One of my oldest friends who has always been fairly overweight but in recent years has crossed over to morbidly obese has finally decided to lose weight. First of all, I would like to congratulate him for finally committing to this. Better late than never, as far as I'm concerned.
He would never officially state his weight in the past, but I estimate it to be around 450. Through an improved diet and the occasional mile walk, he has dropped to around 380. What has me more excited is that he has dropped his initial refusal to perform resistance training and has asked me to write a program for him.
What I'm looking for in this thread are suggestions from anyone who has trained a severely overweight person. At this stage, bodyweight exercises are pretty much out of the question. He intends to join a gym, so I assume he'll have access to most kinds of strength equipment, so I figure I'll have some freedom there. Right now, I figure the primary goal is to increase my friend's work capacity, get him moving more, maybe even clean up his diet even more, if he lets me. He's really not in as bad a shape as I thought someone his size would be, but obviously there's enormous room for improvement.
If anyone has a good break-in routine or some helpful ideas, I'd love to hear them. I just want to do everything I can to keep my friend on the right track.