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By Dr. Jeff Ferrara

Updated on August 9, 2018

Jelqing performed on a dildo for demonstration.

Not the ideal size and you want to do something about it?

So you've heard about jelqing and want to learn it so that you can start gaining size.

In this guide, we're going to teach you exactly how to do jelqing - As well as all other important aspects of it.

What is Jelqing?

Jelqing is a shaft-stroking penis stretching exercise that trains the penis at the cellular level.

30 Second Jelqing Demonstration

Jelqing is incredibly easy to do as we demonstrate for you.

Jelqing is a basic exercise, which uses a firm, stroking motion to force nutrient-rich blood into the penis.

At the same time it trains the tissues of your penis, to increase size.

This is a simple, but effective, four-step exercise, performed while the penis is at a 50-75% erection level.

But a question most guys now have is: Does jelqing work?

Read this article to see how and why jelqing works.

How to Jelq

  1. Lubricate your penis with olive oil, coconut oil, or water-based lubricants.

  2. Form an OK-grip with your index finger and thumb, around the base of your penis.

  3. With a light pressure applied, slowly slide your fingers up the shaft of the penis over the course of 3-5 seconds.

  4. Stop and release your fingers when you reach the glans.

the steps on how to do jelqing
The steps on how to jelq.

One jelq rep can also be summarized in these two photos below:

the starting position for a jelqing stroke rep the ending position for a jelqing stroke rep
First squeeze. Then stroke upwards.

Jelqing Variations and Considerations

Use a Lubricant while Jelqing!

You should use a lubricant when doing jelqing.

Dry jelqing, which is jelqing without a lubricant is highly discouraged.

Why not?

  • It's harsh on the skin (rashes)

  • You don't get an even, clean sliding motion.

Lubricants You Should Use for Jelqing

  • Olive Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Water-Based Lubricant (Commonly used with sex toys)

olive oil coconut oil sex lubricant
Here are three possible ideas for lubricants for jelqing.

Warning: Never use soap as a jelqing lubricant.

If the soap gets inside your urethra opening then it will be very painful.

Also, soap doesn't actually let your fingers slide that well on the penis.

Here is a good recommendation for coconut oil based on quality, affordability and the PHALLOGAUGE team's personal experience.

Erection Levels and Jelqing

Generally, you want to maintain an erection level between 70% and 80% when you're actually doing jelqing.

Diagram showing the different erection levels for jelqing.
It is highly recommended to stay in the 70-80% erection hardness level range for jelqing.

For most guys, as they do their jelqing session, they will naturally get a harder and harder erection.

That's not surprising - jelqing actually feels good.

Maintaining a 70-80% erection level is slightly challenging because it requires you pay attention to your body.

Also, never jelq with a 100% full erection -- it's not necessary, and might actually reduce gains.

Basic Jelqing Routine

Jelqing is great because it doesn't cost any money.

However, it costs time and effort, and some focused attention.

Most guys typically jelq in their bedroom or if they live alone, pretty much anywhere in their house/apartment.

man sitting while jelqing
Your bedroom is the best place to jelq.

Here is the exact jelqing routine you should follow:

  • Do no more than 1 jelqing sesion per day.

  • Do at least 1 jelqing session per day.

  • Do 100 to 200 strokes (reps) per session.

  • Experienced jelqers can increase their stroke count to 500 or 700.

Jelqing Devices

jelqing device tool
The Penilizer is one device that can provide more force while jelqing.

We highly recommend the device pictured above which can be bought directly from us here.

Jelqing devices don't jelq your penis automatically, rather they provide more angles that you can hit your penis with.

This is because some may find it hard to stroke upward with the simple OK-grip. This jelqing device solves that problem.

applying an upward stroke on penis with jelqing device tool
This angle can only be well-trained with the Jelqing Device.

Notice how the upward stroke is much easier to hit.

This device can also give more leverage. The amount of tension you squeeze the handles with will apply more pressure to your penis than if you were to just use the OK-grip.

This can save you some energy and effort if you find normal jelqing to be tiring. This device can make it less troublesome.

This device can also give you more consistency with the jelq tension if you have a hard timing keeping a constant diameter with your OK-grip.

You still need to use a lubricant with this device as well. Don't dry-jelq even if you're using this tool.

The Single Biggest Jelqing Mistake That We Guarantee You're Going to Do

While jelqing is actually a really easy to get the hang of, there is a common, big mistake that all guys will make.

This mistake will cost you your girth gains results, and instead result in lots of frustration due to wasted time not gaining.

This mistake is none other than doing each jelqing rep for the full 5 seconds.

Why is this such a big mistake?

Well, consider what happens when you only take 1 to 2 seconds to do each rep.

This means that you're not really having the blood push outwards on your penile tissue for that long.

This doesn't give your penile tissues a chance to adapt and respond because it's as if the changes are temporary and negligible.

Think of this like when you're in the gym and you don't do a full-range of motion for the reps for whatever exercise you're doing.

For example, if it's a squat rep, you're not going as low as possible. Or if it's a shoulder press rep, you're not bringing the weights down as low as possible.

These are half-assed reps.

a girl not exercising very hard
If your intensity is too low - don't expect much results.

It's the exact same thing with jelqing - if you only take 1-2 seconds to do each stroke, then you're doing half-ass jelq reps.

It's easy to start getting into the bad habit of doing quick jelq reps (bad) because you get impatient or you're not paying it much attention because say you're watching TV.

Therefore, you have to form good habits when you're first starting out. We highly suggest going as far as timing each rep so that you can actually feel with your fingers and penis shaft roughly where and when your fingers should be when they're moving up the shaft.

Remember, if you don't correct this mistake now, you'll just be wasting lots of time in the future.

If you're confused why you need to do this, just go back to the balloon analogy above - you need to hold the penis in the "expanded" state as long as possible to train your tissues to adapt to it.

It is by this consistent training that provides you with girth gains.

The Pros and Cons of Jelqing

Pros (Advantages)

Jelqing is essentially free.

This is a huge advantage, because literally every man can start penis enlargement at no upfront monetary cost to them, whatsoever.

This low-barrier to entry means that anyone can get it if they work at it and there isn't a special "club" that only certain men have access to, like stock market insider secrets.

Jelqing primarily targets girth.

Majority of women prefer girth as it creates the physical pressure that stimulates their vaginal walls.

So if you need girth, do jelqing - it's that simple.

Cons (Disadvantages/Non-Idealities)

It requires about 20 minutes of effort every day.

A man frustrated with his penis enlargement routine.
Not everybody has the discipline. Do you?

So if you're one who can't keep to a solid gym-workout routine, or even simpler tasks like brushing your teeth every day, you're probably going to find it hard to stay disciplined with jelqing.

Unfortunately, results don't just come in one or two sessions - the major results come as a result of many many sessions, with all the small gains adding up.

Your ability to multitask is severely limited.

For example, you can watch TV or listen to music - pretty much anything that doesn't require your hands.

That's why it's limited multitasking.

However, listening to music or watching TV may help the session to feel like it passes by quicker, which is a plus.

But you can't operate a computer or do anything similar because you need the use of your hands for the exercise.

There are other penis enlargement methods that do not require your hands, however.

It requires 100% privacy.

Kind of another big point.

You can only do jelqing in the privacy of your bedroom (or house if you live alone).

Not ideal if you're in college with roommates. Bathroom stall might work - but it really depends on your logistics.

That's because you're physically have your pants off and you're stroking your penis - super exposed.

I bring this point up, because there are penis enlargement methods that allow you to stealthily do them in the middle of public - all without anyone noticing one bit.

It requires some clean-up.

This is a big one for guys who tend to be lazy.

Because you're using a water-based lubricant, you're going to have to wash it off when you're done. Unless you don't mind your crotch being sticky afterward.

I personally cannot stand the stickiness, so I have to wash my crotch after every jelqing session.

Again, for some this may not be a problem, but it's still something to consider, nonetheless.

Cleaning up after jelqing routine completed.
Most like to get clean off the lubricant after a routine because it's sticky (even water-based ones).
Cleaning lube off the floor after a jelqing session.
Jelqing always drips lube on the floor, which I have to clean-up.

In Conclusion

Jelqing is one of the "bread-and-butter" exercises for penis enlargement.

Not only that, but it is probably the easiest exercise to get started with, and one that is highly recommended for beginners who have never done any penis enlargement before.

Jelqing primaily targets girth, but can be used to achieve some length gains due to the naturally pulling motion of the exercise.

However there are much better options for length gains.

Regardless, spending about 15-20 minutes a day jelqing not only feels good, but the confidence you get from doing it will also rise - a crucial element that is commonly overlooked when it comes to having sex.

woman impressed by man's size after jelqing
Jelqing is the single-most important exercise to do for overall penile health and size.

Have you tried it? What do you think about jelqing?

If you're also interested in gaining length, you may be interested in our extender that thousands of men already use.

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