For now I'm doing the sample HST program as is, unchanged. It's been a breath of fresh air so far.
Originally Posted by TangoDown
Coincidentally I've lowered my calories, aiming at more protein this cycle. This fact shouldn't affect the strength by too much. We'll see.
As for the frequency, good or bad, that's what HST prescribes. Although the HST FAQ certainly does NOT recommend doing 5-ish Squats and DL 3 times a week, let alone do them together.
Guys, is HST still the way to bulk? There's been some research and trend recently to train a muscle 2 times a week, for the sake of doing more in-session volume. It's been determined that training a muscle at high loads 2 times a week is no worse than 3 times in terms of resulting growth. You might want to google for a paper by Wernbom et al, 2007, "The Influence of Frequency, Intensity, Volume and Mode of Strength Training on Whole Muscle Cross-Sectional Area in Humans".
Current RMs: Squat 117,5 kg (259 lbs) x 5, Bench 87,5 kg (192 lbs) x 5, RDL 112,5 kg (248 lbs) x 10 @BW 81-82 kg (178-181 lbs) @171 cm (5'7")