Possible explanation for slow/no gains
I have spent many hours searching and reading information regarding ligaments and how they are damaged and how they heal. The most interesting article I have found to date is the following:
Subfailure damage in ligament: a structural and cellular evaluation
I know that this information has already been referenced here at Thunders, but it did not get the discussion that I think it deserves. After reading it I cannot help but wonder if it points to a basic flaw in the hanging strategy most people employ, including myself. I am gaining but I would like to gain faster and spend less time at it if possible. Who wouldn’t? I also would like to know that I am not just strengthening my ligaments and tunica.
I can’t help but think that most people hang such that they induce little to no damage to the ligaments and tunica. Let’s face it, what we are trying to achieve is controlled damage.
I wonder if the slow/no gainers are hanging at too low of stress and consequently stay in the elastic range of the stress/strain curve the so called “toe” region.
I also wonder if the length of time spent hanging is a waste.
The following was taken from the article:
“Each subfailure-stretched ligament received a different magnitude of subfailure stretch, ranging from 0 to 9%. The six ligaments receiving a subfailure stretch were loaded, allowed time to recover viscoelastic deformations as above, and then pulled to failure at 10%/s.”
To me this suggests increasing the stress quickly and only for a short duration.
Imagine if it turns out that you could gain faster by hanging a heavier weight for less than 10 seconds.
Also, I retract following an aggressive hang session. Because I don’t like that, for obvious reasons, I tend to hang lighter next time…mistake? Based on something else I have read but cannot reference at the moment, if I was to continue to hang while retracted, my ligaments would “remodel” in the lengthened state. This agrees with something that BIB told me. He told me to ignore the retraction. BIB also hung 45 lbs. It sounds impossible to me but if you didn’t have to hang it very long I think that a big strong cock could achieve this.
So, my experiment is to determine what weight will produce a SAFE subfailure stretch. Then when the retraction occurs I could do one or all of the following:
1) Wear the ADS
2) Do manual stretches
3) Hang lighter
This should cause the ligs and tunica to remodel in the lengthed state.
I going to go for it… very carefully. Any comments? Advise?