Fitness world shocked by the death of Strength Trainer Charles Poliquin.

Charles Poliquin, World Renowned Strength Coach, Has Died At Age 57

We are saddened to report that world renowned Strength coach, Charles Poliquin has passed away at the age of 57.

The cause of death is still unknown and it has left the fitness world in shock.

The announcement of the passing of Charles was posted on his official Facebook page in English and in French.

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.

La famille Poliquin se voit dans la triste obligation d’annoncer le décès subit de Charles Poliquin, entraîneur en force bien connu de son milieu. Il était âgé de 57 ans. Lui survivent sa fille, Krystal, ses frères Michel, Daniel et Louis, ses sœurs adorées Isabelle et Stéphanie ainsi qu’un grand nombre d’amis. Une célébration de sa vie aura lieu. De plus amples informations sur l’événement seront disponibles au courant des prochains jours.

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 half a dozen books, and as a coach he produced hundreds of Olympic medals.

He trained athletes in over a dozen different sports including the NFL and NHL, long jumpers, speed skaters, and more, but he may be best known as a strength coach and lover of all things muscle building. He’s well known for popularizing German Volume Training and the athletic benefits of hypertrophy.

Charles has also contributed to the website

Some of the world class athletes that Charles has guided are below:

  • David Boston, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver
  • Al MacInnis, Retired NHL defenseman, Norris Trophy winner
  • Joe Nieuwendyk, Florida Panthers, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Stanley Cup winner
  • Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks, Stanley Cup winner; winner of Norris and Hart Trophies
  • Canadian short-track speed-skating team
  • Dwight Phillips, Olympic Gold Medalist long jumper
  • Nanceen Perry, World Record Holder 4 x 200 metre
  • Michelle Freeman, former number 1 ranked hurdler in the World.
  • Chris Thorpe, Olympic Silver & Bronze Medalist, Double’s Luge
  • Adam Nelson, World Champion & 2x Olympic Silver Medalist, Shot Put
  • Ben Pakulski, Top Canadian Bodybuilder and Trainer
  • Gary Roberts, NHL player—Roberts credits Poliquin with helping him make a successful return to the NHL after 2 of his previous return attempts failed due to physical injury.

We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Charles Poliquin in this difficult time.