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    IS HCT-12 Good if returning after 3 month layoff?

    I am trying to be as detailed as possible here please don't laugh.

    So about 1 and a half years ago I started lifting doing Starting strength. I weighed 130 pounds and I am 6ft tall.(Yes, really)
    Anyway I worked out with SS/ Baby Got back for close to 1 year and a couple months and got up to about 165/170 pounds.
    My Bench Max was about 185
    Squats 225
    Deadlifts 225

    I then hurt my back and was out for about 1 month and then took about 3 months off.

    Would it be best to go back to SS or HCT or somethign else

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    I am trying to be as detailed as possible here please don't laugh.

    So about 1 and a half years ago I started lifting doing Starting strength. I weighed 130 pounds and I am 6ft tall.(Yes, really)
    Anyway I worked out with SS/ Baby Got back for close to 1 year and a couple months and got up to about 165/170 pounds.
    My Bench Max was about 185
    Squats 225
    Deadlifts 225

    I then hurt my back and was out for about 1 month and then took about 3 months off.

    Would it be best to go back to SS or HCT or somethign else
    In my opinion Starting Strength is more of a pure beginner program and may not work well for someone with your strength levels.

    With a back injury you may want to avoid the high amount of lower body work in programs like SS and instead go with something like a Push/Pull/Legs split where you are only training lower body one day per week.
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    Thanks for the responses! I was looking at HTC-12 and it seemed like it was definately a more intermediate workout. Although I worked out for a year and made some decent gains I still feel like a beginner.

    I only weigh 165 pounds at 6ft so I feel like I really need to bulk before I could head to something like HTC. I will take a look at some of the other workouts and see what fits.

    You are definately right though about only working the lower body once a week. I tore a muscle in my back and although it is healed I am scared as hell to do anything to heavy for now lol

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    I only weigh 165 pounds at 6ft so I feel like I really need to bulk before I could head to something like HTC. I will take a look at some of the other workouts and see what fits.
    You do not have to be a certain size/strength to make good progress with any weight training program.

    Since you have been weight training consistently for over one year (prior to a recent layoff) I would classify you as an intermediate lifter.
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