I have to do an assessment and workout plan for a 54 year male client who has never lifted weights and has low back pain, knee pain and is pre-hypertensive… what exercises should I initially assess him on for our first session, and what was are best to avoid? this is for a full body strength training assessment……? Thank You
I don’t know what you mean by “pre-hypertensive.” What are your benchmarks for resting systolic and diastolic readings? First step—make sure your client has been cleared by his physician for vigorous exercise. Bryce excellently answered the question in depth.
I would avoid exercises that load trunk flexion. Trunk extension exercises, without exacerbated pain, should be emphasized, prone, trunk extension for example. With regard to the knee pain, I recommend avoiding any high impact lower extremity exercises, focusing instead on low impact (e.g., steps v. jumping.) And see an orthopedist.