What are the best strength exercises for someone (54 year old male) with low back pain and knee pain? This person is pre-hypertensive and has a BMIi of 39. Wants to lose quite a bit of weight and has never lifted weights before. Any suggestions on some exercises to be prescribed? (legs, core, back….). I don’t want to overwhelm him with too much.. since he has never lifted. How many reps and sets are appropriate for this client?… (8-12, obviously low weight… perhaps 2 sets? Thanks so much!
Is this person medically cleared? Has he seen any medical professional about the issue? If so I would start with what has or hasn’t worked so far then take a good look at his hips. If there is pain in the knee and low back (which are areas that require stabilization) then there is most likely tightness/weakness in the hips(which requires mobility and strength).
When the hips have limited mobility then the knee and Lumbar area are forced to compensate with increased mobility to make up for movement not happening in the hips. This can cause problems. As Joy stated (hi Joy!) it could also be a tracking issue, which is why a medical professional should be consulted.