Why is hanging heavy from the start bad
Long time lurker and have decided to get serious recently. I made a bib hanger a while back and can comfortably (no pinching sensations) keep it on with 12lbs for the full 15 minute sets. I made it over 4 years ago and fooled around with it then, and decided now that YES I do want a bigger dick (I now have a thing for rihanna and kind of want to show that non black guys can pack some firepower too ;) . Her “rude boy” music video inspired me of all things! LOL.). Like today was my first day and I had no problem doing 3 15 minute sets with 12lbs and doing golf weights for 4 hours afterwards.
So my question is, why not start heavy instead of at 5lbs the first month, 7lbs the second month, and so on?
Is it solely to prevent injury? I mean, the ligs themselves are never going to rip unless there is some underlying condition. And if they do rip, even better! (But not going to happen unless you go into the excess of 100+ lbs or add the component of sudden acceleration)
I am also aware of the fear that the ligs will become too strong with heavy weights at the get go, thus, requiring a herculean effort to stretch the ligs later on, but this simply doesn’t make sense to me for what we are trying to achieve. Why not just gain from the start and continue gaining by never letting it fully heal? I am currently a med school student who has taken anatomy too many times and I know 1. Ligaments heal very slowly, and 2. Ligaments suffer from plastic deformation (that is, once they are stretched past a certain point, they are permanently deformed). So my argument for heavy weight from the start in regards to the 2 points above is:
1. If ligs heal slowly, and you are constantly applying a stressor daily (essentially nullifying healing that is going on), then why be so concerned with this idea that your ligs in your penis will become super ligs? (Btw, they won’t. It’ll just become a small percentage stronger. Pitchers in the major leagues can’t pitch faster than approx 100 miles per hour because their ligs will snap at that high end force. Even with “strengthening exercises” these ligs can only support 3-5 mph increase max for especially talented throwers. It’s the intrinsic quality of the ligament that can hardly be changed. Sprinters on the other hand get faster every year because the intrinsic strength of their ligaments are hardly challenged by the forces their leg muscles generate, which is why if you give a sprinter steroids his or her times will improve with no danger of ligs snapping. Their muscles can “grow into” their ligs. On the other hand, if you give steroids to a pitcher, his fastball will still be 100mph) My point with that example is that ligs are as strong as they are ever going to be (do not confuse them with tendons), plus or minus a few percentage points. Ligs are not like muscles where they get stronger from working out or weaker from zero gravity. Ligaments simply provide a framework (mostly bone to bone). If you shoot a man into space, his ligs will largely remain the same. Aging weakens ligaments. You keep them healthy with exercise NOT because of the forces that cause it to re-heal over and over again BUT because of the CIRCULATION of the blood around it that brings fresh nutrients to the ligaments.
2. About plastic deformation: so if a ligament requires a certain force to exceed the ligament’s elastic potential, that means anything under that “certain force” will have null effect as the ligament will simply return to it’s original length. So my thinking is: “why not just start out at 12 lbs (instead of 5lbs) and do an ADS for 4 hours after to cement the micro tears somewhat and do this daily?” Won’t this result in gains? If it DOESN’T result in gains, didn’t I just save myself several months of hanging 5,7,10lb weights off my member by doing it hard from the start?
So I don’t mean to be critical of the accumulated knowledge on this forum (cause sometimes experience does trump all else), but, honestly, I’ve read a couple posts where new hangers don’t gain anything at all in their months of hanging (!) and I’d rather find out in month 1-2 than 5-6 by starting off heavy.
I only want 1-1.5 inches added to my length. Hanging seems to be the sure way. I haven’t looked into jelqing too much cause it seems like a lot of work, but if I can gain an easy 1-1.5 inches doing other things, let me know as well. Thanks guys!
Last edited by HUNGry : 03-04-2010 at . Reason: grammar mistake