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Tom Platz Leg Workout – The Man Who Became Famous For His Remarkable Leg Development

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

Tom Platz – No Easy Way Out

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13 Comments

  1. dean says:

    jees thats a huge amount of weight hes squating that bars bending so much, i dig tom platz freaky quads and body in general what a freak i love it gives me motivation

  2. Rico Suave says:

    Hm, inner confidence he doesn’t truly understand? Genetic predisposition? I think his secret secret (and yes I did mean to use two secrets, as in the secret behind the secret) is something I like to call steroids, ever heard of those? I mean I give him props because clearly he still has to train hard, and he is intense, but come on. Hypnosis? Please. I give real props to all the naturals out there

  3. I love the video of him squatting 500 lb (posted it on my blog a while back). But I’d have to agree with Rico–Tom’s routine would not be advisable for a natural trainee.

  4. N says:

    Look at all the other guys that have done roids though, where are their Platz legs? Roids OBVIOUSLY helped Platz but I bet if he would have been a natural athlete he would have dominated the natural scene as well.

  5. King Immortal says:

    It’s reall easy to sit at a computer and try to half compliment a person while you tear them down .just because they accomplished something you are to p*$$y to accomplish yourselves. B/+¢h@$$ little boys. You say he was on juice well I say try the workout for your self or shut up and juice these in your mouth.

  6. Adam says:

    I agree with N. He would’ve dominated the natural bodybuilding industry. Oh, and Rico it seems like you are trying to sound smart. I bet you will never come close to Tom Platz if you were to workout evenif you were on steriods.

  7. Turbo says:

    Rico is a jealous little prick. How truly common your words appear….and I’d suspect your physique as well.

  8. Sauce says:

    That guy, juice or not is an animal, mad respect

  9. MARK says:

    Roids or not 500 pound squats for 23 reps is insane. hats off to the king of squats

  10. SupersauceSUPREME says:

    Sh!t… 3 things i must do in the new year…

    1) Take steroids.

    2) OVERLOAD my legs.

    3) Beat tom Platz 500lb 23squats.

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

  11. David says:

    Platz is my favourite bodybuilder of all time

  12. Santino "The Physique" Cook says:

    Man.Look at them quadz!!! I aspire to one day have quads like that, cross-striated, decent sweeps, QUADS OF PEACE!!!!!!! HOW YOU GONNA ACT!?

  13. AD says:

    Yeah, Platz used steroids. Duh. He still had better legs than any other body builder who used steroids. Plus he went to Wayne State in Michigan, where I’m going! Craziest legs ever.

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