On Day 75 I increased to 35 sets per hand.
No more weird qigong sensations. Training has been going well. It’s still exciting and fun. Not much to report at this point other than “things are going well.”
It’s hard to believe it’s been 80 days since I started.
Closing in on that 100 days milestone. I think I heard something about a 100 days protocol that was supposed to give you iron palm after 100 days. I don’t know if that was real or not or if it was some harder form of iron palm that might produce results more quickly but at the price of not being as safe for your hands.
It seems that my hands are getting tougher. I remember the way it felt on the first day and now when I hit (drop my hands on) the bag it doesn’t “hurt” as much. It never hurt before, really, but I feel it less now. I suppose that means I am making progress. I’ll probably progress to the next bag at some point in the future. The next bag is full of gravel.
I also wonder if this bag (the one with mung beans) will need to be replaced at any point. I imagine the beans are getting smashed up a bit. It still feels good to me, though.
On day 51 I increased the reps to 30 per hand.
Training was uneventful except for today which is why this entry is titled “day 51-62”. Remember that weird sensation I described on day 47? It happened again. It grew stronger faster this time. It felt like my arms were submerged in water and waves were pouring over them. It continued to get stronger as I continued to do qigong. It didn’t hurt at all, but it was getting very, very strong, almost to the point where I was about to start getting worried and maybe stop the qigong.
Again, I’m a skeptic. This could’ve just been a sensation from increased blood flow expanding the blood vessels or something. Or maybe the position I had my arms in was causing some weird feedback or something. I’m not so sure I was feeling increased qi or anything but I see why, if older, less-scientific generations of martial artists had experienced this, they may have thought it was some sort of energy. I’m still trying to keep my mind open, however.
The training is going well. My hands are feeling good. No stiffness, no soreness, and I still have that increased awareness type of feeling I was trying to describe earlier.