Uchi - there is some solid advice there and some junk. First identify your goal, ie figher, lifter etc...and then see what was said here as being better for that path. But, for all lifting and training, my advice first of all is proper form. don't be concerned about the weight, make sure you can handle any weight in proper form. This will add to your control over your muscles in all you do and help avoid injuries. i lifted more when i was using good form with a good spotter and with consistancy in my training, my eating and my training times. The strength comes, the weights will go up...and when you handle the weight and you KNOW you have it under control, your confidence will rise and you will see steady progress.