Hello, I am a beginner to lifting overall (and definitely HST).. I've been to gym sporadically over the past 4 months, but for purposes of this topic I can be considered to have zero knowledge in lifting or any of its jargons. I am 19 this year and would like to start off a HST program. I have read the FAQ Book and also HST for Dummies by EctoSquat. I intend to use the following workouts for my first try as suggested by EctoSquat: Squat Bench Press Stiff Legged Deadlift Bent Over BB Rows Seated Shoulder Press EZ Bar Curls Lying Tricep Extensions Standing Calf Raise With the exception of Squat and Bench Press, I don't really know what others mean. Can I substitute the upper body workouts ones I am familiar with, say Cables for triceps, and Dumbbell curls for biceps? From what I understand, I will have to spend the first week determining my Maxes: Monday: Determine 15RM Wed: Determine 10RM Fri: Determine 5RM After which I will take 9 days off for SD, before starting my actual first cycle? p/s: here's a pic of myself in current conditions.. would really want to make a change! I have no idea of the BF%.. What else would u guys suggest recording for the rest of my workout period? I am intending to cut my belly fats by starting on a cutting diet, would also need advice on that.. Thanks everyone and Happy New Year!