So, I’ve been “aggressively” increasing the weight I’m squatting (about 20lb/week) in an attempt to regain lost ground after I had to take about four months off due to thumb tendinitis in the past two weeks. During this, I learned that I have a tendency to rely more on my right leg/side to push myself out of the hole as the weight gets heavier and heavier.
Basically, I rise first on my right side and then raise my left side to where my right side is at when I’m 3/4 of the way up. I tried correcting this by consciously forcing myself maintain the weight on both sides and it’s incredibly hard on my left leg, especially in the calves. I don’t do this at all for lower weights.
So, my question is, how do I deal with this? Should I slow down on the weight increases and just wait for my left leg to catch up? Or should I do single-leg specific work like lunges to strengthen my left leg to the level that my right leg is at?
Bonus info - My left leg is also slightly shorter than my right leg due to an uneven hip. Could this be why I’m having this issue?