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Tom Platz Bodybuilder Workout Routine

Tom Platz Workout

If you are a bodybuilder and you've never heard of "Mr. Legs" Tom Platz, then you should do some research on what this man was able to do with his legs. Tom trained his legs with a barn burning type of intensity the bodybuilding community had never seen before he arrived.

Tom Platz never one a Mr. Olympia title, placing 3rd at the 1981 Mr. O, but his unique combination of cross-striated definition in those huge quads of his had not been seen before in bodybuilding. Weighing less than 230lbs Tom would squat out rep after rep using perfect form with 635lbs on his back.

If you have never seen Tom squat out 52 reps with 350 pounds on his back without stopping, no rest, then take a look on Utube. Tom Platz is one of a kind and would squat solidly for 10 minutes without stopping doing well over 100 reps with 225lbs on his back.

Tom was born with a genetic predisposition for doing squats and developing those huge muscular thighs of his. But it's more than just genetics that gets a man to be able to push himself and his body to perform 23 reps without stopping and those huge quads going past parallel with 495lbs on his back.

When the press asked him what his training philosophy is he said "the harder the better" simple as that. Tom believed in high volume training and would easily do sets of 60 reps or more of leg extensions and leg curls. But Tom was professional and not only used perfect from but always did plenty of stretching before and after any leg training to avoid injury.

The leg routine listed below is something Tom would do at least twice a week but he would also instruct himself on every rep he did, to put everything he can into every rep he does.

Tom Platz's Leg Routine

Squats: 8-12 sets of 5-20 reps.
Hack Squats: 5 sets of 10-15 reps.
Leg Extensions: 5-8 sets of 10-15 reps.
Lying Leg Curls: 6-10 sets of 10-15 reps.
Standing Calf Raises: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.
Seated Calf Raises: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.
Calf Raises on hack machine 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.

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