Testosterone: Bryan, you come from a pretty diverse educational background. Describe that to us please.

Bryan Haycock:

T: Wow, that's boatload of degrees!

BH:

T: Very true. Now, for those who don't know you, tell us how you've been involved in bodybuilding and supplements over the years.

BH:

T: Age eight? I think I picked up a really heavy Shogun Warrior toy at age eight, but that's about it. Did you reach a point where you competed, like at twelve or something?

BH:

T: In the last ten years or so, it seems like there's been a shift in bodybuilding. In the "old days" guys learned from other lifters and by trial and error. Then the strength coaches came into the picture armed with flashy studies and unique training programs. But is that what bodybuilders need? I mean, we just want to get big and muscular, so do we need to be following these coaches who work chiefly with gifted athletes on their strength and performance?

BH:

T: Good point. So what about these athletic performance coaches writing about bodybuilding?

BH:

T: Do you think that steroid usage screwed up what we know about pure hypertrophy training? I mean, when a certain type of training or dieting stalled out, guys would just take steroids. Maybe without the drugs they would've just found a better way to train. Some of these bodybuilders are on so much gear it probably doesn't matter how they train because they'll still get results. Now we have natural, genetically average guys following the training advice of drugged up genetic mutants and there's a lot of frustration out there. What's your opinion on all this?

BH:

T: Yep, I think you nailed it. I'm asking questions like that because your program, HST or Hypertrophy-Specific Training, seems to be a return to real, bullshit-free hypertrophy training. Tell us how it all started.

BH:

T: Interesting. Give us an example.

BH:

T: So, HST is your answer or "fix" to these problems?

BH:

T: Bryan, if you could, give us a brief rundown of what HST is.

BH:

T: Frequent training and negatives – sounds like those would lead to overtraining. How does HST get around that? The low volume?

BH:

T: What kind of feedback are you getting from those who've tried it?

BH:

T: Would HST work for natural and "enhanced" trainees?

BH:

T: What's the advantage of whole-body workouts? Those are really out of style these days, so to speak.

BH:

T: Some experts have said that whole-body workouts are only for beginners.

BH:

T: Okay. Given the low volume, some are going to think of HIT when they see this program. What makes it different from HIT? What do you think of HIT overall?

BH:

T: One of the things that shocked me about HST is you say to train through soreness. Explain that.

BH:

T: So, you think most guys trying to gain muscle don't train muscle groups often enough? Most seem to train chest, for example, once every five to seven days.

BH:

T: What about training to failure? Does HST use failure?

BH:

T: Let's talk more about the importance of strategic deconditioning within HST training. Give us some more info on that.

BH:

T: Okay, I'm intrigued. Would you consider writing an article for Testosterone readers and giving them a basic HST program to follow?

BH:

Look for a sample HST program here at T-mag soon.