He was at his best nearly a quarter of a century ago he finished 3rd in the 1981 MR.O, but no one since has matched Tom Platz’s combination of conscious-altering size and cross-striated definition.
He was legendary for his workout intensity.
He reports that while weighing less then 230 pounds, he squatted eight reps with 635 pounds and 52 reps with 350 pounds. On numerous occasions, he squatted for 10 minutes straight for more than 100 reps with 225 pounds.This might seem like hyperbole, if not the fact that Platz is seen in a video shot in 1992 squatting 495 pounds for 23 reps with his thighs going below parallel.
Tom Platz: was a lumberjack because he chopped and carved his tree trunk thighs into freakdom.
Tom Platz 500lb 227.5kg squat for 23 reps
One cannot deny his genetic predisposition to develop large muscular thighs. But it was Tom Platz’s barn-burning intensity and sheer bravery to train past the limits of his potential that made his thighs legendary.
Platz’s training principle was simple: the harder the better.
Platz enjoyed squatting with 225 pounds for ten minutes straight. That was his style and the reason he created such massive and striated quads. High volume training was a main stay for Platz. Leg curls and leg extensions were performed at 60 rep increments…yes sets of 60, talk about blood flow.
Take a walk on the wild side with this taste of Platz and see if you can even walk in the morning
Tom Platz Squat Rules
- Stretch thoroughly before beginning.
- Go slowly below parallel.
- Put everything you have into every set.
Tom Platz Leg Routine
- Squats 8-12 5-20
- Hack Squats 5 10-15
- Leg Extensions 5-8 10-15
- Lying Leg Curls 6-10 10-15
- Standing Calf Raises 3-4 10-15
- Seated Calf Raises 3-4 10-15
- Hack Machine Calf Raises 3-4 10-15