Spring is in the air… and at this time of year more than any other, our thoughts turn to our health.
It’s time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and sunnier days. It’s also time to do a little “spring cleaning” on your body.
That’s why this issue of the “Just For Guys” Newsletter includes:
- A.J. Alfaro’s thoughts on the effectiveness of the world’s most popular male enhancement exercise: the Jelq
- Mike Wonnacott’s 20-minute spring workout that will get you tuned up for summer.
- Dr. Z’s homeopathic sports injury remedies – in case all this springtime activity gets out of hand!
Enjoy… and happy spring!
To Jelq or Not To JelqBy A.J. Alfaro
Most penis enlargement training programs include the “jelq” milking exercise, and many men see it as a staple in their quests for growth.
The question is, just how effective is the jelq, and are there situations where you shouldn’t perform this exercise?
Limitations of the Jelq
It’s been my experience that a great proportion of trainees feel they must jelq in order to see penis growth – even if they’ve been training for weeks (or even months) with little to no progress.
While I believe the jelq to be a good exercise, once you hit the advanced levels, I personally believe it can be done away with in favor of other penis exercises and methods.
That’s not to say that you should drop the jelq if it’s working for you, but if it’s not working, you’re wasting time better spent on things that will.
The Jelq Addiction
The jelq, when compared to most other penis enlargement exercises, is a moderate intensity movement whose greatest advantage is its versatility and immediate feedback.
Most men get a great full penis “pump” from the jelq that few exercises can rival.
Another advantage of the jelq is that it works both length and girth at the same time (though it’s usually done as a girth exercise).
Small adaptations in erection states and use of lube can turn it into more of a length exercise (low lube, low degree of erection) or an almost pure girth exercise (high lube, high degree of erection).
Your Other Exercises Might Work Better
There are other exercises that target these goals much more directly.
The “squeeze” is an intense girth exercise that often yields much better results than the jelq, and can be done in a fraction of the time of most jelq routines. Other “squeezing exercising” includes the Uli, the Erect Squeeze, and the Compressor.
For lengthening, direct penis stretching exercises like the Tension Stretch put the full brunt of tension on the ligaments and even affect the tunica — all in a way that the sliding jelq exercise fails to do.
Other stretching exercises are similarly useful in obtaining length.
Another important point when comparing the jelq to other exercises is efficiency. As your penis adapts to the jelq, there’s going to come a point where you’ll need more jelquing to achieve the same results.
The prospect of doing jelq sessions of an hour or more doesn’t appeal to most guys (although some guys have made great gains with just this method).
What Happens When You “Over-Jelq”
Jelqing can also work against men who are committed to using it beyond its usefulness.
Very often I’ll prescribe a penis enlarging routine devoid of the jelq to a client, and when I get updates I’ll find that the client’s been sneaking jelq reps back into his routine — on top of what’s been prescribed.
As you can imagine, this usually results in little to no gains, and even injury from overwork.
This phenomenon occurs so frequently, in fact, that it was the inspiration for this article!
These men feel that by going off the jelq they’ll lose their gains.
They are not only addicted to the jelq, they are afraid to do without it.
I think it’s because the jelq is such a mainstay of most penile enlargement regimens that these guys feel as if they’re missing something if they don’t perform it.
To Jelq or Not To Jelq?
In the end, if the jelq is working for you and you enjoy it, feel free to keep using it.
But don’t be afraid to try new exercises in your quest for a bigger penis — especially if your routine has become too long from doing countless reps of the jelq.
And if a trainer suggests that you stop your jelqs for a while, he may have a good reason for doing so.
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Spring into a Summer Body — in 20 Minutes!By Mike Wonnacott
Ah, spring. The grass is growing, the birds are singing… And we’re beginning to realize that soon it’s gonna be time to bare our flesh on the beach.
Time to spring into action and wake your body up from its winter hibernation.
Here’s a quick 20-minute workout routine you can incorporate into your weekly activities that will remind your body and mind what exercise is all about.
Your 20-Minute Spring Workout
Okay, guys. This is the workout you can easily do in just 20 minutes. You can do it any time, any place.
And it will get you on the right track this spring so you’ll be happily shedding those outer layers along with your unwanted pounds by summer.
- Duration: 20 minutes
- Frequency: 4 days a week
- Intensity: All out!
- Location: Your local gym, living room, local park, or wherever…
- Equipment needed: Skipping rope
- Lunges: This leg exercise is a great all around body workout. Many people have no idea just how involved this exercise is.To start with, understand that the larger the muscle group being used, the more demand on the heart to pump blood to those muscles. What does this mean? You are raising your heart rate more, meaning more calories are being burned.Muscles used: Calves, groin, thigh, hamstring, glutes, core muscles like lower back and abs for balance.Reps: Do 3 sets of 12 repetitions on each leg.
- Push ups: Yep, that’s right, I said it: good old-fashioned push ups. Another highly demanding exercise that uses many muscle groups, causing that good old heart to pump faster.Muscles used: Biceps, triceps, and deltoids (shoulder muscles); upper, lower, and middle pectorals (chest muscles); and core muscles (lower back and abs) as well as upper back.Reps: Do 3 sets of 20 push ups.
- Skipping: Let’s go, Rocky!Skipping is a great way to get that heart rate up. You may not be training for a heavy-weight fight, but you still need to bust your butt!You want to get the most out of this 20 minutes, don’t you?Skipping between sets of exercises keeps the heart rate up in the fat-burning zone and also serves as a great way to get the lactic acid out of the muscles you have just concentrated on.
- Muscles used: Calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, deltoids, biceps and triceps… and your heart!Reps: Skip for warm-up and cool-down, and between sets.
Your suggested routine looks like this:
- Warm up: Skipping 2 minutes
- Set 1 – Lunges: right leg 12 reps
- Set 2 – Push ups: 20 reps
- Set 3 – Lunges: left leg 12 reps
- Set 4 – Skip 1 minute
- Rest 1 minute
- Repeat the entire routine.
- Repeat the entire routine AGAIN.
- Cool down: Light skipping 3 minutes
… And that’s all it takes to feel good about yourself this spring!
“Just For Guys” Fun Fact…
The average 175-pound man can bench about 135 pounds.
(Note: This includes guys who don’t work out at all.)
Homeopathic Relief for Sports InjuriesBy Dr. Z, ND
Sports injuries are a common occurrence in professional sports as well as in leisure time sporting activities. Overexertion, a wrong step or twist, a collision or strain can quickly sideline your training.
First Steps For Your Sports Injury
Before you do anything else, it’s important to have the injury diagnosed properly. First aid and treatment should be performed immediately after the injury occurs to ensure that you have a better chance of a full and complete recovery.
The first line of treatment for soft tissue injuries includes the RICER method. This type of treatment involves (R) rest, (I) ice, (C) compression, (E) elevation, and (R) referral for appropriate medical treatment.
Support mechanisms such as crutches, lightweight casts, or ankle, wrist, or finger braces may be required to immobilize the area and allow it to heal.
After you have been properly assessed and diagnosed or if the injury is minor, a number of homeopathic approaches may be helpful to speed up the healing process.
Even if the injury is more complex, such as a torn ligament, homeopathic methods can be used in addition to surgery to speed up the healing process.
Homeopathic measures are prepared by a process of serial dilution and shaking, known as potentization. They are labeled according to the number of dilutions involved to create the final product. For most injuries I recommend a 30 CH.
Here is a list of the top all-natural substances that every sports enthusiast should carry in their first aid kit.
Arnica is the number-one corrective for any kind of injury, especially involving blows and bruises to the body. Arnica stimulates the body to restore itself faster and has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects.
It can be helpful for falls, accidents, and collisions as well as for overexertion. If the body feels bruised and achy for any reason, arnica may help.
This includes less obvious scenarios such as a bad flu with a bruised and achy feeling all over, as well as different kinds of surgery.
This is a wonderful soother for injuries to the periosteum (the membrane that lines the outer surface of your bones), such as kicks to the shin during soccer, as well as many tendon and ligament injuries.
Sprains and strains with soreness of the tendons may be quickly relieved by ruta.
The injured person may complain about horrible stiffness in the muscles and tendons if they need this remedy. Ruta is often used after arnica in injuries, as the stiffness tends to set in a day or two after the injury.
This remedy may be needed if the injury is very painful because a nerve has been affected.
Hypericum is a great reliever for injuries to the tailbone, or coccyx, something that ice skaters and hockey players can be prone to.
It is wonderful for “crush injuries,” like getting your fingers caught in heavy equipment.
Hammer your thumb instead of the nail, anyone?
Rhus-tox can be very similar to ruta and may also be used for strains, sprains, and tendinitis. It is the number-one application for twisted ankles as well as frozen shoulder.
I have often used it for wrist injuries. The joint stiffens up with rest and is improved with gentle motion. It also tends to be better with warm applications.
With all of these remedies the usual dose is 2 pellets every 2-3 hours in the acute stage, then reduce to 2-3 times a day with improvement, and stop when the symptoms clear.
If your symptoms do not improve you may be using the wrong substance or have a more serious injury. Stop the measures and seek professional help.
See You Next Time!
Shape up your, uh, nether regions, along with the rest of your body, just in time for spring’s transition to summer. But watch out for those exercise-related injuries — especially in those nether regions! (Yeowch!)
Let us know what topics you’re burning to know more about. You can even ask our experts your most private men’s health questions — confidentially! — by going to JustForGuys.com.
We’ll try to answer YOUR question in an upcoming issue of the newsletter!
To better living,