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I have no doubt this guy knows his fair share about training and nutrition. I have no doubt he is among the most qualified. But consider the following points re: Poliquin.
I have highlighted the parts to which I call your attention.
1.) ""If your goal is to fit into Armani's midriff-baring design, Charles Poliquin believes the key to a flat stomach lies in diet, strength training and a little relaxation. "Stress affects the way we store fat," explains Poliquin, who is considered one of the world's most successful strength coaches. "Women who have trouble losing weight in their abdominal region have high levels of cortisol as a result of stress." Poliquin adds that applying licorice root gel on your abs every morning will help your hormones reset themselves. If you use a little every morning, you'll see results in 10 to 14 days.""
2.) "Adam Nelson, two-time Olympic silver medalist in the shot put, is an example of an elite athlete who neglected his rotator cuff development. One exercise he could not do because it caused so much pain was the power snatch. After several weeks of performing external rotator cuff work I prescribed, he power snatched 286 pounds for 3 reps. In fact, working these muscles also helped his pressing strength, because after six months of training he increased his incline bench press, using a 3-inch-thick bar, from 285 pounds to 525!"
3.) "I realize how anabolic food is every time I go teach in the Dominican Republic. Last time I taught a Biosignature Modulation course in the DR, the students took my body fat Monday morning. I was at 8% and weighed 198 pounds.
Now, there's no such thing as grain-fed in the DR; they can't afford it, so cows eat grass. And if you eat a mango over there you have to eat it over a sink because it's so juicy. The eggs too are far more anabolic. They're orange and full of omega-3s, like all eggs naturally were thousands of years ago.
A DR avocado tastes like butter it's so rich in nutrients. Eating avocados over here is like eating fiberglass once you've had a DR avocado. It's like having sex with Pamela Anderson then having to have sex with Rosie O'Donnell.
Anyway, five days later, after eating only Dominican Republic foods, I weighed 209 at 6% body fat. My business partner came to finish the seminar, took one look at me and said, "What happened to you?!"
cliffs: charles gained 13 lbs of lean mass in 5 days from eating secret Dominician food.
4.) Statement by Charles:
"If you have trouble falling asleep at night, your workout intensity is too high. If you wake up feeling like you didn't get enough sleep, your volume is too high."
- I assume this was given in context so I didn't bold anything. If it wasn't then everyone will agree he may be jumping to conclusions.
I do get what he is saying and I think it may be true.
5) Quote by someone on bb.com forum: "Oh man, in the new Ironman Poliquin has some real doosies. Like: Deep connective tissue massage can increase strength 2-10%, even in elite athletes."
- my question here is if you're dealing with the top of the pop, how many are going to get direct results from deep tissue work in the form of 10%. Again... I know from guys like doc and todd and others that deep tissue is good and can work, but these figures - like many of Charles' - seem outrageous. In any event I think he should specicy that 10% would be the rare exception rather than anything resembling a norm. But this is just my guesswork as a layman.
6.) Some other poster on bb.com: "I've read him recommend something like 30-40g fish oil per day.
Are there any studies or anecdotal evidence other than from Charles' archives that back up this recommendation?
7.) "If asparagus makes your urine smell you are deficient in Vitamin B9 and B12. Taking these B vitamins will help prevent Alzheimer's"
- Are there sound medical grounds for backing this`?
8.) "However, there's some evidence to suggest that the leg press might result in more hypertrophy of the quadriceps. One study showed that for the same number of reps, the leg press resulted in a higher amount of GH being produced than squats. As possible evidence, the leg press is the exercise of choice when it comes to speed skating, and I've personally worked with speed skaters whose legs made Tom Platz's look like Woody Allen's. While I'm loathe to recommend leg presses instead of squats, I merely present it as an interesting discussion point."
--- this one speaks for itself!!!!! to quote Doc, UGH! It's basically disrespectful.
9.) A friend of mine mentioned that Charles argued that the stomach acid in (most?) humans is too high/pH too low, which results in sub-par uptake of nutrition in foods. My friend then mentioned that medical research conducted when examining how ulcer medicine affected digestion completely counter Charles' statements.
I have also read much criticism that Charles "pushes" the very supplements he himself sells (which I guess in some ways i a general t-nation problem).