My girlfriend wants to start working out, specifically she is interested in starting lifting. I have ordered a small rack and olympic dumbbell handles and have an old olympic barbell and some weight plates already. I am turning the small shed into a gym and surprising her.
She won’t train at a gym and is shy, she is insecure about her body. She has a really feminine face and hips but has enormous calves, a super thick developed upper back and big quads and glutes. All her female relatives have the same thing. I have big legs but her calves dwarf mine. She seems very genetically gifted. For example she beat my brother in an arm wrestle (he is in the forces and has lifted for over a decade.
She has never exercised in her life, no sports background or anything.
She was messing around on my dip bars a couple months ago and with a 10kg assistance band supporting her she knocked out around 15 full ROM dips a couple of times in a row and having never squatted before knocked out 20 ATG squats holding a 50lb Kettlebell like it was nothing.
She has talked about be doing her a program using just the barbell and weight plates, she does not know I am putting together a home gym for her which will arrive on tuesday.
I want some advice regarding programming. She has basically said she won’t go to a gym or a trainer and wants me to give her a routine and train her. Problem is I am a beginner. I only recently started a routine at the gym, doing GSLP, a linear program. I have spent a month or so learning to squat and do all the basic exercises and feel confident in teaching her how to do the lifts, but I feel out of place offering someone else advice on programming.
I really liked Jim’s articles about training and saw he was training his son in one of his videos, I was hoping Jim, or any experienced lifters could offer some advice on how to train a woman.
Do I get her to do a linear program? Would 5/3/1 be a good choice?
She basically wants to get healthy, lose a bit of bodyfat and grow an even bigger booty. I think she also just wants to use lifting as a vehicle for self improvement and to gain some confidence.
Any help would be great.