A New Track
I keep thinking about the guy I knew who gained 2” EL in less than a year doing only jelqing, SO stretching, & hot wraps. He mentioned nothing about Fulcrum Stretches, A-Stretches, Horse440’s, Pan Rolls, V-Stretches, BTL Stretches, fowfers, clamps, erect jelqing, erect twists, etc., etc. Yet, he gained nearly double the length I’ve gained, and in far less time. Indeed, he actually quit PE at his wife’s insistence – not because his gains had dried up (I don’t think I could’ve done that, to be honest).
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the former Soviets trained their world-class athletes (who’ve obviously enjoyed unprecedented dominance at the Olympic games and world championships for decades). While they often used rotating batteries of exercises – breaking down each movement into smaller & smaller components, then targeting those individual components with those rotating batteries – they were also very big on load manipulation (i.e., Conditioning – Superconditioning – Deconditioning).
I’m wondering if this approach doesn’t hold promise for PE. And I keep thinking of Dino’s recent and astute comments:
>> “I feel like going back to when I just jelqed at 70% I wonder if my gains slowed because my workout got so advanced. Sometimes I think jelqing was so popular for so long because it works better than anything….”
>> “Sometimes I think we are trying to reinvent the wheel, and the wheel is already perfect. Lets face the two things that have been around for the longest time are jelqs and hanging and maybe the reason is that they work the best.”
And I tend to agree that we have made PE way too complicated (not that advanced exercises don’t have a place for advanced trainees – but have we overdone it?). And what is our immediate reaction when gains slow down? We start reaching for the crazy advanced shit (just like I did). I believe that these movements tend to toughen the tunica too much – maybe even the tendons as well – making further gains that much tougher.
I’m really starting to believe that load manipulation holds a lot of promise. Adapting the Soviet approach for PE might look something like this:
Weeks #1-4: Moderately intense PE – pulling & jelqing with reasonable, not maximal, intensity.
Weeks #5-8: Very intense PE – pulling & jelqing vigorously, even maximally.
Week #9: Complete Layoff [Phase I of Deconditioning] – no PE at all
Weeks #10-12,13: Very light PE, low intensity & low volume (maybe only a couple minutes of jelqing & the same for stretching)…with no discomfort whatsoever, just a mild pump & that’s it [Phase II of Deconditioning)
This would be a 13-week cycle, totaling 4 per year. It would include 4 weeks of moderate PE, 4 weeks of maximally-intense PE, then a 5-week deconditioning phase (the 1ST week of which is a complete layoff).
There’s a lot of reasons justifying such an approach, and I’m going to begin it very soon – following about a 2-3 week layoff (because I’ve been abusing my unit for so long). I’ll meticulously track my workouts & my measurements.
If anyone else wants to try the experiment, and needs any clarification regarding specifics, give me a holler.
wad….soon to be released feature:
Wad II: The Return of Mighty Dong!
edit: One more point - it's not just intensity that's manipulated, but also workload (intensity*volume). These are also crucial factors, not just the strength of the jeqling & pulling. It's something I'm going to figure out during my 2-3 weeks of complete rest.
Last edited by wadzilla : 01-12-2004 at .