I’m seeing my mom next month and she wants me to teach her to use free weights. I wanted to know if there’s anything special to keep in mind in terms of safety. I’ve never stretched or warmed up, myself, so if you could point me in the direction of what I should have her do, that would be great. I don’t want to hurt my mom.
She’s in her fifties, in good health (apart from smoking), not overweight, but hasn’t been active since high school. Lately she’s been powerwalking with mini dumbbells, but she claims she can’t jog at all. On the other hand she does a lot of heavy chores. So I don’t know what to expect on her first day.
I thought I’d teach her the basic compound lifts, starting with the bar only. (Any suggestions if the bar is too heavy? When I started, I had to press using little curl bars at first, but that was just my made-up hack; I don’t know what’s normally suggested for people who need something lighter than 45 pounds.)
Any insights on how training is different for middle-aged folks would be appreciated…