I don't have an olympic set yet, only have curl bar currently, it's only 4 feet long. When I tried the other day with 100lb doing back squat, I felt ok. I was able to do 3 x 8. Sure, it felt heavy, but after each set I felt ok.
Well, today I tried with same weight but doing front squats, and this thing kicked my butt. Even during each set it felt much heavier, after each set - at least I was able to complete it - I had to take like 4-5 minute break in order to recover my breathing abilities ! This was really kicking my a$$ !
Ok, now, I know 100lb does not sound much and the bar does not add much, maybe 10 lb. I've seen some teens - I'm 34 year old - on here weighing 145lb - I weigh around 190lb - claiming to start squatting with 125lb and they go higher from there! I never thought I was that weak, sure I have an office job, haven't done much of physical workout for 10-15 years before I started this endeavour few months back, but still...Am I that weak, or maybe the curl bar is part of the problem ?
If the former, then I have a long way to go...people seem to suggest being able to squat with %125 of your body weight is the good minimum to have accomplished. That would be 250lb for me, that is a long way to go then....