I am currently coaching a 22 year old male. At 5’9" and 250lbs, his initial goal was simply weight loss. Once I got him eating right and doing a high intensity body-weight circuit, he’s now down to about 185.
So now he’s real skinny, and wants to start packin on a little muscle. I started him on a routine similar to Riptoe’s Starting Strength; but he’s got some major posture problems.
His upper back has a small hunch, that he is almost incapable of straightening. This is exaggerated when he bends over. I had initially wanted to incorporate deadlifts and barbell rows for his back routine, but he is not capable of doing these lifts without rounding his back, even with only an empty bar.
So my dilemma… What are some good compound back lifts for a beginner with a slight “hunchback”. I’m hoping that as he strengthens his back, his posture will improve, and he will be able to move on to deadlifting and heavy rowing.