I have made it a priority to fix my squat form. I've always had knocked knees, so I went about it by incorporating lunges into my routine (believe it or not, I used to not do any lunges). I also started to use the hip abductor machine, even though I hate using it as a dude. I was doing all that I could to fix the weak glutes and hip mobility I may be lacking.
I also lowered the weight significantly, and in the videos I'm about to post, I decided to go up in weight by a mere 5 pounds because the weight I was using before just didn't feel heavy enough.
My last rep is abysmal. I'm also leaning forward on the squat, which is hard to tell from this angle, but you can see it with my foot in the last rep.
My question is, why does this weight not feel particularly heavy, but I'm having such an uncomfortable time moving it?
When I squat, I'm not fighting the weight, rather, I'm fighting my form. My knees want to go inward and instead of just pushing the weight up (which doesn't feel all too heavy on my back...), I have to focus on not collapsing.
I feel like I've addressed this with targeting my glutes and using the abdcutor machine, yet I still can't go up in weight without my form falling apart. Do I really need to lower the weight to 25 pounds and just focus on my form?
Here is a video from a little while back of me doing paused squats with significantly lighter weight. My knees don't cave and I can get more depth.
Lighter squat form
I am getting very discouraged because I can't seem to help myself out. If I lower the weigh to 25 pound plates, I feel like I'm not doing any work and it doesn't even feel like a workout. I just don't understand how once I hit a certain weight, my form collapses regardless of how heavy it feels. I know my quads can take more than the 145 pounds I was doing in the first video, but apparently my hips, knees, and glutes cannot.