I’m happy for you and your client that you accepted a challenge even when a little uncertain. I have been working with a man who’s 78 and had a stroke three years ago, and by far, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve experienced in a very long time.
I will preface this by saying that I was fortunate enough to be at his last two sessions with the physical therapist. We both got bored pretty quickly, so I had to get creative, I began bringing pieces from my home gym that included different resistance bands, a few body bars, and my open mind. I keep experimenting very conservatively, so we’ve built confidence and trust together. Communication has been essential, and I’m lucky that Jerry is really good natured. 🙂
All advice above is great! Because my client has to use a walker and is very balance-challenged, a lot of his core and upper body work is sitting. Although we work biceps and chest (he beamed the day I could point out his “strong guns”), we spend a lot of time with the posterior muscles; seated, he does unilateral reverse flys and low rows, and lying down, lat pulldowns. I’m holding the other end of the figure 8 band. He does have a good hip hinge and can intentionally contract his abs, so he is doing a mini deadlift- hands tap chair seat and return to standing. Lots of bridges lying on the bed too- best cue to get a smile is reminding him to “pinch a quarter! 🙂 (bridges may not be great because of degree of knee flexion after TKR?)
Wishing you great success (and joy!)