Dear Bryan, I want to know if I would be achieving a 'progressive load' by increasing repetitions each workout with a constant weight for say 2 week blocks (instead of the other way around) then after 2 weeks increase the weight drop the reps and increase each workout again etc (and if not why not)? Also, if it would, would there be any cons to this scheme versus the original? I guess I don't quite fully understand (even after reading the FAQ e-book cover to cover and all the articles on the main site) all the principles (I think it could be more the specific meaning of terms being used), particularly with respect to applying them: • Progressive load --- not quite sure about • Training volume --- not quite sure about • Training frequency --- makes complete sense • Conditioning (Repeated Bout effect)/Strategic Deconditioning --- makes complete sense Secondary question; almost everyone (and yes I know science is a democracy) suggests All Pros as the best beginner routine/program if hypertrophy is the goal (it is mine). For all intents and purposes I am a beginner. Should I use HST or All Pros or something different altogether for my first program? Again my goal is hypertrophy, in the fastest possible time whilst limiting fat (and yes I realise the fat issue is more of a nutrition thing and I have that sorted). Thanks in advance for any help and advice you can give.