So I'd been doing a standard overload training for a while and was getting decent growth, but decided to try something totally new. HST gets some press on this site, but not much, so I thought I'd do a journal for it.
I'm 5'11", 160ish, 32, BF about 8-10%, and had been working out on a nice little 4-day rotation.
My HST plan is vanilla: Take my core exercises, do the standard 15, 10, 5, 5 rep plan for 2 weeks each, and then a week of strategic deconditioning, all as closely as I can to the plan on the HST web sites. I don't want to deviate at all from the published plan so my HST experience is as standard as possible.
I took about two weeks (during normal workouts) figuring out what my 15, 10, and 5 rep maxes were, and I did the math, scaling each back by 2.5 to 10 pounds per workout back down to the starting day. And I just took 4 days off to decon for HST.
I'm also bulking starting about a week ago, having increased my calories from about 2600/2800 to 3400/3800 (higher on workout days due to an extra shake and a slightly larger post-wo meal, plus a few extra carbs through the day). So I will put on weight (I've gained about 4 pounds in the last week), and hopefully some muscle will come with it. I was about 45/40/15, and I'm now eating about 35/45/20. Should be a good healthy bulk.
So I have a VERY good handle on my diet, and I've got a good (not expert, but good) understanding of HST.
Okay, next post will be the plan.
Thread: ZackMurphy's HST Journal