It felt good.
The best part? I can now do squats with 25lb plates on the barbell. Right now, my goal is to graduate to 50lb plates. Yay me!
I find this very cool because, as much as I exercise and weight-lift, I had always been afraid of doing squats with a barbell. For some reason, I figured that I would not be able to go back up without a) injuring myself; or b) dropping the barbell and plates and injuring myself.
Because of that, my squats were usually done either holding hand weights or on the Smith machine.
I hate the Smith machine. For some reason, I have never found a comfortable way of accomodating the durned bar over my shoulders, and I thought that going free-weight with the barbell would be the same or worse.
Much to my surprise, it was much more comfortable, and I have not dropped anything or injured myself. Of course, it does help that I started doing it with just the bar and no weight, adding plates over the weeks as I got stronger.
I feel like Wonder Woman.
Or scratch that. I feel like Linda Hamilton in The Terminator.
Now, if I could only get her triceps.