Charles R. Poliquin, One of the Most Influential Strength Coaches in the World, Has Unexpectedly Passed Away

Highly influential strength coach,Charles Poliquin, has passed away at age 57.

The cause of death is currently unknown. The announcement was made in English and French on his Facebook page on the afternoon of Thursday, September 27.

It is hard to adequately describe the life of a man so enormously successful. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he began coaching athletes of various disciplines while he was a graduate student, opened several training institutes around the country, established a certification program, wrote over a half a dozen training manuals and books, and as a coach he produced hundreds of Olympic medals.

It is extremely sad and unexpected news for the strength training and bodybuilding communities. In his professional career, Charles trained countless Olympic medalists and professional athletes, but he may be best known as a strength coach and lover of all things bodybuilding. He is well known for popularizing German Volume Training and the athletic benefits of hypertrophy. His training methods were widely replicated and followed by many clients, coaches, trainers, and readers, including myself.

Poliquin family released this announcement below:

“It is with a heavy heart that the Poliquin family from Ottawa announces the sudden passing of their brother Charles, a strength trainer much esteemed in his community. He was 57 years old. He leaves behind his daughter Krystal, his brothers Michel, Daniel and Louis, his beloved sisters, Isabelle and Stéphanie as well as a countless number of friends. A celebration of his life will take place. Details on the event will be shared in the next few days.”

This is a tragedy that hits particularly close to home in the strength and conditioning community. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to his loved ones and the entire strength community.

There will be a lot of athletes raising glasses in his honor tonight.

Rest in peace, Mr. Poliquin.

Stay Strong,

Brett Place