Fulcrums from any angle
Much adieu has been made about hanging in terms of breaking up a routine to facilitate the philosophy of divide and concur. The principle of changing stress levels and changing angles of attack, taking breaks and applying various forms of stress from jelqing, to clamping, to orange bends, to pumping, not to mention manual v stretches.
One of the aspects of hanging which produces the greatest amount of flexibility in terms of changing the stresses on the ligaments is straight-out (SO) hanging which turns out is really not hanging at all but stretching with a Bungee Cord in the place of Weights and gravity. The advantage of course is the ability to change stress angles almost instantaneously just by twisting of the hips and changing the anchor point of the Bungee from crotch level to eye level achieving straight-up (SU) stresses. Both of these approaches alleviates the problem recognized by Bib known as the LOT theory. The usage of gravity only can be seen as passe when a comparison is made to the two techniques. The reason for this thread though is not to discus the attributes of Bungee hanging but a multiplication of the advantages to it by way of fulcrums.
Unlike fulcrums applied to gravity hanging which requires in some cases a pipe across the legs and the stretching of the penis over the pipe and down to the weights, may I suggest that fulcrums utilizing a Bungee Cord will increase the ability to apply stress to the ligaments in almost a pin-point way. Whereas in gravity hanging the ligaments are stretched from their top side only. Further exacerbating the problem addressed by the LOT theory.
Fulcrums applied to Bungee SO hanging can be done with no additional tools what-so-ever. All that is required is your Thumb which when applied to the top pushing down in the middle of the stretched shaft, or the side of the stretched shaft to the left or right producing a 90 deg angle to the direction of the stress will in effect stretch the outside portion of the ligament to the stress angle.
For those who are bored from hanging and are looking for a means to not only provide variation but also a means to accelerate gains, this method can produce gains where they have plateau’d or stopped all together. The application of fulcrums can easily avoid the seeming necessity to increase hanging weight and instead provide a means to get things moving again at the same weight levels that previously produced gains.
The utilization of fulcrums can alieviate the necessity to increase stress weight for several weeks because the same amount of weight or stress is focused upon the fulcrum point. When fulcrums are applied in a systematic manner the gains will increase from previous plateau’s because when you stress the outside of the ligaments and then return to the straight-out anchor the ligaments are weakened on the outer edges and the center is then allowed to receive all the stress previously shared by the full strength and structure of the ligament. This then becomes the means by which the DIVIDE and CONCUR principle is achieved.
When Fulcrums are utilized by the beginner to hanging at initially low weights the result can and usually is accomplishment of length goals at very low stress or weight levels.