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MAX-OT and injuries; Hypertrophy-Specific TrainingTM?

Thursday, February 19, 2004 by  
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Yesterday I received a very interesting email from someone who used to follow MAX-OT training principles and injured himself while doing so – twice, in fact. He’s 30 years old, and seems to be a very experienced lifter. He’s not the first person I’ve heard from who has sustained injury while doing MAX-OT.

Sure, MAX-OT is a brutal program; but I’ve always warmed up correctly and used strict form, so I never thought it could have played a role in my shoulder injury. In retrospect, perhaps it was short-sighted of me to dismiss that possibility so quickly. I’m far from an old man, but I’m also not 18 anymore. Maybe my muscles are up to the task of Maximum Overload Training, but perhaps my joints, ligaments and tendons are not. I’m still not ready to say that MAX-OT contributed to my injury, but I am willing to accept that it’s possible. I can tell you that once my shoulder heals, I don’t ever want something like this to happen again. The guy who sent me the email has been using a (free) program called HST (Hypertrophy-Specific TrainingTM). He has been training using HST principles for over a year now, and has remained injury-free. He said he’s made better gains using HST than any other program he’s used before. I’ve been reading about it, and I’m interested. Have any of you used HST before? If so, please get a discussion going in the Weight Training forum. I’d love to hear more opinions on the program from people who have used it or know of the program.

I’d better go get my leg workout in now. I’ll catch up with everyone later on the forum. See you there!

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