First post on the forums though I've been reading for a while, so hi all!
I've only been training a few months, so I'm still in the "newbie" phase. I've made decent progress so far - focusing on the big exercises, going for slow and steady improvements etc. Just for reference, I'm doing squats, deadlifts, SLDL's, bench press, bent over rows, curls, overhead presses, calf raises, and crunches at the moment, split over two workouts - and we'll drop either deadlifts or SLDL's once we get up to "hard" weights. Most exercises are still gradually improving, but I'm having real problems with the squat.
I'm going for (work) sets of 15 reps in the squat, and it's the first exercise we do. I can manage 100kg for 15 with good form (after a couple of warmup sets), but can't seem to go any heavier without feeling decidedly unbalanced at the bottom of the movement. I can still get all 15 reps at say 105, but I don't feel like my form is right. I don't why it is, but at the bottom inch or two my hips suddenly seem to become "loose", as if they're sort of wobbling from side to side slightly. Once I get out of the bottom I'm fine, but I'm worried that if I go heavier this may become more pronounced.
I haven't got an ideal squatter's body - I'm 6' 3" and have relatively long limbs/short body - but I'd have thought I should still be able to increase my squat slowly (I'm generally adding 2.5 - 5 kg at a time, so I'm not stepping up in very large jumps).
Does anybody have any advice on ways to improve my form, and/or what approach I should take? Should I back off a little and work on consolidating my form for a few weeks, then edge back up? Should I stay at 100 for a while then go up? Or something else entirely?
I'd appreciate any advice, I know there are plenty of good squatters on here so I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks in advance.