Question for BIB
At what point do you think a hanger should just throw in the towel and give up? I’ll outline my history and perhaps you can judge whether I’m reaching that point.
I spent about the first three months of hanging (using your production starter model) to acclimate to the hanger, experiment with different positions and settings. In that time I worked up to a max of about 12.5 lbs in the straight down, straight out, and over the shoulder angles. I began with 3X20 minutes per day 5-6 days a week then worked up to 6-8X20minutes per day, 5 -6 days a week. This resulted in no gains.
Then for two months I tried hanging solely over the shoulder and worked up to 20 lb max, 10-12X20minutes per day, 6 days a week. This resulted in no gains.
Now I am working on hanging solely BTC and have been on this routine for almost two months now. I have just this week worked up to a max of 15 lb, an average of 8X20minutes per day, 5 days a week. Still I see no gains.
After I got comfortable hanging, i.e. after the first three months, I definitely experienced shaft and ligament fatigue, that dull ache that indicates that the tissues are being worked. I also had to drop the max weight both during the set and after individual sets.
I thought if a hanger experienced this fatigue and having to drop weight, that growth was occurring. Am I missing something? I do notice, however that my girth has improved slightly, maybe by 1/8 to 1/4 inch. No length gains though. I started about 6X4 13/16 and now am 6x5.
Would it be a reasonable plan for me to continue to hang BTC and gradually increase the weight up to about 22 lb and if I still don’t get any gains to conclude that my ligs/fascia are made of kevlar and not likely to stretch?
How common do you think it is that guys won’t gain no matter what until they hit a magic number like 15 or 20 lb BTC?
I can only increase the weight gradually because higher weights put a lot of pressure on the head. I also have a problem with the hanger “flowing” over the shaft until it rests against the head. What’s your recommended setting for this? toe out? toe in? Right now it’s at “neutral.”
Bib, thanks for reading. Although I have yet to benefit from your finely engineered hanger, I still have hope that gains are on the horizon.