September 1, 2006, that’s the first day I squatted with weight at the gym. The first time I lifted was in October of 1999, so it’s not like I just started lifting.
My advice, do what I did. Do squats for 1-3 months at home with your own body weight to develop proper form. When I started doing this (summer '06) the repetitions amounted to single digits, and four or so sets. My legs were aching however everytime for the next few days, so I as pretty sure I was building muscle.
I knew the time had come to actually man up to the squat rack when I was doing 5 sets of 25 reps at home (again, just with my body weight).
So you know what happened. My first time squatting at the gym I found myself doing 2-6 reps at 135 pounds at the squat rack! I guess I built up some muscle afterall. My form starting out was not perfect of course, but now after squatting for a full month, and practicing my form at that weight, my thighs are parallel to the ground.
Hope that helps, squats are fun!