Jelqing Exercise: Quick Guide

Jelqing is a manual penis enlargement exercise that does not require any devices or machines. It involves squeezing the penis with 2 fingers and stroking it from the base, away from the body. The technique is similar to the concept of “milking” a cow.jelqing-is-similar-to-milking-a-cow

Jelqing is considered the most traditional and basic penile enlargement exercise. It is popular among beginners as well as advanced men in the PE community.

How to Jelq?

Preparation and warm up before you begin:

  • Recommended: get in a warm shower or bath. Warm water relaxes your muscles and softens your skin.
  • Optional: apply a lubricant. You can use soap if your penis is already wet. Use oil, lube, moisturizer, or cream outside of the shower. You can try dry jelqing if you are uncircumcised.
  • Bonus: you can use a special cream like Bathmate Maxout (released by the same company that manufactures the penis pump).
  • Get your penis 70% erect. Not completely hard, but also not entirely soft. You need to be able to push blood through it.

ok-gestureHere are the basic steps to complete a single jelq:

  1. Make the OK finger gesture.
  2. Grip fingers around the penis close to the base of the shaft.
  3. Squeeze lightly and slowly slide your hand down – this should take around 3 seconds.jelqing-movement
  4. Untighten your grip as your hand is sliding over the head of your penis. Do not squeeze the glans.
  5. Release your hand
  6. Repeat all steps.

It does not matter whether you put your hand over the penis or under it, as long as the thumb and index finger surround the shaft. Find the hand position you are most comfortable with. It is also good to alternate.

Instructions on how to jelq        Instructions-included-with-Bathmate-Maxout

Avoiding Skin Pull

It is up to you whether you want to stretch your skin or not.

Some men prefer more skin over their glans. Others want to focus more on the penis shaft alone. Some skin pull is actually considered good because it helps to add “thickness” to your penis.

To avoid skin pull:

  • Use more lubricant
  • Hold your other hand at the base of the shaft to pull your skin back
  • Use a softer grip
  • Get your penis more erect


You should jelq 4 or 5 times per week. It is nice to take a day’s break from time to time to allow the muscles and blood vessels to recover.

Throughout your session, stroke your penis continuously without stopping. If your hand gets tired or your penis gets sore, take a break for a minute, then continue. Each session should not last longer than 15 minutes. 10 minutes per session on average is ideal.

During your shower, or immediately after you get out, your penis muscles will be more relaxed. At that time, jelqing will be more effective and more enjoyable.

If you are using a pump or an extender, always jelq when you finish using the device. Do it for (at least) a few minutes to massage your penis and redistribute the blood evenly.

Below is a sample routine you can follow. It follows our recommended “2-day break per week” advice.

  • During your shower, use a penis pump (see our top choices). See our beginner routines designed specifically for penis pump users on this page.
  • Immediately after your shower, jelq.
  • Put on a penis extender (like PHALLOSAN) and wear it overnight while you are sleeping.
Pumping Jelqing Overnight extender
Monday 15 minutes 10 minutes 8 hours
Tuesday 20 minutes 15 minutes 8 hours
Wednesday Rest
Thursday 15 minutes 10 minutes 8 hours
Friday 15 minutes 10 minutes 8 hours
Saturday 20 minutes 15 minutes 8 hours
Sunday Rest

If your sessions are shorter than 10 minutes, you can jelq twice a day.

On the day before my rest-day, I exercise a bit more. This is just a personal preference.

Signs of a Successful Session

Not every jelqing session needs to be effective. This is normal. Here are some signs of a successful session:

  • At the end of each jelq, the glans should be slightly harder from the blood that moved up.
  • At the end of your session, the color of your penis head should be slightly darker.
  • The area of the shaft closer to your pelvic bone should be slightly lighter.
  • Overall, the penis should appear bigger and slightly redder.
  • Your pee hole should be more puffed up or swollen.

Most of the signs mentioned above are indicators that blood has been pushed up your penis. This is the main goal of this exercise.


As you jelq, you stretch and massage the veins in your penis. This allows for better blood flow. With better blood flow, the following benefits come:

  • Harder and stronger erections
  • Easier to attain and maintain erections
  • More stamina during sex
  • Increased penis size

Length vs. Girth gains

All jelqing exercises increase both your penis length and girth.

  • For better length gains, you should jelq with a slightly less erect penis. Around 50 to 70% erect.
  • For better girth gains, jelq with a harder penis. Around 80% erect. Also, read about other girth enlargement exercises.
  • Never jelq 100% fully erect.


results-before-and-afterYou can expect to gain at least an inch in length and half an inch in girth after 8 months of jelqing alone.

Achieving better results is very possible. However, the gains you can get when combining PE devices (pumps and extenders) are a lot larger.

It is hard for me to measure my gains with jelqing alone because I always combine it with other tools. However, I did experiment with jelqing on its own for 1 month. I found that I gained 0.2 inches. This is great because I usually lose some of my gains when I take a long break without any exercises at all.

Also, note that I am an advanced user. It is easier for beginners to see gains faster.[1]

Gains are not permanent. You need to maintain at least some level of exercise – similar to any muscle you build in your body. This is not too difficult because jelqing once or twice a week would be enough.

For the specifics of a test ran by another user, see this chart.

Safety Tips and Dangers

Jelqing is meant to be a light and relaxing exercise. It is generally safe, and there should not be any adverse side effects. Follow these tips to prevent injury or soreness in the long-run:

  • DO NOT grip too tightly.
  • DO NOT force blood up your glans.
  • DO NOT squeeze the glans.
  • DO NOT jelq too quickly. Let some of the blood flow back down.
  • If you feel pain, STOP.
  • You should not ejaculate during the process.
  • Fully-erect jelqing is dangerous and ineffective. It is not an “advanced technique” like some guides claim.
  • If you see red or purple spots on your penis, take a break for a few days. It is not dangerous. It means you exercised intensely without warming up and broke some blood capillaries.[2]

Specialized Devices

Penis Massager DeviceSome companies created specialized jelqing devices and machines. Those simply mimic your hand movement and finger shape. There is no added benefit.

Improper use can also cause additional irritation because the machines use plastic, while manual jelqing rubs your skin using a natural way.

We do not recommend using any tools for this exercise.

You can also try a V Jelq (see this guide). It is done by doing a V shape with your fingers, rather than an O. Some users claimed it to provide better girth gains.

Write a comment below with your experiences and reviews of this exercise.


  1. Wessells, H., et al. “Penile Length in the Flaccid and Erect States: Guidelines for Penile Augmentation.” The Journal of Urology, vol. 156, no. 3, Sept. 1996, pp. 995–97.[]
  2. “Purple Mark on Penis?” Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University, 1 June 2015.[]

Leave a Comment:

B. Baggins says April 15, 2024

Does jelqing have any bad side effects, such as blindness or hairy palms? I’m afraid my priest may not provide an approval.

Herstelle says February 14, 2023

May I ask I heard some people do a partial mini jelq excercise where they warm the penis. Then start jelqing by doing a helicopter stretch, then doing the actual jelq while flaccid . Will this still work?

Standard says June 9, 2022

To you young guys, start this now and make it a regular part of your life. Women love to feel “full” during sex. Length strength and girth mean you can give her vaginal g and a-spot orgasms. But YOU gotta take care of you first.

John Anderson says July 18, 2021

Thanks guys! This is the best article I’ve read on the proven technique of jelqing.

Anonymous says June 12, 2018

How old should you be to start doing this?

    Lucas Owenby says June 13, 2018

    Since it is a simple stretch, you can start it as soon as you get erections. Around 14 years old even.

Brandon says January 14, 2018

Hi, I began jelqing 2 weeks ago, and I am curious whether I’m going in the right way. I warm up and use lubricant. I’m curious how strong I should squeeze right under the glans.

Also, I feel like I tend to have too much skin pull. Maybe that’s because I’m little fat and the flesh around my penis naturally gets pulled when I jelq. I wanna get advice whether I’m doing it wrong or I’m just worrying too much.

I don’t feel pain or find negative body clues, but I’m just not sure about the right way to jelq.

Jong says January 9, 2018

If you did Jelqing and experienced an ED problem. How long should it take to heal before you get back your hard erection?

Danny says January 7, 2018

Hi. Will jelking help/work for a person who is nearly 60 years of age?

rofoss says December 6, 2017

Thanks for the article, and sharing your experience with us.
I tried jelqing and actually it is great, I would recommend it to every guy.

Steve says November 5, 2017

I use an eye bolt with some nuts for glan weight. Using penis muscles and a semi or hard erection move up and down. No hands. Works great with girth.

kingsley says October 15, 2017

Can one take Viagra to jelq? Would it be effective?

    Lucas Owenby says October 15, 2017

    Viagra would give you a full erection. Which would make jelqing dangerous and ineffective. Overall, I would not recommend it.

Gorilla says October 9, 2017

Thus, masturbating affects growth.

antony says June 4, 2017

I don’t have a shower or bath tub in my home to use the Hydromax pump. I use only 2 buckets of slightly warm water (since the climate is hot) and a mug to pour water over my head and body. Will the Hydromax pump work under these circumstances?

Anon says March 12, 2017

Can you do this if you aren’t circumcised?

    Lucas Owenby says March 12, 2017

    Yes, just hold your other hand at the base of the penis to help with skin pull.

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