My wife, at least for now, has gotten serious about working out. She's worked out with me at 6am the last two days
She has never participated in any
type of program before, of any kind, is 29 years old, weighs 100lbs, and eats wierd food. Having good genetics has saved her from any health issues, aside from the fact that she has asthma. In fact, asthma may be the biggest hindrance to her having done anything like this before.
So, as far as being a blank slate in regard to conditioning, this is going to be really interesting to see what happens. We have 8 weeks while she doesn't have to work and can pour herself into it without that concern. I started her off on broomstick squats and deads, ala Starting Strength, yesterday. Even so, she is quite sore. In fact, my thinking is that we will do nothing but strength building type workouts for her program. This will get her stronger while not causing the asthma to kick in. Today she did 5lb overhead db presses, wall push ups, and body rows from the rings. She is quite done from that as well. Tomorrow will be a rest day. The plan is have her work out 4 days per week, strength stuff only. She is keeping a log. I'm really keen to see the linear progression that results and the overall effect on her. We might post her results for fun at summer's end, not sure though.
BTW, my two year old likes to hang with me out back at times and he lugs dbs, plates and rocks around for fun. It seems he really enjoys picking up heavy stuff (for him) and testing himself.
I have benefited a lot from all of you on this site already and hope to hear your observations about our current fun.