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Joe Roark

Yvon, thank you for joining us. If you care to, please introduce yourself to the members who may not know your history in Canadian weightlifting!

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Bob Hornick

Welcome to Iron History Yvon. :)

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Yvon Chouinard

As my friend Joe suggested, I will take a few minutes to introduce myself to all. I am French Canadian, 78 years old, father and grand father. I have been maried for more than 55 years now. In my professional life, I was Chief of Police, for more than 36 years I was a Canadian Police Officer. I retired in 1995. I have been in gyms since I was about 15 years old. I was a weightlifter. I won the Canadian weightlifting championship and 6 times I was on the podium at various Canadian weightlifting championships. I also competed at many North American championships in the 1960's. In weightlifting I also was President of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. I acted as Team Leader in many International events for Canada – World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan-American Games. I have an International No. 1 referee card since 1967. I acted as Canadian Delegate within the Pan American Federation for about 10 years ending in 2012. I speak fluently French, English and Spanish (at the 1999 Pan-Am Games I was the competition announcer in these 3 languages). I also write these three (3) languages. In 2005 or about, I wrote in three different languages « History of Women Weightlifting in Canada « which I placed in English on Internet at the following address : http://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/documents/history/HISTORY%20OF%20WOMEN%20WEIGHTLIFTING%20IN%20CANADA.pdf . A few years later I wrote and published in English and in French, the book : « Origins of Canadian Olympic Weightlifting ». This book was published twice and was sold out completely. It is the reason why I placed it on Internet for every one to consult, at the address :

http://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/documents/history/Origins%20of%20Canadian%20weightlifting.pdf

At the age of about 65 y.o. or 66 y.o. I was asked to enter powerlifting tournaments in Canada. I competed until the age of 72 y.o. In the categories of 181 lbs and 198 lbs. Eventhough my bodyweight is always at 181 lbs. I have established more than 20 Canadian Powerlifting records in doing so. Today, at 78 years old, in 2015, I still have 19 Provincial records and 10 Canadian records in powerlifting. I like training. Most of my training is cardio vascular. I do not want to compete anymore. I am always in great shape. This morning I ended my training session with FULL squats at 300 lbs, in series of 6 reps. In my childhood I had the pleasure to be very close to the « 6 Baillargeon brothers, the strongest brothers in the world ». I knew them very well.

Weightlifting is my passion!

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Joe Roark

Yvon, I am delighted you have joined us!

Yvon and I are facebook friends and I have grown to appreciate his even manner, kind style, and of course his weightlifting participation.

Please check out our forum when you have time and feel free to join in.

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tom davis

squatting 300 6 times at 78 is amazing.

I would like to hear more about your training now.

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carl linich

Welcome,Yvon. Bob Hornick, and I are retired policemen. We were both Lieutenants on the Pooughkeepsie,N.Y. Township department. Your credentials are impressive.

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Tom Ryan

Yes, welcome Yvon. Your credentials are indeed very impressive.

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jim eckhardt

Welcome Yvon, great to have you here.

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Yvon Chouinard

squatting 300 6 times at 78 is amazing.

I would like to hear more about your training now.

Hi Tom, I feel it is nothing really so special. I am a competitor at heart. It comes with the time when you train for power. It is only after celebrating my 50 or 60 y.o. that I went back to squatting heavy. Younger I was most known for my pressing power, power in the shoulders at standing military press (290 lbs at 181 lbs bodyweight). It was the same at 72 y.o. I was still doing 140 kg (308 lbs) in series of 3 reps on the bench press in training or 275 lbs in series of 5 reps on the same bench. Left shoulder injuries stop me from benching any more. In the last 6 months I had 2 infiltration of cortisone in the left shoulder rotator. Coming back to my training method. For 12 years I trained international weightlifters (1972-1984). I now train only 3 times a week for about 75 min. I vary often my programs in order not to demand too much for any part of my body. I work in short cycles of 6 weeks. Also my 3 weekly workouts are slightly different one from the other (micro cycles). Presently I do only one type of exercices using weights it is either front squat, back squats, leg presses, etc. My goal is only to be in very good physical shape and mostly in cardio vascular. Here are some YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuH5Ze2W2o8Rr6c5eJhBLAg

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome,Yvon. Bob Hornick, and I are retired policemen. We were both Lieutenants on the Pooughkeepsie,N.Y. Township department. Your credentials are impressive.

My employer was the Canadian National Railways (CN) as police officer. In Canada a RAILWAY POLICE OFFICER is a full fledge police officer as per our Criminal Code. We are also Peace Officer like any other Provincial , Municipal of Federal Police officers. It is only the powers of arrest that change. It is ¼ of a mile from any railway property. Accordingly I had responsibility in all the 10 Canadian Provinces plus overlooking what was taking place in 7 American states in the Mid-West where the Grand Trunck Railway was passing. I retired at the age of 57 years old. I have enjoyed my passion in life which is: weightlifting.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome Yvon, great to have you here.

Thanks Jim.

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David Harrington

Welcome aboard, Yvon!

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David Hartnett

Yvon...

Welcome, it's great to have you here.

I read up on you, and looked at some old photos, you have quite the history.

Glad you joined IH!

~Dave

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Yvon Chouinard

Yvon...

Welcome, it's great to have you here.

I read up on you, and looked at some old photos, you have quite the history.

Glad you joined IH!

~Dave

Thanks David for your kind words.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome to Iron History Yvon. :)

Thanks Bob, I am trying to master this interesting page.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome aboard, Yvon!

Thanks David, I will do my best to be active here too.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome to Iron History Yvon. :)

Thank you Bob, I read you were also a police officer. We are family now.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome,Yvon. Bob Hornick, and I are retired policemen. We were both Lieutenants on the Pooughkeepsie,N.Y. Township department. Your credentials are impressive.

Thanks Carl. we should have subjects in common as I see.

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Yvon Chouinard

Welcome,Yvon. Bob Hornick, and I are retired policemen. We were both Lieutenants on the Pooughkeepsie,N.Y. Township department. Your credentials are impressive.

It is indeed interesting. We are in the same age bracket or about. Saying all that reminds of my very first years as a Police officer, when I joined the Police Force on October 9, 1959. It is so far away and so different from today's police work. All has changed. Being a Canadian Railway Police Officer, I was hired because of my strength and my fame as a weightlifting champion. It was to escort lumberjack trains from Québec city to the northern part of the Province where there were no roads. I was alone each time escorting trains, with about 200 to 400 lumberjacks coming out of the lumberjack camps with plenty of cash money. They had not seen a woman for many weeks neither drank for a long time. These lumberjacks were doing their work with axes not with a mechanical saw like today. My orders were not to make an arrest unless it was very, very important because I would have to remain with the prisoner, write arrest report, prepare for the court case, etc. All that would take me away from the escorts for a long while. Jails or cells up North were scarce, no possible support from another police force. It was interesting and you had to be young to do that. This took place for about 5 years in the months of December and January of each year. Then the Government opened roads to travel to these remote locations. I also had to deal with the local natives who spoke only their language. I was known locally in my home town as a good ice hockey player and a LaCrosse player, often involved with rough plays. Now I was finally paid to handle difficult situations. It was easy because in the gyms I was training seriously and hard. It was my weightlifting best years. Very nice memories. Wow!

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Joe Roark

If any member has any of Yvon's books for sale (written in English), please contact me.

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Dale Credico

It's a real treat and honor to see the author of those two manuscripts here!
I've used links to them a few times in the past.

Welcome, and I hope you enjoy yourself here!

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Yvon Chouinard

Thanks Joe for reminding me I was invited to this very interesting page a while ago.

 

I will turn 82 years old in September 2019. I always maintain my bodyweight at around 178 lbs. I train regularly 3 times a week, short workouts usually last less than one (1) hour each time. My training takes place at 08:30 hours and I train alone in a public gym. I use barbells only to squat, this is the only exercise I do using weights. The rest is cardio vascular. A typical workout is about 20/25 minutes on the squat rack, plus 30 minutes of treadmill and/or bicycle.

 

In 2017 I have placed on Youtube a video showing mr squating 6 times on the Smith Rack with 315 lbs. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bir4_wScmzE

I still do not have dificulties, at almost 82 y.o., to go over 300 lbs doing squats.

 

In 2018 I was Chief Referee at the Masters Pan american weightlifting championships taking place at Gaspé, Québec, CAN. Following these championships I was inducted into the Canadian Weightlifting Masters Hall of Fame for my 65 years of involvment in all aspect of weightlifting in my country Canada and also around the world.

 

Yvon Chouinard

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Joe Roark

Yvon, you represent what lifetime fitness is all about!

 

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Ken Sprague
On 11/6/2015 at 3:31 PM, Yvon Chouinard said:

As my friend Joe suggested, I will take a few minutes to introduce myself to all. I am French Canadian, 78 years old, father and grand father. I have been maried for more than 55 years now. In my professional life, I was Chief of Police, for more than 36 years I was a Canadian Police Officer. I retired in 1995. I have been in gyms since I was about 15 years old. I was a weightlifter. I won the Canadian weightlifting championship and 6 times I was on the podium at various Canadian weightlifting championships. I also competed at many North American championships in the 1960's. In weightlifting I also was President of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. I acted as Team Leader in many International events for Canada – World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan-American Games. I have an International No. 1 referee card since 1967. I acted as Canadian Delegate within the Pan American Federation for about 10 years ending in 2012. I speak fluently French, English and Spanish (at the 1999 Pan-Am Games I was the competition announcer in these 3 languages). I also write these three (3) languages. In 2005 or about, I wrote in three different languages « History of Women Weightlifting in Canada « which I placed in English on Internet at the following address : http://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/documents/history/HISTORY%20OF%20WOMEN%20WEIGHTLIFTING%20IN%20CANADA.pdf . A few years later I wrote and published in English and in French, the book : « Origins of Canadian Olympic Weightlifting ». This book was published twice and was sold out completely. It is the reason why I placed it on Internet for every one to consult, at the address :

http://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/documents/history/Origins%20of%20Canadian%20weightlifting.pdf

At the age of about 65 y.o. or 66 y.o. I was asked to enter powerlifting tournaments in Canada. I competed until the age of 72 y.o. In the categories of 181 lbs and 198 lbs. Eventhough my bodyweight is always at 181 lbs. I have established more than 20 Canadian Powerlifting records in doing so. Today, at 78 years old, in 2015, I still have 19 Provincial records and 10 Canadian records in powerlifting. I like training. Most of my training is cardio vascular. I do not want to compete anymore. I am always in great shape. This morning I ended my training session with FULL squats at 300 lbs, in series of 6 reps. In my childhood I had the pleasure to be very close to the « 6 Baillargeon brothers, the strongest brothers in the world ». I knew them very well.

Weightlifting is my passion!

Thank you for joining the group. I have a lot to learn from you.

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