Charles R. Poliquin – Strength Sensei
Charles R. Poliquin is a world renowned strength coach who has trained over 800 olympic athletes across 23 different events, as well as professionals in the NHL, NFL, NBA and in soccer.
He has been teaching for over 40 years and many consider him to be the most successful strength coach ever. Charles is a expert in muscle growth, strength, sports performance, and coined the phrase “the myth of discipline.”
He is the author of 14 books, has written over 2,000 articles, and is featured in an entire chapter of Tim Ferriss‘ NY Times Best seller “TOOLS OF TITANS.”
02:35 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:32 Brian’s introduction.
05:10 Biggest issue against strength training in Britain is its mainstream media and free healthcare.
07:14 Earn your carbs and having penis skin on your arms.
15:24 Eat according to your genes.
17:00 Charles’ advice to sports people about what to eat.
21:30 People who choose veganism have lower IQs and those on vegan diets lower their IQs.
24:57 Charles’ advice to Brian on his challenge to run an Ironman race on a plant-based diet.
33:04 The myth of discipline and how Charles became interested in strength training.
48:35 How and why he started coaching at 17 years old.
53:24 What it was like being a pioneer of strength coaching in the 1980s.
59:19 Dorian Yates training method.
1:06:24 What Charles does initially with an unsuccessful Olympian athlete.
1:07:39 The five elements in relation to strength training.
1:19:19 Performance enhancing drug use in Russia and elsewhere, its effect on sport and the Olympics.
1:37:19 Charles’ views on the UFC and drug taking amongst athletes in other sports.
1:45:46 The future in strength coaching.
1:48:46 Why and how he uses his wealth to support athletes and causes.
1:58:13 Charles advice to aspiring successful strength coaches.
2:07:25 The growth mindset, why he wants Jo Average to know what he knows about Olympic athletes.
2:13:35 A life not examined is a life not worth living.
2:14:30 Success secrets.
2:15:16 Where and how Charles trains, attends brain picking sessions and makes every day count.
2:30:37 Best and worst days of his life.
2:36:15 What scares him.
2:37:21 What he is most proud of.
2:38:38 What keeps him awake at night.
2:39:16 The most influential person in his life.
2:42:35 Why Charles likes to coach wrestlers.
2:45:58 Advice to the 20-year old Charles R. Poliquin
2:47:49 Best advice ever received.
2:48:43 Advice to the 20-year old watching on how they can improve their life.
2:51:08 You never tell someone they are good, you only reward effort.
2:54:37 Brian’s thanks.
Strength Sensei website
Charles R. Poliquin on Twitter
Strength Sensei on YouTube
Strength Sensei on Instagram
Charles R. Poliquin on Facebook
Charles R. Poliquin on Wikipedia
Arm Size and Strength: The Ultimate Guide
Modern Trends in Strength Training: Volume 1
High Risk Populations: The Pimas of Arizona and Mexico
Laval University Physical Activity Sciences Lab: Genetics of human obesity: recent results from linkage studies
Stamford University low carb study
The Game Changers (film)
Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Canadian National Handball Team
CIA Personality Quiz
Doping by Brigitte Berendonk
Navy SEAL Foundation
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple Way to Banish Clutter Forever
People mentioned in this episode:
Dr Michael Greger
Dr Gabrielle Lyon
Mauro Di Pasquale
Eric R Braverman
John Bosley Ziegler