Hi everyone. I need some input from those of you that have trained newbies before.
My 14 year old brother in law asked if he could start lifting weights with me so I agreed.
He’s been a natural athlete so far, accelling at both baseball and basketball but has always been on the husky side. (Right now he’s about 5’-6" and 160 lbs.)
He pretty much gave up sports last year and he’s grown a few inches since then. As a result, I beleive that he’s lost a lot of flexibility.
I am doing total body workouts with him because he’s only coming over to work out 2 days a week, so I thought that would give him the most bang for the buck. I also chose that so the workouts wouldn’t be so long as to discourage him or allow him to lose interest.
I am aware that the most important thing for him to do at this point is to learn correct form, but I’m having trouble teaching him correct formwih the dead lift and bent over row.
To correct the row problem I’m going to have him lie down on the bench and use dumbells, but I’m not sure what to do about the deads. His problem is that he bends his back in the center, just below the shoulder blades. I thought about taping a meter stick to his back to provide a reminder of what straight is, but I’m not sure that’ll work. The other option I’m considering is having him use dumbells with his arms at his sides instead of in front of him. My thought is that this will help him get further back on his heels and into a more correct position for his back.
I also thought about having him perform streches to gain flexibility, but the problem may just be his gut pushing into his thighs at the bottom of the movement.
The full list of excercises that we’re doing are bench press - barbell rows -overhead press - pullups - deadlifts.
Any input is appreciated.