I'm very excited that my neighbor and friend has decided to give lifting a try. He's a very cool person and I think he will adopt a good attitude about doing things the right way. I am hoping to get a reliable workout partner out of this, as well as helping him improve his health.
I've done a fair bit of homework on beginner training, but I am a beginning lifter myself and in no way whatsoever a top-tier trainer. I'd like to see if anyone here has any suggestions for me before I take him out for his first spin with a barbell tonight. He's 33, 5'11" and 220 lbs or so, sedentary lifestyle but not a total weakling (by sedentary person standards). He's got a fairly big frame and I think he could have much success with a variety of lifting goals if he applied himself.
Here's what I have in mind:
1) Try to keep it fun.
2) Encourage him to read everything he can and watch everything he can.
3) Starting Strength 5x5 or my very similar beginner 5x5 program will be my suggested routines. I am still on 5x5 myself and plan to ride that horse as far as it will take me.
4) We won't be going heavy for the first two weeks or so. Form will be the point of emphasis (even though I'm hardly a trainer, I can at least steer him in a good direction).
5) Major compound barbell movements will be emphasized. Squat, DL, rows, BP, OHP, front squat are the main lifts I will teach him.
What am I missing?
Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated!