I have a friend who is in his mid to late 40's. He's just recently started going to the gym to lift. He has extensive boxing and kickboxing experience but very little weight trainng. He's a father of three very active boys and is a paramedic, so his hours are fucked.
His goal is to get stronger but he also wants to look like he even lifts. TYPICAL, right?
He is currently running stronglifts type training. The big three 5x5 three times a week. He spoke to me last night and indicated the squatting frequency is killing his arthritic knee. He also said he's looking fatter than before.
I told him that getting fatter was likely because of diet. I'm no specialist in this regard but I gave him a few tips and mentioned myfitnesspal was a good tool to track things. But more whole foods, "good carbs," lots of veggies and drink water was where I went with him.
I'd like to help him find something he can commit to. 5x5 for anyone is boring and it will likely not inspire longevity in this guy.
Has anyone had a client like this? I'd like to offer him something to match his goals. I am pretty sure if he finds something he likes, he's in it for the long run.