Drop in weight, OR use same weight? (search result [link] inside too)
Hi all, I have a question that I’m pretty sure has been asked before (could’ve sworn I’ve read umpteen threads mentioning it, but can’t seem to find any of them now..): When I hang, should I start my hanging session with a higher weight (“max weight”?) until I feel a little sting and then drop down in weight, OR should I just hang with the same weight throughout the whole hanging session?
I’ll explain a little bit about my current hanging situation.
- First, I’m just starting my 2nd month of hanging.
- My first month I did 3x 15 minute sets of hanging straight down (standing) @ 2.5 lb’s…. I don’t think I felt sh*t after about the first week. The only thing I think I felt was [I believe to be at least] the skin stretch, and as I said, that was only for about the first week.
- Just starting my second month this week, I’m now hanging 3x 15 minute sets @ 2.5 lb’s again, only now I’m hanging BTC. Let me take the time to say that woah sh*t is there a difference. I’m not sure whether what I’m feeling is new skin stretch (since I’ve read BTC actually stretches more skin than hanging straight down [standing]), or the actual ligs being stretched. At the end of each set when I sort of lightly clamp the unit towards the base and lightly pull out, the unit does have a little burn to it… not sure if this little burn is the skin or the ligs being a little fatigued/sore?
- The reason why I didn’t ‘up’ my weight this week (beginning of my 2nd month) is because I’ve read so many times how BTC is much more intense and focuses more on the ligs than hanging straight down [standing]. It seems that from what I’ve read, your BTC weight could actually probably be considered double the actual #.. just because of how much more intense and effective it is than any of the other [ligament stretching] angles.
- Last month I gained zero EL / EG (I’m only focusing on EL right now though). I might have gained 1/16, but I’m not sure about that.. I only marked it down because I did get that measurement once (I always re-measure a few times to be sure) and when I got that measurement it did feel like the “real” measurement.
- I started @ 2.5 lb’s because I read in a thread somewhere where somebody suggested actually starting at 2.5 instead of the normal 5 so that, basically, you would then not only squeeze everything out of your newbie hanging gains, but you were also stretching your skin at a more minor weight (you weren’t holding back newbie gains just because of the required skin stretch.. a rather “minor detail” in terms of a +EL measurement gain.). In other words you got your skin stretch out of the way by using a more minor weight, which would mean that if you then increased from 2.5 (starting) to 5 lb’s (month 2.. after skin stretch), you’re essentially REALLY hanging with 5 lb’s and you’re essentially LEGITIMATELY hitting your ligs, not your ligs + skin (which could also confuse a person just starting hanging between skin stretch and lig fatigue/soreness).
- I have a lot of time to hang right now, but am only going with the 3x 15 minute sets because that’s what the Hanging 101 Routine says. Anything to say of this?
The reason why I’m wondering my question is because it seems like since the goal is to fatigue the ligs, you would go with a higher weight first, THEN drop down once you feel a little sting, since at that point your ligs would have just hit fatigue(?). My question about that though is if it’ll make your ligs tougher quicker (detrimental to long term gains) than if I were to just go with the same weight throughout each session. Also, it seems like most of the threads I read mention the person(s) using their “max weight” in order to reach fatigue first, THEN they drop down in weight after they’ve hit fatigue. I have no idea what “fatigue” feels like honestly, though I’m sure eventually I probably will (finally :p ). In the Hanging 101 Routine, it mentions going up +2 lb’s after month 1, but it doesn’t mention whether in both months you’re hanging straight down [standing], BTC, or what? Since BTC seems to be regarded as the prime lig stretch angle (and is much more intense/focused than any other), I figured the routine didn’t take into consideration different angles’ poundage. It also doesn’t mention anything about a max weight or anything. One might assume that according to that, your month 1 max weight should be 5 lb’s; while another might assume that the weight you should always use for month 1 is 5 lb’s.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated (and I’m sure by more than just myself).
So what do you think?
No dedication + No self-discipline = No Gains. This goes for working out as well. It's elementary math kids.
Starting Date: 1-17-05 - EL: 6 in. EG: 5.125 in. ... or 5 2/16 in. ..FL: 4.5 in. ... or 4 8/16 in. FG: 4.5 in. ... or 4 8/16 in.
14th Check-In Date (much 'rest time' so far): 10-01-06 - EL: 7 1/16 in. EG: 5 9/16 in. ................ FL: 5.00 in. ... or 5 in. FG: 4.75 in. ... or 4 12/16 in....1st Goal: EL: 7 in. EG: 5.75 in ... or 5 12/16 in.