does he workout currently? does he have much recent workout experience? can he squat to depth, does he have any bad joints? is he going to be able to do bent over rows after squats and romanians, or is he going to throw out his back?
if he hasnt worked out in 15 years or something, i wouldnt throw him into the deep end just yet.
I believe this program will hurt your dad because if he was advanced enough to do this program he would be advanced enough to design his own program.
Some areas of concern:
Doing more than 6-8 reps of front squats can cause upper back fatigue forcing a big break in form.
Doing front squats after deadlifts is rarely a good idea - the upper back will be TRASHED and it’s unlikely it will be able to hold the scapula is place for the front squats and the remainder of the workout.
5 X 5 is advanced and requires a lot of structural balance and connective tissue strength; I’m not sure that your dad has this at this point in time.
The order of exercises seems unusual (although I’m reluctant to say it’s wrong).
You’ve thrown the kitchen sink at him with reference to the choices of movements. Consider few movements with different rep schemes to give him a chance to learn the movements perfectly. Doing 21 movements correctly is a lot tougher than doing 10 movements correctly. The motor learning that is required for someone to get proficient that what you have outlined is above what most people are capable of. If he’s a beginner, treat him like a beginner and phase in the tougher work.
The thing is, I would based on what I’ve heard from him, classify him as pretty experienced. Not in a know-good-programming way but I know he has a hard working ethic together with a solid understanding of exercises and their various variations together with execution of good form.
I showed him both the starting strength program and the one mentioned above, and he personally felt pretty good with my program. I did make him aware of the intensity but what the heck it’s his choice. I have the starting strength program waiting for him if he chooses to quit…
Anyhowz, just as a general question, is the program any good? For younger people? The order might look funny but its actually a push/pull/push/pull program structurally and together with good compound movements I don’t see how its anything other than pretty good?
The thing is, I would based on what I’ve heard from him, classify him as pretty experienced. Not in a know-good-programming way but I know he has a hard working ethic together with a solid understanding of exercises and their various variations together with execution of good form.[/quote]
Has he ever lifted weights at least three days per week, for more than eight weeks in a row? If so, when? If not, this program is absolutely too advanced to begin with.
Does he have any physical issues to deal with? Joint problems, back/hip/knee/shoulder problems? Blood pressure issues? Asthma? These are all things that would disqualify him from going full throttle in your proposed routine.
Truthfully, I’d expect part of that is family pride. This is a major problem when training family and/or friends. They trust what you say, almost no matter what.
It’s a bit kitchen-sink-ish. A little TBT, a little fat burning circuits, and a pinch of garlic powder, and you end up going in all directions, ineffective in each one.
One point of the program I disagree with: each week has three squat variations and three deadlift variations and bent over rows and good mornings and sit-ups[/i]… you’re working his lower back much more aggressively than I would. At least without an overall lower volume introduction, or, if he has been lifting recently, a re-introduction.
Another point: Even though days one and two are both full-body, you’re using different exercises and different set/rep schemes on each day. Progress would be more consistent if you adjusted just one of those variables.
And that circuit day is insane, just too much to do all in one day. I’d rather split each of those circuits into their own day, and do more sets of each per workout. But I’d run that as a completely separate cycle, without the other full-body days you have listed.