So I've had ten sessions with my trainer, and guess how many were lower body vs upper?
First caveat: My shoulder injury was in full glory when I started with him, so we weren't going upper body at first. For the first 5 sessions or so there was just no point.
Second caveat: We have done some upper body exercises, he's shown me plenty of exercises, I don't want to give the idea he's ignored it, it's just that it's always something we do sometimes, at the end of a session.
So his judgment, which I'm paying to receive, is that we start with squat, box squat, deadlifts, deficits, and so on. I mention this because I came to lifting like most men in the USA, and perhaps the world, thinking that making up a schedule involved figuring out what days to do bench, curls, and sit-ups. Everything was an accessory to those. Squat? Does that improve bench? Hey, I didn't know any better, and most guys don't.
But now that I've paid for some guidance, I realize: what else would I expect? Upper can wait, I'm sure we'll get to it, but squats come first.
The word will probably never get out, but we gotta keep the flame alive. When somebody tells you they might want to lift, you say, "Awesome, let's start with something you'll love cuz you can move monster weight, it's called the squat..."
Vague goals beget vague methods