RE: breaking-in routine
Yeah I agree with Gunit - I always tend to recommend a full body routine 3 times a week for beginners.
1. back squat, 3x10
2. overhead press, 3x8
3. deadlifts OR stiff-legged deadlifts, 3x10
4. chin-ups OR rows OR pulldowns (if too weak for chin-ups), 3 sets of whatever you can do, if you can do more than 3x8 then add weight
5. dips OR bench press, 3x8
6. crunches, 2x15, add weight if too easy
It helps them get lots of practice with the core movements, so they can really get the technique spot on and increase their poundages quickly.