People who have been lifting weights wrong for a long time often get some funny ideas entrenched in their brains and come to believe that they are experts. New housemate has been lifting for years and apparently has a 120kg bench press. Fair play. But for everything else, hmm... I have been advised that my routine (Starting Strength) is wrong for the following reasons: * A 130kg deadlift is FAR too heavy. My back can't take it! * I shouldn't be doing sets of 5 with a heavy weight. I will injure myself. The safer way is to use a lighter weight to failure, because when my technique eventually breaks down, I won't injure myself because the weight is lighter. * Squats are fine as long as you don't go below parallel. * He only squats 80kg because he DOESN'T WANT TO HAVE AN UNEVEN PHYSIQUE. So there you have it guys. Olympic weightlifters and powerlifters (especially Mark Rippetoe, it seems) do not know what they are talking about. I hope you all find this post helpful!