I've read a lot lately that if I want to build a lot of strength and start thinking seriously about putting on some size that I should use squats as a core workout. I'm only 65kg (143 pounds) and have never really done any weight training. I do however use my boxing bag every night for about half an hour and do a handful of exercises using my own body weight such as pushups / handstands / plenty of core work.
I've given squats a go but I am having two problems:
- Balance - this is probably due to point two, but maybe worth its own mention.
- It seems as though my ankles don't bend forward enough to squat down as far as I need to.
To help with the balance issue I have been using dumbbells in each hand (I find this significantly easier than a barbell on my shoulders). As for the latter issue though, I'm not sure if this is quite common and I should try stretching my ankles a few times a day until they bend forward further or if I'm doing something completely wrong.
Did anyone else have this problem when starting out? How should I take care of it?