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March 5, 1961|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Strength coach, fitness author|
Charles Poliquin (born March 5, 1961) is a Canadian strength coach. He is the author of eight books.
Poliquin began working as a strength coach while he was in graduate school in Canada. He helped popularize German Volume Training. In the late 1990s, Poliquin founded Poliquin Performance, opening the first Poliquin Performance Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2001, and the Poliquin Strength Institute in East Greenwich, Rhode Island in 2009. Throughout this time he certified coaches in the Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP), which includes a body hormone profiling method, which he invented, called BioSignature Modulation. In September 2013 Poliquin parted ways with Poliquin Performance (now renamed Poliquin Group). He subsequently founded another fitness company called Strength Sensei. He has trained numerous Olympic and professional athletes.
Poliquin published articles in peer-reviewed journals of exercises science and strength and conditioning. His training theories were introduced to the bodybuilding community in 1993 through his articles for Muscle Media 2000 magazine, and after 1998 through the online and print versions of Testosterone Magazine (now known as T-Nation). He coined the phrase "the myth of discipline" to suggest that fitness results depend on how motivated a gymgoer is. As a columnist, he has written over 600 articles in numerous publications. Additionally, he is the author of eight books, many of which have been translated into 12 different languages, including Swedish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese. His first book, The Poliquin Principles formatted a basic summary of his training methods and provided insight into the training regimens of some of the world's top athletes.
Selected list of trainees
- David Boston, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver
- Al MacInnis, Retired NHL defenseman, Norris Trophy winner
- Joe Nieuwendyk, Florida Panthers, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Stanley Cup winner
- Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks, Stanley Cup winner; winner of Norris and Hart Trophies
- Canadian short-track speed-skating team
- Dwight Phillips, Olympic Gold Medalist long jumper
- Nanceen Perry, World Record Holder 4 x 200 metre
- Michelle Freeman, former number 1 ranked hurdler in the World.
- Chris Thorpe, Olympic Silver & Bronze Medalist, Double's Luge
- Adam Nelson, World Champion & 2x Olympic Silver Medalist, Shot Put
- Ben Pakulski, Top Canadian Bodybuilder and Trainer
- Gary Roberts, NHL player—Roberts credits Poliquin with helping him make a successful return to the NHL after 2 of his previous return attempts failed due to physical injury.
- The Poliquin Principles - 1997, 2006
- The German Body Comp Program - 1997, 2005
- Manly Weight Loss - 1998
- Modern Trends in Strength Training - 2000, 2001, 2005
- Winning the Arms Race - 2000, 2001, 2005
- Applied Strongman Training for Sport (with co-author Art McDermott) - 2006
- Ask Coach Poliquin (Volumes I and II) - 2006
- Arm Size and Strength: The Ultimate Guide - 2015
- "Introduction to the German Volume Training". STRENGTH SENSEI. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
- "Poliquin Group Company overview". poliquingroup.com.
- "About Charles". Rhode Island: Poliquin LLC. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Poliquin Tips". poliquingroup.com.
- Charles Poliquin. "Charles Poliquin - World's most successful strength coaches – Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the World's most successful strength coach. He continues to optimize training methods for professional athletes and Olympians worldwide. He has perfected the art of writing routines that produce results". Strength Sensei.
- "Charles Poliquin Interview". criticalbench.com.
- "T-Nation - Authors". t-nation.com.
- Mitchell, Nick (2016). Your Ultimate Body Transformation Plan: Get Into the Best Shape of Your Life in Just 12 Weeks. London, U.K.: Thorsons. p. 27. ISBN 9780008147914. OCLC 944207044.
- Anderson, Craig. "Top Ten Q&A for Hockey Players". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
Gary hired Poliquin Performance to just get back in shape and improve his quality of life. After a few months of training, his strength and mobility improved and he started to feel like he could possibly play hockey again. At that point his decision to return to the NHL was definite.