Everything You Need To Know About HST


When experts first tried exploring the depths of stimuli and mechanisms for muscle hypertrophy, they really had to dig deep into the physiological principles of how the body functions and the first studies were done in laboratories. These principles were later packed into a “method,” if you will, of mechanically loading the muscle in order to induce hypertrophy. But what exactly is hypertrophy, you ask? Basically, it’s the increase in the volume of an organ or muscle, so the point of an HST (Hypertrophy-Specific Training) program is to maximize your growth.

The reason why HST isn’t that popular is that many people have a problem understanding how such a complex study translates into something as simple as reps and schedules. Additionally, nobody can be 100 percent sure of the exact numbers, which brings in some possibility of error. These are not errors that would cause permanent or serious damage, but there are people who simply like to know everything in great detail before deciding upon an option. Luckily, as science continues to explore the exact mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy, these flaws will slowly but surely be whittled away.

Let’s take a look at some of the major and well-known principles of HST and briefly discuss how they manifest:

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