Courtesy of PEGym.com's Aaron Kemmer Since the Internet boom, countless Web sites, companies and blogs have claimed that exercises like the “jelq” can make your penis bigger and harder. As crazy as it may seem, thousands of men have anecdotally reported that penis exercises do work, although not as effectively as the companies claim (Add four inches in two weeks. Who are they kidding?) The jelq is considered the cornerstone of penis exercising. The origin of the exercise is unknown, although some speculate it is an ancient Middle Eastern exercise. According to author Gary Griffin, Sudanese Arab fathers taught their adolescent sons how to jelq in an effort to prepare them for manhood. Regardless of where the jelq came from, penis enlargement doesn’t happen overnight and in most cases require a brigade of exercises to add more than an inch. One of the reasons I originally wrote Exercising the Penis was not only to dispel the confusion surrounding penis exercising and jelqing, but also to lay out the exercises that are safe and effective. The jelq is the first exercise that most men use to enlarge their penis. When done properly, the jelq also makes the penis healthier and harder. Much harder. Here’s a quick overview of how to make it happen. 1 - WARM UP BEFORE JELQING You'll want to warm up before you jelq. Whatever you do, don't skip this step. As one penis 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 roughly 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 hit 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 between 50 and 75 percent erect. In other words, you want your penis to be between semi-soft and semi-hard (whatever you do, don't jelq with a full blown erection as it is potentially 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, subsequently 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. SAFETY FIRST Once you have the jelq down, you'll have to do the exercise on a regular basis to cause growth. 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: Ü Always warming up Ü Be gentle with your grip and intensity Ü Never jelq with a full blown erection Ü Don’t jelq the head of your penis Just like exercising your muscles, how much you gain with jelqing and other penis exercises is largely based on how much you know. 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 with the new book, Exercising the Penis: How to Make Your Most Prized Organ Bigger, Harder & Healthier. Aaron Kemmer has given lectures to sexual educations classes at the University of South Florida and has written extensively about male sexual health and penile exercising. Mr. Kemmer's book is also available on http://www.betterman.com.