[quote]CU AeroStallion wrote:
hst works because they give you a template to follow with built in progression.
if everyone would follow some form of progression over the long haul, they’d all be seeing some form of gains.
it’s amazing how many people go into the gym and do the same shit week after week, month after month, year after year.
sure, you might go to failure and be “hardcore” but really you’re just maintaining what you’ve got. Unless you challenge the body to adapt, it won’t. End of story. Smart periodization and progression is a good way to keep the body challenged and adapting. If most lifters understood this, they’d be much better off.
if I remember right, HST is just linear periodization. not necessarily as effective as other methods, but it’s a hell of a start for the gym rat who’s been pushing the same iron for the last 15 months.[/quote]
All good points. And not to defend HST because if it didn’t work for some, then that’s fine. But it does take some tweaking for some and if you looked at the HST board, a lot of people have. But like Stallion said, it offers progression. Lyle said that’s why Bryan set it up that way, to give a starting point. All programs have to be individualized to a point. It also doesn’t have to be just three times a week. 2x works well, as does 4, but it has to be tweaked. It covers the basics of what is required of Hypertrophy, which is frequency and progressive overload. Hit a muscle often enough and increase the weight over time and provided that you are in a caloric surplus, you will grow.