Legendary Strength Coach Charles Poliquin Dies Age 57

Charles Poliquin Dies Ages 57

Charles Poliquin, one of the world’s most renowned coaches, has died ages 57. Apparently, the cause was a fatal heart attack.

The Poliquin family announced the death via social media. Posted on the Strength Sensei Facebook page was the following statement:

“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.”

Coach Charles Poliquin was widely respected within his community. Throughout his years in the industry, Poliquin trained many an Olympian, world champion, and professional athlete. Olympic gold medalist Dwight Philips, Stanley Cup winner Chris Progner, Olympic silver medalist Chris Thorpe, and NFL pro David Boston, are just a few of his famous trainees.

Because of his ability to take athletes to the next level, Poliquin became a worldwide authority. By the end of his career, the Strength Sensei had trained hundreds of medalists across more than 17 sports.

Poliquin started out coaching as a graduate student Then in the 90s he started the Poliquin Performance center in the 90s, where he would teach coaches from across the planet.

Alongside teaching, Charles also found time to author many books. As a writer, he shared his thoughts in many peer-reviewed journals and wrote over 600 columns in various publications.

The strength and conditioning community are understandably rocked by the news. At the time of writing, a cause of death is not official.


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  1. Charles Poliquin, a legend and true visionary in strength training, sports performance and a master “Sensei” of Human Kinesiology. Very few have touched so many the way he did. He-s been a huge influence on me and the way i train and have trained elite athletes or anyone that strive to achieve a higher level of fitness. His vast knowledge and articulate explanation of body movement and adaptation was on another level that few can ever hope to achieve. You’ll be missed but always remembered. R.I.P. STRENGTH SENSEI.

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