After months of running my gf decided she was ready to start hitting the weights. BuckeyeGirl was nice enough to send me a routine she used when first starting, and with a few slight modifications I hit the gym with my gf to show her how to do some basic exercises.
We hit a roadblock though, because she's too weak to squat. After demonstrating form for her several times, and taking her through the first steps, she could not do an empty 35 lbs. barbell. The problem is she can't go to depth. She could get to maybe half-depth if she initiated the movement with her knees, and used only her knees to bend, but obviously we don't want that. With good form she could only drop her ass maybe 3". So we tried it with just bodyweight...same thing. She gets past 3" and she just falls backwards. I tried box-squats...just as disastrous.
What should I do to help her build up her posterior chain?? We had to settle for her using a leg-curl machine, but is that really adequate? I could use some help here, I'm not sure what to tell her really. Any input from the gals who may have been in this situation previously would be appreciated. Thanks!