What clamping tightness do you guys prefer? What do you think are the pros and cons of how tight the clamp is? What tightness gives you the best gains? Or what tightness do you use and how much have you gained from that style of clamping?
I have experimented with the whole range.
10 clicks, the full close, is conveniently the max for me. I can close it, but it’s a hard squeeze to get it closed. I only use it when I want an extremely tight seal that won’t leak, and stays hard. Can feel wrong sometimes, and also sometimes leads to spots. I use it rarely, but it’s what I use when doing an intense one-off IPR workout for example. Also think I can work length with this by making a really tight seal at the base, then adding a bunch of clamps all the way up the shaft. And there’s a head girth exercise I do with it as well.
9 clicks is what I use when I want a tight seal, it gets really hard, but might have some backflow. Never feels wrong. Will still go cold eventually. I still get full length, and I can do a lot of the same stuff I do at 10 clicks, but with less risk. However since there will be backflow, the sets are time limited at 9 clicks.
7-8 clicks is my bread and butter for squeezing and edging. Somewhere between the two is the line where I get continuous and “full” circulation, by which I mean the unit stays fully warm, and there’s no oxygen deficiency. Do most of my clamping in this range. The intensity of the squeezes at less overall pressure, so the workout can go longer. Also I think if I squeeze at 9, it just causes a lot of backflow faster, and I end up just squeezing with the same overall inflation, but less circulation.
5-6 clicks still get a clamp effect but it’s not as hard, but big and floppy, and shorter. I get my best girth readings at this range, just edging around 6 clicks. I think some of this extra girth is fluid. Why there would be more fluid at lower tightness I can only guess. I don’t use this range much, maybe I should though.
All my clamps have two layers of neoprene glued to the sides, and I’m at 4.8” EG currently.
Before 5.5" x 4.1" ///////// Now 7.4" x 4.9"