Posts by: Charles Poliquin

What is the best training frequency for individual bodyparts?

/ Posted 04.15.2014

Q: I’ve been training for two years and have made good progress. What is the best training frequency for individual … continue reading

When performing 1 1/4 squats, why do you recommend a quarter movement at the bottom of the squat?

/ Posted 04.13.2014

Q: I’ve heard that you recommend performing 1 1/4 squats, in which you do a quarter movement at the bottom … continue reading

How realistic are the weight losses we see on weight-loss TV shows?

/ Posted 04.09.2014

Q: How realistic are the weight losses we see on weight-loss TV shows? Also, do you think these shows inspire … continue reading

Do you still use the same training methods you used with elite athletes from the 80s and 90s?

/ Posted 04.04.2014

Q: You trained many elite athletes in the ’80s and ’90s. Do you still use the same training methods you … continue reading

Q: When is the best time to weight train?

/ Posted 04.02.2014

Q: When is the best time to weight train, and when is the best time to do energy-system training such … continue reading

What’s A Great Preworkout Caffeine Kick?

/ Posted 03.24.2014

Q: I know you’re big on caffeine, but what about drinking coffee instead of taking caffeine pills? A: Coffee is … continue reading

Are Good Mornings Bad for the Back?

/ Posted 01.15.2014

Q: What is your opinion of good mornings? I understand they’re bad for the back. A: What I find interesting … continue reading

Favorite Supplements for Muscle Building

/ Posted 01.13.2014

Q: What are your favorite supplements for muscle building? I’m new to bodybuilding and want to get a head start. … continue reading

Grip, Mass and Overload

/ Posted 01.11.2014

Q: I can’t use heavy weights on my back exercises compared to what I use for pressing movements, and it … continue reading

How much rest for chest-and-arm workouts?

/ Posted 12.30.2013

Q: For a chest-and-arm workout, how much rest time should I take between exercises? Also, would you give me an … continue reading

Q: When is the best time to train?

/ Posted 12.26.2013

Q: When is the best time to train? A: You know instinctively that the best time to train is whenever … continue reading

Back Pain And Leg-Mass Gains

/ Posted 12.24.2013

Q: I have good form on the squat, but I often strain my lower back on it.  As a result … continue reading

How to bench press without shoulder pain

/ Posted 12.02.2013

Q: I find I can bench press twice a week without any shoulder pain, but if I do it three … continue reading

Russian Secrets for Power

/ Posted 11.30.2013

Q: I’d like to get my bench press, squat and deadlift poundages up. I understand that the Russians have produced … continue reading

Fat Loss and Coconut Oil Drinks

/ Posted 11.21.2013

Q: I’ve heard that food allergies can affect fat loss—is that true? Also, is there a way to determine food … continue reading

Complete Hamstring Development

/ Posted 10.28.2013

Q: Rather than doing full squats, couldn’t I just add a few sets of leg curls to ensure complete hamstring … continue reading

Q: What are your thoughts on the 10-8-6 method?

/ Posted 10.23.2013

Q: What are your thoughts on the 10-8-6 method? A: It’s a fine system for a beginner, and I could … continue reading

Going Over the Recommended Dietary Allowance

/ Posted 10.16.2013

Q: I heard that taking more than the Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamins and minerals will just give me expensive … continue reading

Using High-rep Power Snatches and Power Cleans for Fat Loss

/ Posted 10.08.2013

Q: What do you think about using high-rep power snatches and power cleans for fat loss? A: There are many … continue reading

Best Fat Loss Training Methods

/ Posted 09.09.2013

Q: Which of these training methods should I use to lose fat—aerobics, sprints or weight training? Or is a combination … continue reading

Simple Muscle-building Fat-loss Workout

/ Posted 09.05.2013

Q: Can you give me a simple muscle-building and fat-loss workout I can do at home twice a week? I’ve … continue reading

Q: What’s the best type of chinup to perform?

/ Posted 09.02.2013

Q: What’s the best type of chinup to perform? I see many variations used and was wondering if I should … continue reading

Plyometrics for Fat Loss, Zinc Supplements and Testosterone Levels

/ Posted 08.16.2013

Q: Is there any value in performing plyometrics for fat loss? A: I realize that some so-called boot camp programs … continue reading

Profanity for Power?

/ Posted 08.11.2013

Does swearing make your workouts better? Consider that many commercial gyms will not tolerate profanity and obnoxious behavior. One successful … continue reading

Q: What exercises will improve my ability to accelerate in football?

/ Posted 08.06.2013

Q: During the summer my son, a junior in high school, can train with me at my gym for about … continue reading

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