I know someone will tell me to just use the search function, but I tried, and couldn't find the answer.. Have any of you done a HST cycle that had both squats and deadlifts in it? If so, how did it work, and could you post the layout for me?
I use both lifts in my HST cycles, but I only start deads in the last four weeks or so, around the time i start doing 5 reps only.
I usually drop squats at that time too.
If you want to do them during all your cycle, it's better to alternate them. They are both very taxing movements that end up being redundant done in the same workout.
Last edited by restless; 12-14-2002 at 03:16 PM.
I would recommend alternating them and not trying to do both of them each day. Just do squat-dead-squat one week and do dead-squat-dead the next. I would definitely only do one set of each. If you do more sets or if you try to do both each workout, your back is likely to start hating life during the second week of 10s or the first week of 5s. I have had problems with my joints and tendons becoming chronically sore each time I've tried pure HST. Not everybody can do three full-body workouts a week for an extended period of time.
Restless and I posted about the same time. I agree with what he says.
Last edited by Delphi; 12-14-2002 at 03:19 PM.
I think restless gives good advice. I don't think high rep (>5) deadlifts are that good of an idea. With heavy weight you can really start to lose your form near the end of the set and increase the risk of screwing up your back. I'd start them at the 5 rep cycle or just go with SLDLs instead.
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Personally, I'd pick one or the other and alternate it with leg pressing. I tried, on my first HST cycle, to squat at every workout and it was just too much for my lower-back. I've had no problems when DL'ing or squatting every other session.
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Good idea. The leg press would give you a quad exercise and theoretically give your lower back an extra workout to recover.