I have such a huge confidence in the jelq . Even after more than 2 years I still Jelq . daily. I have developed different versions of this exercise to facilitate different strategies but all and all I feel the basic jelq is perfect in it's purpose. I have currently took on a new workout (DRY/WET Combo) which I think is the best girth routine for me yet. So to answer your question I think the majority of my gains during the first year came from having and intense, solid jelq . routine. I think as time went on and the birth of the Blaster came about things changed for me and I started to depend on Blasters for length and jelqing (or exercises around the jelq ) I depended on for girth.