Thanks for all the feedback, harsh and not so. I'm more than happy to admit I'm pretty weak, I just wanted an accurate yardstick to measure myself against... which as some posters have pointed out that probably isn't very useful either.
Spiderman- I haven't been squatting for very long... for about the same length of time that I've been reading here... maybe 6 months, and I haven't really specialised in it.. just tacked it on to my upper body work.
Most of my training for legs in the past has been leg extensions and a lot of work on the leg press.. the one thats supposed to be shit for your back.. I thought I would be pretty good on squats after years of extensions and leg press, but you live & learn!
The squats I do are all the way to the ground, ass to calves. And I seem to feel it a lot in my abs, like when I take the bar off the supports I feel my abs really working to stabilise. I just generally feel really weak and unconfident doing them.
I think i know the technique... I did a personal training course 6 months ago (biggest waste of money ever, and no i don't teach anyone), and follow Mike's recommendations for squatting at http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459389
but i never have a training partner to watch my form, so maybe I am missing something.
Just for your interest, I bench 5 reps of 150 pounds in a 5x5 routine. I've never been keen to try 1rms on my own And thats actually up about 30 pounds since I started reading this site and doing chads abbh program.
My other hellishly weak point is chins, fuck I hate them, I used to be able to do about 8, hurt my neck doing them (about a year and a half ago) and have trouble doing 2 now.
Anyways, I think I'll just make a concerted effort to develop my squat/deadlifts- will let yall know if i manage anything inspiring!
I probably just have to start squatting more & typing less...