On Thursday the 27th of September I got a text from a past client and friend asking me if I heard that Charles Poliquin had passed away and whether or not it was true. I went onto Poliquins’ facebook Strength Sensei Alumni page and saw that unfortunately, it was. I have no better way of describing my first initial feeling like a hefty emotional blow to the gut. Charles Poliquin was by far my biggest influence regarding training, nutrition, and supplementation; in other words, everything involved in my industry.
I made a video on what he meant to me and I’ve shared that below, but first here are a few short words.
In November of 1995, I first discovered who Charles Poliquin was when I opened up a brand new magazine that just came out called Muscle Media 2000. Charles was a contributor to the articles. When I read my very first Poliquin article in that magazine I was blown away by the information. It was science finally and not just some regurgitated info from more than likely a ghostwriter claiming a professional bodybuilder like all the bodybuilder magazines that came before it. It was like Charles Poliquin was speaking a foreign language. There was stuff he spoke of that I’d never heard before. It wasn’t long after that that I basically wanted to become Charles Poliquin. I consumed anything and everything I could get my hands on that he wrote.
Around the late 90’s Charles wrote a book called The Poliquin Principles, which changed my life. I was an assistant manager at a Power House gym in Michigan signing people up for memberships and running the day to day operations. I got certified as a personal trainer and started training people when I wasn’t performing my regular job/duties. The certification sucked and I didn’t learn anything especially compared to what I was learning from coach Poliquin. Basically, as a friend of mine would say that also works in my industry, the certification wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. The results that I was getting from this book were nothing short of spectacular.
Around 2003 Charles Poliquin came out with his Level 1 Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) and I took it right away. This was basically The Poliquin Principles on steroids figuratively speaking. More unbelievable information that continued to catapult my knowledge and proficiency to produce great results on myself and with clients I trained. Not to brag but I was one of the first people in the United States to get this certification. If my memory serves me correctly there was anywhere from 12 to 20 people on the list, which I saw.
Around 2005 I received an email from Poliquin telling me that an intern of his Mike Bystol was opening up a Poliquin Performance Center (PPC) in Northfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I emailed my resume to Mike Bystol and eventually got a phone call from him for a phone interview. A few months later I flew to Chicago from Jacksonville, Florida for an in-person interview. I was offered the job before leaving and was the first employee. I saw Poliquin around 2 to 4 times while I worked there. I was hoping he’d be there a lot more than that but I was grateful for the times I did see him. I don’t get star struck by celebrities or athletes but I did with him. Reading his stuff is one thing but learning from him and hearing him speak in person was simply amazing.
Since this time I’ve taken around 5 to 6 seminars/certifications with him and consultations. I wish I would’ve taken many more and was looking forward to seeing him speak again in future seminars.
There is nobody in this industry that has had the impact that Charles Poliquin made and he will never be forgotten. He is truly an icon in the fitness/strength world.
LEGENDS NEVER DIE.