I prefer lower weight and longer time approach. I’ve been hanging for few months, and even now I still hanging 10 minutes @4 pounds in the morning, about 30 minutes @5 pounds evening, and my unit is still growing.
Starting Aug/06: BPEL 5.5", EG 4.3"
05/Feb/2007: BPEL 6.3", NBPEL 5.7", EG 4.9"
Realize that I too am a veteran hanger, in terms of experience, I’m currently hanging in the 11 to 15 pound range after 3 years. If you don’t want to end up in the 20’s and 30’s with very possible damage from thrombosis and other forms of injury then you need to concentrate on gaining on as little weight as possible. 15lbs may feel good but where are you going to go from there?
11-2004 BPEL:8.25x6.25 . . 9+ by Spring is the goal AIR CLAMP
I’ve been using a 60W bulb in a clamp on lamp / reflector that I bought at Home Depot to provide heat during hanging sessions. I clamp the lamp on to a table so that it hangs below the table. I put my hanger on and shimmy in so that the lamp is about 5 inches away.
I believe that the heat is helping on a couple of fronts. One is that the heat provides the same benefits that we all know about when we say to “warm up” before a PE session, but provides those benefits continuously. The other is that, from an engineering point of view, heat tends to “weaken” all materials as well as make them more elastic. This promotes “creep” as talked about in other threads.
Another benefit, I think, is a bigger flaccid hang after the session—longer and thicker. I haven’t been doing it long enough to say more. I’ll say more as I learn more.
I am aware that some people use heat lamps, and I thought about that myself but concluded that it is a risky technique. Heat lamps give off UV which has health/cancer implications, and for that reason there are time limits for exposure, and those time limits are well below standard hang time sessions.
Anyway, you might want to experiment with CHA - “continuous heat application.”