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15 December 2008
A basic jelqing routine for beginners
by George Atkinson

Aaron Kemmer, author of the book Exercising the Penis, believes that men who undertake a jelqing program to enhance the size of their genitalia are running the risk of injuring themselves because of a lack of important information.

"Men are grabbing details on purported jelqing routines from message boards and suchlike and then going at it full-steam. Often, the information is wrong and the men try and do too much too quickly," said Kemmer. "One of the reasons I originally wrote Exercising the Penis was to not only dispel the confusion surrounding penis exercising and jelqing, but also to lay out only the exercises that are safe and effective."

He added that penis enlargement does not occur overnight and requires a combination of several exercises to add more than one inch in length. Central to these routines, says Kemmer, is the simple jelq exercise which is often done incorrectly. "The jelq is the first exercise that most men use to enlarge their penis. When done properly, the jelq makes the penis healthier and harder - much harder. But it's easy to get it wrong and so many men overdo it. It's important to take it slowly."

To help our readers who may be starting out on a jelqing routine, Kemmer, who lectures in sex education at the University of South Florida, has kindly provided one of the basic jelqing routines from his book.

  1. Warm Up Before Jelqing

    You'll want to warm up before you begin jelqing. Whatever you do, do not skip this step. As one veteran exerciser says, "Warming up is a lot like foreplay. If you take the time to do it right, you'll get the results you want in a quicker period of time." Warming up involves applying heat to your penis for around five minutes. There are several ways to warm up. The most common ways include:

    1. Getting a warm heating pad and wrapping it around your penis.
    2. Using a wash cloth that's been dipped in hot water and applying it to your penis.
    3. Taking a hot shower and letting the water directly warm your penis.

  2. Apply Lubrication

    After you've warmed up, lather your penis with lubrication. Lubrication will allow you to effectively jelq your penis. The most common lubricants are baby oil and Vaseline.

  3. Get the Erection Level Right

    Once you've applied lubrication to your penis, it's time to get your blood flowing. You don't want an erection, but your penis should be somewhere between 50 and 75 percent erect. In other words, you want your penis to be semi-tumescent (between semi-soft and semi-hard).
    Whatever you do, don't jelq with a full-blown erection as it is dangerous!

  4. Grip Your Penis

    With either hand, use your thumb and pointer finger to create an OK-grip (if done properly, it looks as if you are giving someone the "OK" symbol). Place the jelqing grip at the base of your penis. You want the grip to be as close to your pubic bone as humanly possible.

  5. Jelq Away

    After the grip is in place, apply pressure to it and gently move it up your penis. The optimal pressure is light, yet effective at exercising the tissues within your penis. Make sure to stop the jelq directly before you reach the head of your penis (do not jelq the head). The entire jelq should take two to three seconds.

  6. Going and Going

    After you've done one jelq, take your other hand and repeat the process. You'll want to switch hands every jelq rep until you reach your desired number of reps. For the first few weeks, do no more than 150 jelqs per workout.

  7. Safety First

    Once you have the jelq down, you'll have to do the exercise on a regular basis to cause enlargement. That said, you shouldn't jelq every day - especially in the beginning. One penis exerciser said it best, "your penis needs time and rest to rest to recover from the workouts. If you don't give your penis enough rest, then jelqing stops becoming healthy and starts becoming dangerous." Other ways you can make sure your workouts stay healthy include:

    • Always warming up.
    • Be gentle with your grip and intensity.
    • Never jelq with a full blown erection.
    • Don't jelq the head of your penis.

You can learn more about jelqing safely and effectively along with 30 other penis exercises with pictures and workout routines in a step-by-step format in Kemmer's book, Exercising the Penis.

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