charles poliquin

To make drastic progress in changing any aspect of your physique, a change worthy of a transformation photo, you need to be willing to suffer. This post is not intended to be read from an elitist point of view, nor is it meant to discourage some trainees from their goals. This is simply an honest [...]

Some of you will know that at least 50% of my decision to move across Canada and place myself in the concrete jungle that is Toronto, was to learn from, and work along-side Mike Demeter. Known as “The Oracle” among the high-level coaching communities, Mike often positions himself as the voice of reason in a [...]

Currently living in the Caribbean, I find myself being thankful for a lot of things. One of them, is having the privilege to work along side Tony Parra, Level 5 PICP Coach, successful Olympic medaling Strength Coach, and owner of Workout BVM here in Santo Domingo. Tony, self-admittedly, is an intensity addict. His true love [...]

Over the last few weeks, one of my main goals when it comes to my training has been to drastically bring up my hamstrings. Glutes are doing just fine, and have never been a problem. In fact, they are probably the main reason it’s impossible for me to buy any mainstream designer jeans.   I’m [...]

September 1st 2012, 6:03am I peeled myself from the bed, which, at that point, consisted of a mattress on the floor. Such is life when on the move and in transition. This was, in fact the third time in four months I’d been up-rooted in search of greener grass in the city of Toronto.   [...]

Yesterday, I finished what was, for me,  one of the most gratifying, progressive, muscle-building training sessions of the year. My chest was electrified, stretching the fibers of my shirt, twitching with every move. Loads were increased by 10% across the board. Deep, meaningful, good pain caused by a powerful connection, the likes of which are rarely replicable. Perhaps the [...]

Ebb and flow. Over the past two months, it’s felt like more of an ebb – a sickening ebb. From less-than-ideal weather to dampen the mood, to horrible bouts of illness, my eloquently laid plans fell to crumbs. Three weeks of training that does not live up to the previously established standard is, to put [...]

Focus, and eliminate the noise. For the sake of my sanity.   Box Jumps, Medicine Ball Twists, Slams, Battling Ropes, Rowers, Ladders, Reaction Drills….All may have their places within areas of the industry. The Fitness Industry is vast and welcoming to any goal you may have. In fact, it’s one of the major attractions people [...]

**Note: “The last thing the internet needs is another post on goal setting”…Then why the hell are so many people doing it wrong, or spinning their wheels? Allow me to lay out some tools you can use to accomplish more than ever before. You can do more, faster, than many would have you believe.** One of the [...]

Welcome, welcome. Rise from the cesspool of crumbs, turkey, alcohol and flipped schedules. The holidays are for enjoyment, and I sure as hell hope you enjoyed yourself. The reduced activity on the blog, social networks and email probably indicated that I was having a blast – that indication would be 100% correct. In fact, my [...]