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« on: March 21, 2008, 12:02:54 PM »

Tom Platz.
He was at his best nearly a qauter of a century ago he finished 3 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 sqautting 495 pounds for 23 reps with his thighs going below parallel.

TOM PLATZ: SQAUT RULES
1.Stretch thoroughly before beginning.
2.Go slowly below parallel.
3.Put everything you have into every set.

TOM PLATZ:LEG ROUTINE

EXCERSISE                        SETS               REPS
SQAUT                               8-12              5-20
HACK SQAUTS                      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
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 12:15:18 PM »

Like all champs, what exercises Platz did is not nearly as important as to how he did it. Training routines seem to vary little. The basic exercises remain fairly constant. I think it was Platz's ferocious intensity that set him apart.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 12:19:05 PM »

Like all champs, what exercises Platz did is not nearly as important as to how he did it. Training routines seem to vary little. The basic exercises remain fairly constant. I think it was Platz's ferocious intensity that set him apart.



That and he's nuttier than a Payday.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 12:19:31 PM »

8 to 12 sets of squats, followed by 5 more sets of hack squats.... that's some seriously high volume for the squat movement.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008, 12:25:36 PM »

Tom Platz woulda eaten handfuls of own his shit for 2 years if it made his thighs grow.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2008, 12:30:37 PM »

32 sets for thighs is a bit much.


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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2008, 12:31:55 PM »

That's some serious set volume right there.
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2008, 12:32:28 PM »

what a pussy

hardly got below 10 reps on any exercise

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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2008, 12:49:37 PM »

Where did you get that routine?  I worked with Platz for a while(he mentored me for 4-6 mos or so) and he told me he really didn't do more than 2 sets per exercise.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2008, 01:07:02 PM »

Where did you get that routine?  I worked with Platz for a while(he mentored me for 4-6 mos or so) and he told me he really didn't do more than 2 sets per exercise.
exactly, the 8-12 sets of squats was only if he was doing lower reps, he would do AT MOST 2 sets if he was doing higher reps, i had a video of him doing 335 for 40 reps and that was the ONLY set of squats he did for that workout, he did some leg extensions after that and that was it, seems like that fuccker stretched for a half hour before starting.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2008, 01:07:17 PM »

Where did you get that routine?  I worked with Platz for a while(he mentored me for 4-6 mos or so) and he told me he really didn't do more than 2 sets per exercise.

http://www.ironmagazineforums.com/history/topic/53679-1.html

I was reading about platz's leg trainig in the arnold encyclopedia today (pg 495 if i recall)

They didn't detail his set/rep scheme... i googled it.
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2008, 01:16:22 PM »

 Cheesy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJZ5XhS17E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJZ5XhS17E</a>
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2008, 01:19:23 PM »

hahahahaa, gotta love the "If ever you're in my arms again" playing in the backround. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2008, 02:44:42 PM »

hahahahaa, gotta love the "If ever you're in my arms again" playing in the backround. Grin

lol, it puts some "drama"  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2008, 05:13:41 PM »

that vid was intense.  I wonder if he was playing it up a bit? 
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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2008, 08:16:11 PM »

I tried tom platz' leg workout tonight.  couldn't get near that many sets of squats.
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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2008, 08:28:16 PM »

hahahahha, gotta live that vid


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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2008, 01:35:33 AM »

good vid.
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2008, 01:50:58 AM »

If you just played that sound byte to someone they would think Tom was either taking a shit or having gay sex  Lips sealed
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2008, 01:59:56 AM »

Cheesy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJZ5XhS17E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJZ5XhS17E</a>

Fucking A, Platz's calves look amazing in this video, and his biceps-peaked out like a missle.

Incredible physique on that guy!!!!!!


The dyed bond hair looks pretty gay though!
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2008, 02:10:41 AM »

lol Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin


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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2008, 06:17:57 AM »

I wonder if he was playing it up a bit? 
For sure. Like in the squat video with Hatfield where he does 20+ reps when he almost falls after the set you can see he's acting a bit, adding a bit of flair. He's very entertaining though.  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2008, 06:26:45 AM »

Cheesy

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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2008, 06:57:10 AM »

that is NOT Tom's routine.
Anyone with knowledge of Tom's training know he  never advocated any such volume and that he did quite less sets than that...but all out on his sets.

During his foundation work he alternated between a heavy and a rep day.
Later on he focused almost only on medium-high reps with heavy weight.

Swedish is right..Tom usually didn't do much more than 2 sets per movement, INCLUDING squats Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2008, 07:56:21 AM »

Tom Platz.
He was at his best nearly a qauter of a century ago he finished 3 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 sqautting 495 pounds for 23 reps with his thighs going below parallel.

TOM PLATZ: SQAUT RULES
1.Stretch thoroughly before beginning.
2.Go slowly below parallel.
3.Put everything you have into every set.

TOM PLATZ:LEG ROUTINE

EXCERSISE                        SETS               REPS
SQAUT                               8-12              5-20
HACK SQAUTS                      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

Great routein, but with todays research and findings, stretching would never come first before a warm up.
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