), I may try just the AI’s for a month or two to see what happens. (wow, I can’t believe I said that!… I feel like such a heathen)