I’m a newly certified trainer, at age 50, and I have a friend who I’m helping get started on a fitness program. I was thinking of starting her out on the machines, like I was 12 years ago. Mostly to get her comfortable with them so she can use them when I’m not around and also to just get her familiar with how all the muscles work individually. Would you say that’s the correct way to approach it? I’m only asking cause I don’t use machines anymore except for the back sometimes. I like more of the body weight functional exercises.
Sign a waiver, do a fitness assessment, set realistic goals according to the results of her assessment and then go from there. There is a lot of good information here posted from others, so it should give you an idea how to proceed. Machines are not a bad way to start training her and since only you know her, what her assessment, and health history and fitness goals are you are the one who can make the best decision for her. Progression is the best way to proceed.