Originally Posted by Mamba20
I have been using a vacuum hanger since 2011. When I first started using the hanger I measured in at 5.5 BP length. At the height of my workouts ( a couple of weeks ago), I measured in at 6.25 BP length. So in the two years that I’ve been using the vacuum hanger I’ve gained .75 inches in length. So yes, it is possible to gain with the vaccuum hanger. However, it is extremely hard to be consistent because all sorts of injuries can arise. I’ve dealt with four injuries during the last two years. Blisters are an absolute nightmare. I’ve had a couple of those. Basically you have to take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month off, depending on the size of the blister. When you resume hanging you have to reduce your weight significantly and work your way back up. It’s extremely frustrating. There’s also another injury that can occur, this one being kind of scary. I actually had this happen to me exactly a week ago, and I’m currently recovering from the injury. I was on my first set, hanging 14 pounds. Everything felt fine. After the 15 minutes was up, I lifted the weight and walked over to my bed so I could remove the hanger. As I did this I felt an extreme sort of differential pressure on the head of my penis. When I removed the hanger there was blood leaking through the micropore tape. I knew this was serious because there was a lot of blood. I just stared at my penis for like 5 minutes, heartbroken in a way. I then cleaned up the mess, almost in tears, and thought about my recovery schedule and how long I would be out of action. I didn’t want to be out of action for too long, because in my experience the ligs start to really toughen up after a couple weeks of inactivity. I thought that I would give my penis a week off, and then try to do a single set in a week’s time. Well, I just tried to do the set about a half hour ago. I lasted about two minutes. I could tell something was wrong, it didn’t feel right. When I removed the hanger there were around 20 blue/black spots on my penis head. And so here I am. Unfortunately, I think I might be finished with vaccuum hanging. The penis simply cannot withstand the pressure when you hang with heavier weights. At 14 pounds, I had to reduce my sets to 15 minutes because I could not tolerate the pain. Not to mention the fact that blisters could easily form if I went the full 20 minutes. The bottom line is that vaccuum hanging is only safe up to I would say 10 pounds. You can try and push it to about 15 pounds if you’re lucky. But hanging any more than 15 pounds is just asking for an injury. My advice to those considering purchasing a hanger would be to go with the Bib. That’s not to say that vaccuum hanging is ineffective. It clearly works, you just have to be super careful. I will always remember my vaccuum hanging days fondly, and I’m so happy to have gained even .75 inches. But I have not yet reached my goal of 7 NPB length, and so there is more work to be done. If you’re after extreme gains, you will have to eventually switch to the Bib anyways, even if you started out with the vaccum hanger. At this point, I will probably purchase a Bib Starter and continue to hang. Or I’ve considered buying a vaccuum pump and see if I can get length gains that way.
Did you get your “lig” gains yet? Those come pretty quickly, and in the SD or BTC positions.
The rest are shaft gains.