Hey guys, I am doing an HST-style cycle w/ clustering to get myself prepped to do a full-blown HCT-12 cycle. I decided not to jump right into HCT-12 because history tells me I would not be able to handle the heavy weights and volume, plus I've never done squats/deadlifts before and I wanted to work on form and build at least a small base before starting a program like this.
I'm small, sub 150 pounds, only been working out for the past 6 months or so, but now I have my diet under strict control and I'm loving the gym.
My routine looks like this:
One arm rows
I do this full-body workout 3 days/week. My load/rep scheme has been to start low, increase load each workout, do 20 reps per exercise with a first set that goes close to failure, then as many clusters as required to hit 20. So it started out everything being just one 20 rep set and over the last 4 weeks as the weights have gotten heavier I have exercises where I'll do 10+4+3+3 or whatever.
I was thinking about finishing this cycle but instead doing a 6-day split with HCT-12 suggested exercises.
So I'd do ABABAB:
One arm row
Standing barbell press
After another 4-6 weeks, I'll deload and go from there with the HCT-12 regimen. This is getting long winded, so my question is this:
My upper chest is devoid of muscle and my traps are non-existent. My upper body in general is just underdeveloped (of course my legs are as well, but I know what I have to do to fix that). Given those aesthetic weak spots, am I going to regret giving up the shrugs and the dumbell lateral/front raises? Or was I doing too much to begin with trying to fit 260 reps in every day?
Thanks in advance for any responses..