I have been a lurker here for a while, but I rarely post in FN. I believe the only times I have posted in the past was when someone had a labral tear which I also had a few years ago. I have read through the stickies and I have decided to give Bill Starr a try. I know that many people here have had good results on this so maybe they can shed some light on what is puzzling me. Basically, the first 2-3 sets of most exercises seem to be extremely light to the point where they don't seem like they would be legitimate working sets. Also, I don't seem to get even close to what my current maxes are for the first month or so of the program. As far as my background, I have always been active and I have been lifting consistently for about 7 years. Here are some shots of the Bill Starr program from Excel to give a little visual to what I am talking about. To take bench as an example, my current 5 RM is 225 and my estimated 1 RM is 253 (which seems fairly accurate as I just got 245x1 a couple weeks ago and I figure I could MAYBE add 5 more to the bar total). With this program I don't even touch 225 for 5 until week 4 on Mondays and week 3 on Wednesday for a set of just 3. Also, the first few sets always seem to be extremely light until probably the second half of the 9 weeks outlined. I don't think I have even warmed up with less than 135 in ages, but a lot of the prescribed sets are much lighter than that. I was thinking of just skipping to week 4 or else just doing a little bit higher weights for the first few sets. Could some of of the more knowledgeable people here and particularly those who have done Bill Starr explain to me if this is a good or bad idea or if I should just trust in the program and do it exactly as prescribed? Thanks to anyone who even read the entire post. CLIFFS: Starting Bill Starr. A lot of the working sets seem extremely light. Thinking of increasing weight on early sets or skipping to the 4th week.