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What are everyone's thoughts on Charles Poliquin's methods and writings?

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Created October 13, 2010 at 3:47 AM

I know that Charles Poliquin is a strong proponent of the paleo diet, and I am interested in reading some off his books. He has a few interesting articles on strength training I've read, but seems somewhat narrow-minded in his thoughts on yoga, crossfit, and their applicability to everyday life. Does anyone have any reccomendations on good books by him or thoughts in general relating to him?

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on October 15, 2010
at 01:19 PM

I lift, and have read a lot. Those were my only qualifications. (That said, 90% of the other attendees were personal trainers or strength coaches.)

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on October 14, 2010
at 05:56 PM

Do you have to already be a trainer to get Poliquin certification, or is it recommended with only a strong interest, but no professional background in that field?

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on October 13, 2010
at 08:30 PM

He has a good article on increasing pull up strength though.

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on October 13, 2010
at 08:29 PM

That article is really silly, but entertaining. It seems that he doesnt have much of a knowledge of the ancient principles of the elements or their context in chinese medicine.

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on October 13, 2010
at 05:27 PM

His blog is cheeky and fun to read but oh boy that link you got there is a real winner. Wow. Breaking the element code? Uhoh, pass:)

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on October 13, 2010
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Full disclosure: I have a Level 1 Poliquin certification, and I've taken several of his two-day seminars including Anatomy for Strength Training, Explosive Power, and Poliquin Instant Muscle Strengthening Technique.

His main beef with Crossfit (which I think is shared, secretly or not so secretly, by a lot of Crossfitters themselves) is that asking people--especially untrained people--to do Olympic lifts, or big compound movements like deadlifts, for time is a recipe for bad form and injury, even with a good coach. Yes, he does have very strong opinions, but he can generally back them up; he's very knowledgeable and well-read. And he's often not as dogmatic as he seems. Even thougth his approach to weight training is very old school, he's a big believer in soft-tissue work, stretching, alternative medicine, natural remedies, etc. (And, as you said, he's paleo).

If you are interested in gaining muscular size or strength, his books have a lot of good information.

Cacc89096bbbec20ff6904cbbd58e92d

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on October 14, 2010
at 05:56 PM

Do you have to already be a trainer to get Poliquin certification, or is it recommended with only a strong interest, but no professional background in that field?

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on October 15, 2010
at 01:19 PM

I lift, and have read a lot. Those were my only qualifications. (That said, 90% of the other attendees were personal trainers or strength coaches.)

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on October 13, 2010
at 04:18 PM

My first impression was that the guy pushes his supplements way too hard. And some of his stuff is pretty crazy. The silliest one being this.

Cacc89096bbbec20ff6904cbbd58e92d

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on October 13, 2010
at 08:30 PM

He has a good article on increasing pull up strength though.

Cacc89096bbbec20ff6904cbbd58e92d

(273)

on October 13, 2010
at 08:29 PM

That article is really silly, but entertaining. It seems that he doesnt have much of a knowledge of the ancient principles of the elements or their context in chinese medicine.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 13, 2010
at 05:27 PM

His blog is cheeky and fun to read but oh boy that link you got there is a real winner. Wow. Breaking the element code? Uhoh, pass:)

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