December 10, 2020
Poliquin Principles: A Review
WRITTEN BY Gretchen Collier

The late Charles Poliquin was a legendary coach and expert in the field of nutrition and strength training. His principles still influence coaches and athletes today. In the third edition of his book Poliquin Principles, he provides guidelines and advice on foundational training elements based upon scientific research, empirical evidence, and his own successes in working with elite athletes.  He calls these guidelines the Poliquin Principles. The context of this book is centered around bodybuilders, but the principles can be applied to any strength training program. In the first section of the book he defines the principles and in the second section, he deep dives into how to apply them. Below I have listed my key takeaways from reading this book.

Section 1: Defining the Poliquin Principles

Chapter 1: Reps

Chapter 2: Sets

Chapter 3: Tempo

Chapter 4: Rest Intervals

Chapter 5: Frequency, Duration and Volume

Chapter 6: Exercise Selection and Exercise Order

Chapter 7: Recovery

Chapter 8: Advanced Training Methods

Chapter 9: The Kaizen Principle

Section 2: Applying the Poliquin Principles

Chapter 10: Quads

Chapter 11: Hamstrings

Chapter 12: Calves

Chapter 13: Chest

Chapter 14: Shoulders

Chapter 15: Upper Back

Chapter 16: Arms

Chapter 17: Abdominals

Chapter 18: Nutrition

Chapter 19: Supplements

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