Strength Sensei Inc. Staff and Team Contributors are all professional coaches who were mentored by Charles R. Poliquin and have each utilized what they learned to create their own successful careers in the industry.
Owner of The Canadian Center for Strength and Conditioning Trainer for The Canadian Armed Forces Senior Director of Content & Course Conductor for Strength Sensei Inc.
We are so fortunate to have Andre be our Senior Director for all things sold, taught and produced at Strength Sensei Inc. in Charles absence. In an archive of old articles that Charles archived we found a wonderful Interview about Andre Benoit back in 2010 entitled A Few Words with Andre Benoit. It details Andre’s work with elite athletes over his career highlighting The St. Louis Blues professional hockey team as an International Master Course Conductor for Charles back in his Poliquin Group years. Andre was Charles first full time assistant working with Charles as far back as 1989. In his employment for Charles he was instrumental in much of Charles work including the development of his educational certification programs and software.
Andre was trained by Charles prior to 1989 when he was competing as an Olympic Athlete on the Canadian Luge Team. This article goes into depth about how Charles helped Andre recover from a severe back injury to compete as an Olympian. In a current video interview by Adam McCubin on YouTube Andre speaks about his rehab in an entertaining and in-depth accounting of Andre’s history with Charles as an athlete and as a colleague. Charles and Andre enjoyed a lifelong friendship of mutual respect and loyalty that endured and extends as well to Charles daughter Krystal Poliquin in her life without her father. Charles referred to André Benoit as “his yin to my yang,” stating Andre’s “knowledge and teaching skills have helped produce the highest standards in training personal trainers and strength coaches” in this interview about Andre’s professional collaboration with him during those years.
Strength Sensei Inc. is grateful to have Andre’s influence as our Content Director as he brings to Charles work the same quality and integrity that Charles depended upon while he was alive. We thank Andre for being Charles’ Ying by maintaining the highest industry standards for all of Charles customers for decades to come in our Sensei’s absence.
NCAA Division I Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning Founder of VIPAR Dojo High Performance Package and Seminar Contributor.
Coach Ryan Faehnle is a highly regarded industry leader as a former NCAA Division I Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning who was responsible for the fitness and physical performance of hundreds of athletes competing at the highest levels in the collegiate ranks.
Throughout his diverse career, Coach Ryan has coached, mentored, and consulted athletes in 21 different sports at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels, with athlete successes ranging from NCAA All-American to NFL Super Bowl Champions.
In addition to training athletes for sports performance, Coach Ryan has consulted with top-level physique competitors who have sought him out for fat loss and muscle building advice.
Known as a coach that doesn’t compromise on results, Coach Ryan has traveled the globe in search of the best training, nutrition, motivation, and recovery modalities that lead to success. His abilities were acknowledged at a high level when famed international Olympic strength coach Charles Poliquin welcomed Ryan to his staff, where Ryan lectured internationally on fat loss, training athletes, hypertrophy, nutrition, energy systems, and supplementation.
Unlike many “keyboard warriors,” Coach Ryan’s reputation lies solely in his ability to achieve results with his athletes and clients. On top of his “in the trenches” experience training himself and others, as well as his years of research and study, and an 8-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Coach Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and multiple industry standard certifications.
Ryan currently owns a private consulting business where he has authored and ghost-written several best-selling books and has consulted with and coached both athletes and coaches in the professional ranks and the Olympic games. Ryan is available for seminars, private consultation, online coaching, and in-person Fascial Stretch Therapy.
Visit Ryan’s YouTube channel VIPAR
Montreal-based Strength Coach, Naturopath, Sport Therapist, and founder of BODHI Fit. Strength Sensei Inc. Combat Dojo & Seminar Contributor. Author of: The Strength Code.
Coach Eric is the owner and head honcho of Bodhi Fit. Avid BJJ fanatic and competitor. Has been in the strength and conditioning world for almost 30 years. Author of “The Strength Code” and upcoming book “Roll Strong(er)” for BJJ athletes available in the next few months. Father of two beautiful children of 12 and 8.
Eric has gone on to coach a whole host of amateur and professional athletes. Not the least of whom is NHL superstar goalkeeper, Martin Brodeur. For those unaware, Martin Brodeur is largely considered the greatest NHL goalkeeper of all time and Olympic Gold medalist as well.
Here is what Charles said about “The Strength Code”:
“There is no lack of information out there. However, there is a lack of great practical information. The Strength Code by Eric Falstrault is a superb addition to your reading list that fills that gap. It gives many different applications to personal training and strength coaching, with a strong emphasis on the mental component of achieving results.” – Charles Poliquin
Eric is currently writing exclusively for ATP labs, one of the best supplement companies that Charles Highly endorsed. He also is a regular contributor to muscle and fitness online magazine. He devotes his practice in helping the amateur gym trainee to the full time athlete such as artist from cirque du soleil, hockey players to BJJ black belts competing on the biggest stages in the world.
Owner of Fitness Evolution. Strength Sensei Inc. Women's Dojo & Seminar Contributor.
My journey with fitness began 22yrs ago. As a small framed girl that had a very hard time adding any weight, I was seeking any way to change this. I found out that muscle weighed more than fat! This was the answer! I wasn’t able to add fat so why not muscle? So I joined a gym with some of my engineering peers. The good thing is that they were men. So my introduction to the gym scene was training in the weight room with heavy weights. Best thing that ever happened to me. I dove headfirst into weight training. I fell in love with the sensation of heavy weights in my hands. I began seeking training programs that were based on adding mass to this body by reading popular bodybuilding magazines. Then I started looking for ways to change my diet as well, how to add supplements, how much food I could handle, and how to recover properly.
One day as I was training I rotated my SI joint. This really interfered with training and eventually my daily living. I found out at this time I had scoliosis. So my engineering brain took me down a path of correcting this issue. Although my studies took me down this path of mechanically addressing the body, I still liked and wanted to train heavy, add mass, and shape to my body. This is how and when I found Charles Poliquin. A Strength Coach, yes this was my answer! Little did I know the impact this man was going to have on my life. He was not a strength coach, he was THE Strength Coach. Once I began learning his ideologies, his methods, and his thoughts on lifestyle, there was no going back. In my first seminar, I realized how much he truly offered and how much he combined so much into his philosophy of training. There wasn’t one thing he left out. It resonated with me instantly. It matched all the things I felt I needed to address within my self and my clients but didn’t know that there was a way to put it into action. He put the pieces of my puzzle together. At the same time, he showed me questions and studies that I didn’t know I wanted or needed. His way of teaching forced you to look deeper on your own. I feel this was his way of weeding through those that were serious about learning and growing. He never gave anything away for free. He made you work. Just enough information to answer questions, but not enough to GIVE you the total answer. Charles lead me to even more training methods, more modalities of bodywork, and down the amazing path of nutrition and bio-hacking. For me, my clientele ranges from surgically altered to injury prevention, from weight loss to medical conditions. Outside of all the educational paths that Charles showed me, he showed me all the many ways to address the human body.
The course I took from Charles that had the most impact on me was a nutrition course. It showed things that I not only never thought about, but things the doctors never told me or couldn’t have. Being skinny is not a concern in the medical field, but to a strength coach, it is! This class not only opened my eyes to looking at my client’s body composition issues differently, but my own. I gained 10lbs of lean mass that year with ZERO fat gains! On the heath side, it has prevented me from a life of possible diseases. Now I have taken many courses and have studied with the best in the field of nutrition, longevity, and bio-hacking. This, along with all many of Charles’ teachings, has added elements to my gym that has kept me years ahead of the competition.