As CT stated, a program is not bad as long as it is not irrational. I would not say that HST is irrational. I would say that it has too many flaws for my liking.
As stated above, it carries with it, the flaws of all TBT routines. I believe TBT routines are best suited for:
- Olympic lifting
- Off season S&C programs
- Busy folks who want general fitness
- Beginners in any area of strength training, including bodybuilders
Notice that I did not put bodybuilders on this list. Yes, some bodybuilers of the past did well on TBT or A/B programs. However, aside from some top guys using DC programs, which really is an A/B program (splitting the bodyparts into two separate workouts), NONE or NEARLY NONE of the top amateur or elite bodybuilders are training their bodyparts less than once every 5 days, and this is the minimum.
Most train each bodypart every 6 to 7 days. Most or NEARLY ALL split their muscle groups over 4 days. Most train only 2 to 3 bodyparts per session.
I am saying this because I believe that if one wants to be successful, they might as well follow what successful people do and will therefore be successful as well. The same goes for bodybuilding.
As CT has stated many times as well, you do a lot of work for a muscle infrequently or you can do a little work frequently. So while it might seem like its OK to do a little work frequently for each bodypart within a TBT program, there are so many muscle groups to train in each session that the ones trained halfway to later in the workout will receive sup par stimulation.
And being that you are training three times per week, it still leaves less workout time for each muscle group if you are planning on doing isolation exercises.
I think Bryan is a VERY intelligent guy and definitely has some good ideas behind his program. He once stated that his program is THE fastest way to gain size. I don’t know about that.
A properly planned program with infrequent training could produce great results as well. Besides, you can only really gain 1/4 to 1/2 half pound dry muscle per week if you do everything perfect. And there are a whole lot of guys doing that with traditional splits.
I will also state that HST is not just about TBT training. He does have you detrain enough so that when you come back to training, you can use sub maximal weights for specific rep ranges and STILL grow. Its very planned and methodical and will allow you to grow because of such planned progressive overload.
Me, I rather just crack away at the weights; work up through a rep range, say 6 to 10, then raise the weight and fall back down to 6 to 8 reps again for each exercise. This is how many greats did it. Its the way my biggest bodybuilding role model did it, Dorian Yates. [/quote]
You made some good points, way better than saying “bodybuilders do that, so its the only way”… But one thing that people should keep in mind is that most people are not bodybuilders, just because one trains for more muscle and less fat, it doesnt make him a bodybuilder.
I’d consider a bodybuilder someone who competes in bodybuilding or a huge individual that could compete in bodybuilding but doesnt (i run sprints but i’m not a sprinter right?).
I found full body workouts work well for those who want to put on some muscle while staying lean with a less than perfect(clean) diet, if someone wants both the strength and size as well the conditioning (staying “in shape”) from weights is also a good option.
But my point is that people can get some good results from it in terms of size and strength because: first they havent reached the level of development of a bodybuilder that could demand more volume etc…per workout, second they probably dont even want to get in this level.
If we talk about bodybuilders its another story, some in the past used tbt routines with great results, no bodybuilder uses it now… but honestly i dont know how it would work, i’m not a bodybuilder, and i have never trained one.