Hst Routine Frequency

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by james clarke, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. james clarke

    james clarke New Member

    I can only get to the gym 4 days a week as I work away from home Mon - Thu. I am thinking to do a split

    Mon and wed : chest, tri, back, bi's, Abs

    Tues and Thu : Shoulders, Traps, Legs, Abs

    my main concern is that I would then not be able to train again until Monday will this still be effective?
  2. mickc1965

    mickc1965 Well-Known Member

    What exercises are you proposing for each body part and how many sets per exercise
  3. james clarke

    james clarke New Member

    was thinking of doing 15 x 1 , 10 x 2, 5 x 3 on the reps.

    Mon/ Weds : Bench Press, Incline Bench, dumbell pull over, dumbell fly's, DB tri Ext., over head rope ext., Single arm row, Lat row, WG lat pull down, CG Lat pull down, Bar bell row, Preacher curls, WG Seated Row, Weighted crunches (Machine)

    Tue/ Thurs : Shoulder press, Behind neck shoulder press, DB side lat raise, plate front raise, upright row, DB Shrugs, standing calf raise, Leg Press, GHR, leg ext. , Squats, weighted crunches (machine)
  4. mickc1965

    mickc1965 Well-Known Member

    The main issue I see is your front delts are going to take a hammering what with flat bench and incline bench on Mon & Wed and then with shoulder press and plate front raises on Tue and Thursday.

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  5. Old and Grey

    Old and Grey Super Moderator Staff Member

    So for the 5;s, you are going to do a total of 42 sets on M and W and 36 sets on T and Th. That is 156 sets per week. That is a routine for a professional on heavy steroids who has hours to train.
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  6. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    If you are lifting several days in a row, it is important to manage volume. I have been lifting 4-5 days a week every week for months now and I only do 20-30 reps per muscle group each workout, except back which gets 40-60. That's only a few sets per muscle group each workout, and that's probably still a little on the higher side for volume.
    If I were going to do a split, I would just do upper/lower and lift all four days, that way each half of the body gets a day off between workouts. You could alternate between two different uppers and lowers if you wanted.

    Something a little more sane would be:

    Day 1 - Upper
    Bench (flat or incline, just one)
    Row or Rack Pulls
    Pulldown or weighted pullups/chinups
    Military Press or some other shoulder press
    Close grip bench or similar for triceps
    Abs if you must

    Day 2 - Lower
    Squats for quads
    SLDL/RDL or some other variant
    Leg Ext
    Leg Curl
    Curls or similar for biceps
    Abs if you must

    Day 3 - Upper
    Weights Dips or Bench (flat or incline, whichever one you didn't do on day 1)
    Row variant or Rack Pulls - whichever one you didn't do on day 1
    Pullover or similar
    Shoulder press variant or Lateral Raises
    Triceps - something with a DB or pushdowns
    Abs if you must

    Day 4 - Lower
    Leg Press
    GHR or SLDL/RDL or some other variant
    Leg Ext
    Leg Curl
    Curls or similar for biceps
    Abs if you must

    Aim for 20-30 reps for each lift, tapering down as the weights get heavier. If you are into sets and don't like the freedom of clustering reps, then do 2 sets in the 15s, 2 sets in the 10s, 3 or 4 sets in the 5s. However, with higher frequency, you should really look into clustering instead of using sets regulating volume on a daily basis depending on how you feel - i.e. on days you feel good you would do closer to 30 reps total per lift, on days you are fatigued you would do closer to 20 reps total for each lift.
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  7. Renky

    Renky Member

    Something I have experimented with my recent routines and cycles is working out the standard 3 days a week ( with the 20-30 reps that Totentanz mentioned ) and then with the last 1-2 weeks before the week off, I will up both the volume and frequency with the last week being insane.

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