Hey guys, I’ve been doing PE since October 2012. In that time I’ve gained more than an inch, mostly from hanging. My second year gains were SLOW!
For some time I thought that a good pre-stretch manually, and then hang would be a good way to get the thing longer. Not so. What I’ve found is (after doing more research on Thunder’s) if I put too much stress stretching, the tissues get tough, and won’t stretch at all. I’ve been stuck at a BPFSL of 8.5” max for most of last year, and if I stretched with more stress, it got shorter! So after a stretch and hang I’m wondering where the hell 1/2” went.
Now the good part: I warm with a hot wet cloth, then do a stretch, but not very hard! Just enough to get the max length GENTLY. Then I use the hanger, work up to the max weight I use in the first set, and drop the weight if it gets too uncomfortable. At the end of my session today I got a BPFSL of 8.625”. My first indication of a gain in months.
The lesson here is: If you pull too hard, the tissues will retract in response. Hope this helps those who are stuck.