Some quick stats: Goal: build muscle. Height: 5'9'' Weight: 168 lbs BF: ~10-11% (skin caliper estimation) Bench 1RM: 205 Squat 1RM: 265 Deadlift 1RM: 300 (straps) Currently cutting at ~2000 cal, 160g grams protein, 160g carbs, 80g fats. I count calories and walk 2 miles five days per week. I'll be returning to a higher calorie base soon. Background: I've been lifting seriously for about 3 years. Throughout this time, I've made decent progress using strength programs mostly (Starting Strength, 5/3/1, etc.). After some time, I found that I wasn't able to recover fast enough to lift max weights each workout, and I began to get aching and sore joints/tendons. Mainly, I've suffered from golfer's elbow in both elbows, but I have some discomfort in my shoulders sometimes. I tried switching to high volume and less weight routines (push, pull, and leg) routines, and this appeared to be even worse on my body. Through some research and reading the HST e-book, I've decided to run a few cycles of HST. The weight progression, rep range changes, the SD, and not lifting max weights every session really appealed to me. I just don't think my genetic makeup can handle it. Using the body part guide in the HST e-book, I've created the following routine (3 days a week - full body): Squats (2 sets) - quads DB Straight Leg Deadlift (2 sets) - hamstrings DB Incline Press (2 sets) - pecs DB Row (2 sets) - back Chin ups (1 set) - lats Tricep push downs (1 set)- tricep DB curls (1 set) - bicep Calf raises (2 sets) - calves BB Press (2 sets) - shoulders While I was working my 15 rep maxes, I noticed that even this may be too much volume. I'd prefer to simplify as much as possible, without sacrificing much in terms of muscle gains. Also, health and having a well functioning body is important to me as well. For people who have gone through HST cycles and experienced the benefits, could you give your opinion or shed some light on a routine that would best fit my goals.