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
Great question. First and foremost, you need to clarify what type of pain the person is experiencing.
Dull ache-tends to be muscular
Shooting, numbness, tingling, fuzzy feeling-disc, occluded nerve
Stiff-muscular or joint
Second, if ANY client is experience shooting or neurological symptoms, training should not commence and the client should see a MD to be examined or a physio, to determine the extent of it.
Third, a book on a particular method is not going to solve the problem. Understanding the pathology or condition is paramount, how long they have had the pain, type, quality, severity, irritability(how long it takes to settle down) as well as their past medical history before even prescribing or designing a safe exercise program.