I wouldn’t increase duration if you’re seeing gains with this pattern of work and rest. Increasing duration will decrease rest and increase toughening factors compared to the gains you’ve seen already. I always suggest try not to fix what is working. It saves you time and money. This is not just a PE Word of Wisdom.
Thanks for the advice TG. I appreciate you stopping by my thread. I’ve spent hundreds of hours reading about PE. I’ve read more threads start to finish than I care to admit. I completely agree with what you’re saying. I’m not naive enough to believe my hundreds of hours of reading is even close to comparable to your thousands of days of experience, but I believe I’m somewhat informed of the risks, and I do have a strategy.
Here’s my strategy:
- Do as much PE as possible WITHOUT:
- Impacting EQ in any way
- Causing injury or any other negative PIs
- Toughening the tunica
- Listen to my body and rest as much as required.
As mentioned earlier in this thread, my first month or so of PE was one long string of injuries and negative PIs. I believe I’ve learned to listen to my body, and I’ve incorporated a few things that have greatly sped up recovery time. However, toughening the tunica is still a major risk, which I am also making an effort to proactively address.
I am currently doing the following:
- LEDT (LED light therapy)
- 660nm red / 850nm infrared light therapy to precondition the penis and decrease recovery time (I still need to create a thread on the topic…)
- Androgen supplementation
- 11-keto DHT
- I am not expecting any direct growth here, but I believe this helps increase EQ and decrease recovery time. I am also taking them for other health and fitness reasons.
- MK-677 supplementation
- This causes my body to produce more IGF-1. I believe this may contribute to growth and decrease recovery time.
- DMSO, POTABA, and nascent iodine topical
- Anecdotal reports show this may help break down scar tissue, prevent fibrosis and toughening, and even contribute to gains
- Studies show DMSO can help stretch skin
- Other supplements to decrease collagen buildup & fibrosis and increase blood flow
I plan to add the following:
- This can greatly speed up healing
- This also has angiogenic properties that may directly contribute to growth
- This can greatly speed up healing
- This can also help stretch connective tissue
Now I do NOT believe there is some “chemical PE” magic bullet. I believe in dedication and putting in the work every day over an extended period of time. That said, I do believe there are various drugs and supplements that can help with health, fitness, and even PE. Obviously, these do not come without risk. However, I believe I have done adequate research and am prepared to accept the risk.
All of that said, I know I may STILL inhibit my gains. Perhaps my theory is wrong, and I will end up toughening my tunica even more and limit my gains long term. Based upon scientific research and anecdotal reports of others, I believe it is more likely that I will gain. This is a risk I am willing to take.
Here’s the way I look at it. Let’s say there are two options:
- For every 1000 hours of PE, I get 1 inch of gains (simple round numbers for the sake of discussion, not accurate timeframes).
- For every 1000 hours of PE, with supplementation, I can get 1.6 inches of gains, heal some old injuries, and be more effective in the gym.
Option 1 is tried and true. It is the safe bet.
Option 2 has inherent risks, and may even backfire and limit my gains long term.
I am making a conscious decision to choose option 2. It is the riskier of the two options, but I believe it is the right option for me for a number of reasons.
As you said: “I have a vision. I have disposable income and time. I will reach my goals. It is inevitable. I will not stop otherwise.” This resonates with me. I may have different methods of reaching my goals, but I will reach them. I will not stop until I do.
Thanks again for stopping by and giving your advice. I’m open to anything else you have to say, good or bad, and hope you’ll continue to drop by my progress thread.