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|Died||September 26, 2018 57)(aged|
|Occupation||Strength coach, fitness author|
Charles R. Poliquin (March 5, 1961 – September 26, 2018) was a Canadian strength coach. He was also the author of eight books.
Charles Poliquin was born on March 5, 1961 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He earned a master's degree in Exercise Physiology. He started strength training at an early age.
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 trained numerous Olympic and professional athletes.
Poliquin published articles in peer-reviewed journals of exercise 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 gym-goer is. As a columnist, he penned 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. Poliquin has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.
Poliquin died on September 26, 2018 at the age of 57.The cause of death has not been made public. A tribute to Poliquin on a weightlifting website to which he was a contributor indicated he died of a heart attack.
In commenting on Poliquin's death, former client and friend to Poliquin, Gary Roberts, stated, “He lost his father early to a genetic heart disease. He knew he had this in his family. He had a heart attack previously, so he was on top of his nutrition as a result. I knew that was a concern for him.”
Poliquin was survived by his daughter.
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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.