Why Bib's LOT Theory holds water
Hopefully this thread will help people understand the basis for Bib’s LOT Theory and how it can help them to determine what angles of force are most efficient.
Bib’s LOT Theory:
The shorter, tighter or higher the ligs, the higher the angle required to lose ‘tugback’ when stretching the penis and kegaling at the same time.
The shorter, tighter, or higher the ligs, the more ‘inner’ penis, and the more quick, easy gains which are possible, and possibly the more total gains which are possible as the ligs are lengthened.
The longer, looser, or lower the ligs, the less ‘inner’ penis, and the harder the gains and possibly less total gains which are possible.
The longer time spent PEing, the lower the angle at which tugback is lost due to a lengthening of the ligs. This assumes PE is performed at lower angles, at least somewhat, by all subjects.
The less time spent PEing, the higher the angle at which tugback is lost because ligs have not been stretched.
For those with shorter, tighter, or higher ligs, a lengthening of the ligs correlates with a lowering of angle of tugback loss, and an increase in penis length.
What follows is my understanding of the basis for Bib’s LOT Theory. This comes from much reading of Bib’s descriptions of LOT as applied to men seeking his advise as found here on Thunders and on his Bib Hanger Support Site.
There are 4 spacial points to consider in developing this discussion. I will label them as follows:
Ligaments - There are actually two anatomical ligamentous processes, the suspensory ligaments and fundiform ligaments. We will combine them for the sake of this discussion as the ligaments. Both attach at Pubic Symphisis (PS). The suspensory ligament fans out in a vertical plane attaching the PS with the outer tunica. The
Fundiform ligament is a sling which wraps around the outer tunica. Both support the outer tunica by holding it against the PB.
It is very important for the sake of this discussion that one understands that both ligaments are more of a ligament fascia than a single bundle of elastic and collogen fibers. Talking about or modeling the ligaments like they are one homogeneous link is a gross oversimplification.
Tunica Anchors - This is the attachment of the inner tunica to the pelvic bone (ischial rami). It is anatomically referred to as the crura, but there are actually two identical processes called crus, each of which attaches on either side of the pelvic bone.
Glans - The glans is simply the end of the outer shaft.
Reference point - The reference point is used for the sake of discussion as the point along the tunica where the ligaments attach. On one side is the outer tunica and on the other is the inner tunica.
When a man kegels, the tunica is pulled back toward the anchors. This action is transmitted to the glans unless the reference point is held fixed in space.
So, while standing, when the outer tunica is made slightly taut and swung up such that it points in a 12:00 (straight up) position, the ligaments are collapsed along the PB such that the reference point can slide freely against the PB while kegeling. This movement when felt at the glans is called tugback.
As the angle of the outer tunica is moved toward 9:00 (straight out) the degree of tugback can be affected depending on the mans anatomy. For men with short, tight, or high ligament fibers which hold a large length of the outer tunica tightly against the PB, the reference point can be held fixed in space by the ligaments such that no tugback is felt at the glans when this man kegels. This mans LOT or Loss of Tugback is said to be 9:00 since this is the angle of the outer tunica.
Keep in mind that the inner tunica is still pulling against the reference point but this force is now being absorbed in the ligament fibers which attach the PB to the tunica anchors. Lets call these the target ligaments. This also suggests that there is some slack in the inner tunica between the anchors and the PB. These are potential gains referred to as lig gains.
If these target ligaments are made longer, then the lig gains can be realized as penis length gains. i.e. more inner tunica will be allowed to be expressed as penis length.
The most efficient manner in which these target ligaments can be stressed is to pull them in the direction which directs the entire force on their attachment points on the PB. This angle is referred to as the Between The Cheek) BTC angle. This is when a man pulls the outer shaft in the same direction as the tugback pull toward the tunca anchors. This can be achieved by standing and then reaching between your legs from behind and pulling on your outer shaft directly back. Your shaft would be BTC.
By pulling in the BTC direction, the ligaments are made to resist the pull force with the least amount of tunica involvement. This separation of target tissues is called divide and conquer. i.e applying the force over the smallest amount of ligament or tunica as possible in order to stretch them easier.
As one continues to stretch these target ligs in the BTC angle then more ligaments become involved. Even the ligaments that were not initially target ligaments get stretched in the BTC angle.
At some point, several other anatomical changes are indicated.
1) When the penis is flaccid, the exit point of the outer tunica from the body has dropped lower in the groinal region. This is a visual indicator.
2) The amount of inner tunica is converted to outer tunica. This indicator can be palpated as the distance between the shaft exit point and the point of convergence of the two crus. The inner tunica has a limit to how much can be expressed.
Eventually all of the ligaments are significantly long such that even when the tunica angle is 6:00 (straight down) there is no loss of tugback. This is because at the straight down angle the outer tunica is being pulled taut directly against the forward-most part of the tunica anchors. There is slack in the inner tunica so it moves but the kegel has no effect in moving the outer tunica. This is because the inner tunica is at 90 degrees to the outer tunica so the force cannot be transmitted into tugback.
Ok so all lig gains have been made. Now if further length gains are to be made the tunica has to be lengthened. Now that the ligaments have been made sufficiently long, the same divide and conquer strategy can be applied to the tunica. By pulling at angles with the least amount of ligament involvement, the tunica can be isolated.
Furthermore there are strategies which allow for the tunica to be further divided such that more force can be applied over a smaller number of tunica fibers.
These are the fulcrum strategies.
Years ago I plateaued and stopped gaining. I gained nothing during 6 months of very heavy work. I had never hung BTC, just SD and SO. I did not apply the LOT Theory at that time because BTC was very uncomfortable. I thought that SD was enough and ignored my LOT of 8:00.
I restarted my hanging last fall with BTC exclusively. I got used to the BTC angle and slowly worked up the level of weight. I have been gaining 1/8” per month BPFSL. I have gained 1/4” BPEL. Now my LOT is almost 6:00 so soon I will pursue tunica and fulcrum work and do maintenance lig work.