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What is Jelqing? How to Jelq to a Bigger & Harder Penis! – PEGym

The jelq is the backbone of every other penis enlargement exercise floating around on the Internet. If your goal is to improve the size and hardness of your penis, the jelq is the place to start!

Scroll down to learn more about the jelq. What is jelqing? How do I do it? Does jelqing really work? How does it increase my penis size and hardness? And much more!

What is the Jelq?

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  • A penis enlargement exercise – Men have added up to 2 inches in length and girth, with dedicated  jelqing exercise routines.
  • A “milking”-like motion – Jelqs are done for 5 – 20 minutes a day, 2 – 5 days a week.*
  • A safe exercise – When performed correctly, with proper warm-up and cool down and not overdone, jelqing is completely safe.

How to Get Started Jelqing

Basic jelqing involves a four-step process accomplished in a simple,jelq infographic fluid motion. * Note: Do not start jelqing until you read all of the important jelqing FAQs, warnings, and tips below. You can find more detailed jelqing instructions on our How to Jelq page.

How to Jelq Step-by-Step:

  1. LUBRICATE: Before you start jelqing, lubricate your penis with baby oil, vaseline, Enlargel, or another penis lubricant (see the list below).

  2. ERECTION LEVEL: Bring your penis erection level to 50 – 75 percent by slightly stroking your penis. The penis should be relaxed enough that it’s easy to push blood through it. Never perform jelqing exercises with a full erection.

  3. OK-GRIP: Use your thumb and main pointer finger to form an OK-grip (see the guide above for an example).

  4. START AT BASE: Place the grip around the base of your penis, as close to your pubic bone as you can.

  5. MOVE UP: With light pressure on the grip, slowly move it up your penis. The ideal jelqing pressure is one that does not hurt, but effectively pushes blood up the penis.

  6. STOP BEFORE GLANS: Stop the grip directly before it reaches your glans. You have just completed one jelq! Each jelq should take approximately 2 to 3 seconds.

  7. REPEAT: Once you’re done with one jelq, take your other hand and repeat the jelqing process.

You can find more jelqing videos on our Jelq Video page or our Jelqing Table of Contents.
4 Steps to Basic Jelq

Does Jelqing Really Work?

A question we often get asked is:


“Does jelqing actually work? I mean does the jelq really enlarge the penis?”
The answer is . . .


Yes! Yes, jelqing works for penis enlargement!

Though medical institutions have not devoted research to studying the effectiveness of jelqing, a number of certified professionals have, including Dr. Richard Howard of Additionally, thousands of men in our penis forums have reported success with dedicated jelqing routines.

Dr Howard jelqing Quote

What is a Good Basic Jelqing Penis Enlargement Routine?

Following is a basic jelq routine, perfect for those beginning penis enlargement. For more advanced routines, check out our Jelqing Exercise Table of Contents for a variety of more advanced jelqs.

Do the following routine 2 to 3 times a week to start. Shoot for every other day at first, then advance toward five days on, 2 days off.  If you exceed five sessions a week, you will go blind. (We’re kidding!)

5 minutes Warm Up
5 minutes Penis Stretches
10 minutes Basic Jelq
5 minutes Warm Down

Stronger Erections Means it’s Working!

Like all exercising, your penis gets bigger and harder by adapting to the stress of the jelqing exercise. To keep the growth, you’ll have to gradually increase the intensity overtime.


What Erection Level Should I Jelq at?Start Jelqing With a 50-75 Percent Erection Level

Start jelqing with a 50 – 75 percent erection level. Erectionerection hardness scalepercentages are approximations.

  • Don’t get hung up on exact figures.
  • Think – jelqing between a Level 2 (peeled banana) and Level 3 (unpeeled banana), per the EAU Erection Hardness Scale.
  • The point is to avoid full erections when jelqing initially, until you build up to it.

Why can’t you start off with a full erection? You don’t go to the gym the first day and start by lifting 300 lbs, do you? It’s the same thing for jelqing. However, with jelqing it’s not your back which will give out!

How Do I Warm Up or Cool Down with Jelqing?

Again, let’s use the bodybuilding analogy. Warming up before you exercise and cooling down afterward both help you prevent injury and ensure you get the most from your workout. The same is true for penis exercises like jelqing! Warm up your penis for roughly 5 to 10 minutes before you jelq to get it loose and ready for more strenuous exercise.

Here are some great ways to warm up before yourBathmate jelqing routine:

  • Wrap a warm hand towel or washcloth around your penis.
  • Take hot shower.
  • Use a heating pad.
  • Use a warmed up rice-filled sock.
  • Use a Bathmate penis pump.

The Bathmate is a penis pump you can use either in or out of the bath or shower, and is great for not only warming up, but increasing penis size as well. Many men have reported success by adding it to their jelq routine.

What Lubricant Should I Use to Jelq?

Lubricants can help you get the most from your jelqing routine by reducing fiction. There are a variety of lubricants on the market (as seen in the chart below). However, never use shampoo or body soap as a lubricant, as the scents can become an irritant to the delicate skin of the penis. 

lubricant chartWhat is Dry Jelqing?

martiniThe Dry Jelq, or jelqing without lube, may cause some chafing but it’s easy to do in discrete places like the shower and requires less clean-up time. The process for dry jelqing is the same as the basic jelq.

Dry Jelq Tip: Try using a lighter grip than when you jelq without lube, to help prevent chafing when you dry jelq.

Come on, Baby, Just the Tip(s)!

The Proper Jelqing Angle –

The angle you use to jelq depends on which part of the penis you want to stretch. Jelq down to stretch the ligaments downward while jelqing (which also increases length). It’s recommended you change it up to stretch the penis and ligaments in all directions – down, up, left, and right are all variations on the basic jelq.

Jelqing Stroke Time –

Start by jelqing at a rate of about 3 seconds per stroke. As you advance, you increase the stroke time to between 5 and 10 seconds, for a more intense jelq. You can also do a quicker jelq (1 to 2 seconds per stroke), to keep the penis guessing, much like muscle confusion workouts in bodybuilding.

Change Up the Grip –

To ensure you’ve evenly jelqed the entire circumference of your penis, don’t be afraid to change the positioning of your OK-grip. Change from the standard, palm up grip, to the overhand OK-grip, with your palm down. Or rotate the grip slightly to the left and right throughout your session.

Avoid Over and Under Training –

Over training can lead to injury. Think about it. If you had just started running and had only had a few runs under your belt, if you went out and ran 15 miles, chances are you’d be incredibly sore the next day. Or worse! You could really do damage to your body! The same is true of over training with penis exercises. It’s not worth an injury from a too intense or too long session. You can also over train by not taking sufficient rest days. Under training, by doing the same routine day-after-day, or not working out enough will also mean not-so-stellar results.

Jelq Variations

There are several variations you can try to maximize your gains. These include:jelqing variations

What are Jelqing Devices?

Power J Jelq ToolJelq simulators such as the Jelq Device are devices designed to assist jelq deviceyou with your jelq routine. Jelq simulators are great if you have issues with hand strength and help ensure you have even pressure on your penis. Check out our article What are the Benefits of a Jelq Simulator for more details about jelqing devices.

Jelqing FAQS

How does jelqing work?

pros and cons of jelqing

Jelqing works by forcing blood through the penis, which is made of 50 percent smooth muscle. This force increases the internal pressure and creates micro-tears in the smooth muscle and other tissues.

Just like building muscle in any other part of your body, through this controlled damage and then rebuilding, the smooth muscle grows. With the penis, this results in increased length and girth.penis structure








How long will it take to see results from jelqing?

Everyone is different, so how long it takes you to see results depends not only on the effort you put into your jelqing routine, but also your own person physiology. Some members have reported seeing flaccid results in just a couple of weeks, while other report measurable results in four months.

Most men begin to see results in the first month. However, if you haven’t noticed results after 2 to 3 months, we recommend talking to a penis exercise professional on our forums.

Are jelqing results permanent?

The best news? Your penis enlargement results from jelqing are permanent! You’ve created that new tissue, through the process of jelqing, and it’s yours to keep and enjoy.

This is due to the fact that every time you get an erection you’re getting light penis exercise, so it’s easy for your penis to maintain the gains. Just make sure you do a cementing routine and get plenty of erections – remember: use it, or lose it!

Is Jelqing Safe?

worried jelqing effectsIf you follow basic precautions, like warming up before you begin to jelq, listening to your body cues, and avoiding over training, then jelqing is completely safe.

However, as with any exercise, you may experience some less than desirable side effects if you jelq incorrectly, don’t warm-up or over train by doing too many reps too quickly or jelging at too high of an intensity, before your body is ready for that intensity level.

These side effects may include:

  • The Baseball Bat Effect
  • The Donut Effect
  • Red Spots or Discoloration

The Baseball Bat Effect

With the Baseball Bat Effect, the penis begins to look like a bat, with the head becoming the biggest part of the penis. The best thing you can do to prevent the Baseball Bat Effect is to jelq properly. Also, when you jelq, make sure you are jelqing your entire penis – not just the upper part of the shaft. Start at the very base of your pubic bone and stop directly before the head.

The Donut Effect

The donut effect can happen after long or intense jelqing sessions. During this time, fluid is pushed toward the glans, collecting in a ring just below the glans, looking like a donut. For uncircumcised men, this usually results in the foreskin swelling. In both cases, the swelling is only temporary and will go away after a few hours.

Red Spots or Discoloration

One of the most common side effects of jelqing are reddish spots or dots appearing on the penis. These spots are the result of tiny burst capillaries and usually go away within 24 to 48 hours. However, this is a sign you were not properly warmed up before jelqing or built intensity too quickly. Take it easy next time, Buck Rogers, and everything will be OK.

The Verdict

Many men have made penis enlargement and increasing their penis health a goal. From all the options available to men, penis exercises, like the jelq, have proven to be the most dependable and successful way to reach those goals. There is no magic fix to instantly show gains, but if you dedicate yourself to jelqing and penis exercise education, safe and successful results can be achieved.

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