Hello! This is my first post so I'll just briefly present my training background, goals and training scheme. I'm 19 years old, having physical training with emphasis on strength and mass gains as one of my main interests. Up until the age of 17, I did gymnastics which means my experience in traditional weight lifting is limited. I have, however, developed a solid strength foundation excelling in gymnastic type strength movements if you know what I'm talking about The past 2 years I've been working out primarily in my basement since I have no access to a decent gym where I live, thus being limited to more primitive equipment and methods which have worked very well I must say. My current height and weigth: 5'9'' (176 cm) at a body weight of around 163 lbs (74 kg). 4 weeks ago, I came accross HST, read about it and thought: hell this **** seems like serious stuff and so I decided to take 10 days off for SD whereupon I started my first HST cycle. However, I do not follow this method for the entire body... Due to the gymnastics I did in the past and probably a little genetic factor involved (and my personal preferences) my highest priority have been my lower body for some time now. Thus, I decided to employ the HST principles on my lower body. I feel my upper body has all the mass it needs at least for the time being so I'll just continue to maintain upper body mass by doing some limited work that covers it. My main problem is that I only have access to a small size barbell (5 kg) with 80 kg of weigth plates. Therefore, I must complement the squat and deadlift (which I cannot perform at maximum weigth in the 5 RM interval) with one-legged variations such as the "pistol" and step-up. Currently, my lower body training routine looks like this (I do upper body and core work every workout as well but as it is of lesser priority right now, I will only outline the lower body part of my routine): Squat 2 sets Step-ups (on a chair ) 2 sets per leg Deadlifts 2 sets (3x per week) I have just finished the first week of 10's, thus having trained with HST for 3 weeks. As you see, I use probably more total sets than what is common for my lower body. This is because 1) I am an unexperienced lifter which means lesser weights which means I cannot exert my body to the extent of an experienced lifter with fewer sets; 2) Not even during the 15's I could max in deads, thus I am compensating with more volume. A question that I have is about zig-zagging... I have read that repeating weigths you used in the 15's in the 10's is fine, but in my case I will not reached the maximum weight I used during the 15's until the 4th (of 6) workout with 10's. I.e. I will be doing 10's at the same weights I did 15's and exceed the 15 rep maximum not until the 4th 10 rep workout. Is this stupid? Feel free to visit this log and critizise , I will post my entire routine with upper-body work later.