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!
First and foremost would be an authorization from the client’s physician to ensure that he isn’t causing any damage or problems by exercising. Then I would start him off with low-intensity exercise such as walking and combine (or alternate) that with stationary cycling (which should help build his leg strength without stressing his knees – again assuming that he does NOT have an underlying knee injury/issue that will be exacerbated by exercise). I would then ease him into more body weight, limited range of motion exercise such as ‘mini’ squats, and progress him into using resistance tubes and bands.
I hope that this helps.