So, I've been wanting to have a training partner for quite a while, but it seems that most of my friends are bums. And the ones who actually do lift, don't seem to have schedules that match up with mine, which makes it nearly impossible to get into the gym together.
Friday, a guy at work asked if I'd mind if he comes to lift with me from now on. Apparently, some guy at a bar gave him a hard time the previous night, and it served as a bit of a wake-up call to him. He was just hanging out with his girl, when a bigger guy started giving his girl some unwanted attention. My co-worker said that it occurred to him then that he wouldn't be able to protect his girl if anything ever went down. So, he wants to do something about it.
What I'm looking for from you guys is some tips on working out with a little guy. He's about 5'8" 120 pounds, and from what he says, he's never been able to gain any weight no matter how hard he's tried. Of course, I automatically assume that he hasn't eaten/lifted enough, and that'll be the first thing I tell him. However, I am aware that some guys simply have a harder time putting on weight than other guys.
This guy really is very very small, and I've never worked out with somebody significantly weaker than me. I really want to help him, and it'll be a huge bonus to have a training partner. My concern is that I want to work him hard, and push his limits, but I don't want to push him so hard that he just gives up and doesn't come back...That wouldn't be any good for either of us.
Any tips for walking that line between pushing too hard and being too easy on him?
Are there any signs to look for that might signal to me that he's nearing the quitting point?
Any tips for making the workout run smoothly? Will stripping tons of weight off/putting it back on take as long, and be as annoying as think it will?
Are there any lifts that a complete beginner just simply shouldn't be doing, despite having someone there to keep an eye on his form?
I know we have several personal trainers on this site, and I'm definitely hoping to gain some good insights from them. But, I'm also interested in hearing from some people who have simply lifted with weak friends.
Thanks in advance, to anyone who decides to chime in with some helpful thoughts...