How I attach the hanger!
I made this article on Bib`s forums a year ago or so. In case anyone finds it helpful, I thought I could post it here as well:
Just wanted to share how I attach the hanger if it could be of help to any of you guys.
I recently started hanging straight out, and with my penis, the skin is not a limiting factor in this position so I have been forced to fine-tune my attachment technique with no room for error. In BTC there will always be skin stretch, even at higher weights, so BTC will let you get away with more error so to speak.
At least that`s my experience.
Anyway, what I found out is that I attached the hanger too far away from the head. Sounds counterintuitive right? I had the theory that if I attached it far from the head and tightened hard, it would not end up close to the head.
I struggled with this for some time and the result was pretty much the same every single time. No matter how hard I tightened, the hanger would slide forward and cause me tremendous pain on the path forward to the head. It did of course stop at the head, but the attachment was obviously poor.
When I told Bib about this he told me that I probably had a bad spot where the hanger would have problems grasping the structure and forming the shoulders.
What I learned then was to attach the hanger, tighten slightly(maybe 25%) so that the penis is properly located, and then pull the hanger away from my body so that I feel the hanger arriving at the sweet spot. This is pretty close to the head, but the fact is that for some reason the hanger is able to grip the inner structures a lot better closer to the head. In my experience that is. When you have arrived at the sweet spot, tighten as tight as possible.
I messed aroung with this for a while and did not quite get it because I was still attaching the hanger far away from the head before tugging it forward. I learned that for me, I can`t attach the hanger any more than an inch from the head.
When you attach the weights you will experience that the hanger does not slide any further towards the head at all if you have done things correctly.
Another detail he learned me when hanging straight out is what I take the liberty to call the “rope theory”. When you hold a tight rope with your hands, you always angle your hands to get a better grip.
It seems like Bib thought of this when he designed the hanger, so that in a straight down or BTC position, the hanger will tilt forward a tiny bit.
Applying this knowledge to the SO position, you could attach the hanger at an angle and you can also lower the straps on the hanger a tiny bit to emulate the “rope effect”.
In terms of wrap and bottom gap, be scientific. If you happen to come across the perfect hanging set, take a measure of how long your wrap was and approximately where you started it. Measure the bottom gap and write it down.
If you`re not hanging comfortably, you are either a) not grasping the correct structures, b) using too much or too little wrap, c) too wide/narrow bottom gap, d) a good combination.
The hangers teeth should be nearly meshed before attaching the weights, but there should be room for tightening more, especially with the first two sets.
If you have problem getting the teeth nearly meshed, you either have to open the bottom gap or use less wrap.
Personally, I use less wrap now than when I first started and I don`t wrap supertight. Less is more in my experience, but you need enough to create a good bundle for the hanger to grasp. I also do not use a cloth beneath the Theraband.
Anyway, be scientific about it. Measure length of wrap, bottom gap and write it down on your daily journal. That way you have a reference point towards perfection.
If you somehow mess up things and can`t remember how you did it, you have it written down for future reference.
I stumbled across that perfect set yesterday and I documented everything as good as possible. The hanger could have been just slightly tighter, so I closed the bottom gap slightly. I wrote this down in my journal. Measuring and recording my settings leaves out the guesswork.