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!
All of the responses are excellent. I would only add that the best low back exercise I know is the, and I hope I’m not wrongly quoting yoga, cobra. In a prone position, clasp the hands behind the neck, and with no lower body contraction, extend the trunk off the floor. It doesn’t have to be a big movement, maybe only 15-20 degrees of extension.
If he hasn’t already, a visit with his orthopedist to clarify the etiology of his knee pain would be a good idea.