Been lurking for a long time, finally took the plunge on the forums. Approached by an absolute raw beginner today, if I would help train him. And when I mean raw, I mean raw. When asked his weight, he gave "124.6...." about a month ago. And height? "5'9". And he wants? To get bigger of course. Never trained anyone before, but does anyone have any tips or advice?
Not trying to be harsh, but:
Send him to someone who knows what they are doing.
Or send him here, tell him to do some reading in the first four threads of this forum, and encourage him in the gym.
Have him read the forums and put him on Starting Strength. Diet will be the more difficult part - you gotta convince the guy to force feed.