Thanks gmehne, I’m currently using meltdown and I’m sticking very tightly to the protocol - so no calves right now. But, they should be a little “deconditioned” by the time I get to them again.
Nick, sorry, I just saw your question. You know, it’s funny, I’ve had the same thoughts. HST is supposed to be more metabolically demanding than normal because you’re always healing damage (that’s the theory) - so doing it should be good for fat loss, if you take in the same calories, right? The theory’s there, but something is missing, 'cause it just doesn’t seem to work that way. It seems that strenuous workouts - that don’t cause significant microtrauma - are the best way to lose fat (both Joel’s Ripped, Rugged, and Dense and Alessi’s Meltdown operate with this principal).
HST is designed to add muscle mass. You can only benefit from HST if you’re taking in enough calories - moreso than other programs. Every workout, you’ll be giving the signal to your body to grow and every day it will be looking for metabolic permission to grow (enough calories).
What’s VERY weird about HST for me is that I did it using “the Poliquin diet” protocols and it worked very well for me - I was taking in about 3600 calories a day and gained muscle - and this was after changing from Massive Eating at 4500 calories per day (where I was maintaining weight).