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#176: Charles Poliquin- Build Muscle, Gain Strength and Burn Fat

by Mike Mutzel


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About Charles R Poliquin

Charles is recognized as one of the World’s most accomplished strength coaches who attributes his success to the quest for the “magical training program”. His drive to find the Holy Grail of strength training began as a child when he heard his calling in the library instead of the church. Here is his story.

Charles has helped many elite athletes produce hundreds of medals, wins and personal bests in over 17 different sports including athletes from summer and winter Olympics, the NHL, and NFL. He is known worldwide for producing faster and stronger athletes.As the creator of Poliquin Performance Center, Charles spent years teaching coaches worldwide a better way of getting results with their clients.Now as Strength Sensei he shares his acquired knowledge and wisdom with the emerging leaders in the strength and conditioning field.Now after decades of disciplined research and training he has refined his craft so he can educate the dedicated few who want to maximize their learning so they can bring their results back to their athletes
Charles now dedicates his time to educate strength coaches from around the world so they can produce world class athletes.



Books and Resources Discussed

Charles Poliquin Mike Mutzel Muscle Mass



Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Arm Size and Strength: The Ultimate Guide

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Show Notes

02:19 To win the war on fat, you need to win the insulin war.


03:43 Athletes’ Alzheimer’s propensity


04:19 Profound benefits of strength training


05:39 You don’t need carbs; how to personalize your carbohydrate intake around exercise


06:41 Risk/benefit of peptides like SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator)


08:12 The beneficial hormonal influence of doing squats


09:30 DHEA Sulfate, the mother of all androgens


11:50 DHEA for women


12:37 The best anabolic agent is sleep.


15:03 Screen time affects androgens, sleep, weight gain, fitness, and information retention.


19:50 Carbohydrates are not for everyone.


24:20 Managing stress hormones with carbohydrates


24:40 Meat, wild and domestic, sources of protein


27:06 Meal timing and frequency


29:13 Athletic performance with intermittent fasting and protein/fat consumption


33:39 Regular blood work is a lie detector.


37:18 Leucine and branch chain amino acids for hypertrophy


40:08 Fish oil for weight loss


42:26 GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid), the healthy Omega 6


43:05 Periodization for burning fat and building muscle


49:23 Mindset and quality over quantity


57:55 Charles’ morning routine


01:02:04 Charles’ favorite nutrients/foods are brain-ready carnitine, curcumin and water buffalo.


01:03:54 Charles’ elevator pitch would be to ban soda and look to the Finns for education reform.




Join the conversation

  1. Hi Mike
    I am a 58 year old post menopausal women. I am on bHRT (testosterone cream, estradiol patch), as well as 10 mg of micronized Pure encapsulated DHEA. I am in the best shape of my life. I ditched the long, slow cardio& eat more fat along with non starchy vegetables & quality protein.
    I would love some clarification on the Poliquin interview. About 11 minutes in, during the discussion about DHEA, you asked about women taking DHEA sulfate & developing male pattern baldness. Charles’ answer was difficult to understand (“only if they take BOLDAGE?? doses”). Two questions:
    1) Could you reiterate his answer, as well as explain what it means?
    2) Is DHEA sulfate the same as what I’m taking (10 mg of micronized Pure encapsulated DHEA)?
    Thanks for all you do!

    • Hi Di!

      Great question. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

      Charles (and others) suggest non-bolus doses of DHEA (i.e. 2 mg or 5 mg given BID etc…). This may help minimize side effects.

      A) Bolus dose was word he used
      2) DHEA-S is how you measure DHEA in the serum, also look into the DUTCH test to see how the metabolites of your treatment is working.

      Hope this helps!


  2. Hi,

    3 things:

    1. How much omega 3s should a mid-aged woman take to burn belly fat, especially one who cannot handle bad carbs well?
    2. Instead of high-fat dairy cream, I’m assuming we can use high fat coconut cream. Will you recommend some brands that are not sold in cans, that are BPA-FREE?
    3. How do we get glutamine and in which forms to mix in smoothies or shakes to beat carb cravings?


    • Hi there E,

      Probably best work with a practitioner, but I would try starting two to three caps of the XYMOGEN Omega MonoPure 1300 EC daily; you can increase as needed. (This should increase your RBC EPA and DHA into the double digit range.

      Many BPA-free coconut! Shop at a local co-op or natural food store.

      5-15 grams of glutamine post workout should be good–as long as you’re really pushing it in the gym.



  3. Hi, great episode! I’m trying to sign up for the Ebook
    Muscle guide but it’s redirecting me, please advise, thank you!

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