She is 65, overweight, and has zero weightlifting experience. I really need pretty all around advice on what would make helping her any different from helping one of my buddies.
I also need suggestions on what would be a good start for a home gym, as she doesn’t intend to join a gym. If I should tackle this just like I would for anyone else thats fine and easy enough. [/quote]
5 years ago I was in the same situation that you. Only difference was that my mother at the time was 70. Things you have to know:
- Make written instructions on all apparatus.
- Be prepared to spend double the time explaining the why’s and how’s.
- Have patience
With these out of the way what I first did was talk with her. Have an over-dinner conversation (my favorite) just to understand what she wants to do. Is this primarily to lose fat? Does she wants to get in contact with other people? Does she feel tired when going up/down stairs? This will help you determine what exactly does she want to do. Sometimes, specially if they are lonely what they want to do is spend some time doing an activity other than regular home chores.
This will help you get the equipment organized. I would suggest at the start that you do not get her some free weights since they have a higher degree of motor coordination which she may not posses as this age, plus the injury potential is much higher.
First thing is her cardiovascular health. Try to get a treadmill with not a too high incline setting. More important is that the handles are close by and that the security in case she trips is activated to stop the machine. Don?t skip in the security measures!
Aside from that a bicycle and some selectorized equipment is your next option. Ideally, you should wait for her to get accustomed to daily exercise to buy them, but if you are far from home, maybe a one time purchase will let you save some money. It is up to you.
As far as prices are concerned I cannot help, but guess that living in America you can get a decent deal on some brand names. Nevertheless, a USD 1,000 to 3,000 should be around the total cost.