I'll preface this by saying that yes, I know this will vary for each individual... IBjustkeepliftinguntilyougetstronger I know, I know...but I'm just curious as to how I should gauge my progress, and I use the term "progress" loosely here I haven't lifted weights for a couple of years...just started doing a dumb bell routine loosely based around PurEvil's about three weeks ago. I'm currently using 15lb DBs in order to get my range of motion and correct form down. Yes, I know that 15lb DBs are pathetically light - but I would rather start where I need to start, even if I look like a pussy, so that I know how to do the exercises correctly and don't hurt myself. In any case, I am at the point where I have my form down, but 3+ weeks into it I'm still not throwing these 15's around like I would assume I should after nearly a month of lifting 3-4 times weekly. It's not like I'm dying trying to get through a set by any means, but I would assume by now that I should be ready to move on. I just don't feel like it's time to go up to 20's yet (or even just a 17.5 as a half-step up) Should I be trying to rack on more weight every week? Every two weeks? Every month? Somebody please let me know what the deal is here. Once again, YES I'm a newbie, and YES I have searched, both here and on google, and have found many answers. I'm just looking to hear from many people that I can actually bounce questions off of on this forum, rather than static text on a website somewhere. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your maturity and any help received.