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Friday, 2 December 2011

Tom Platz Insane Leg Workout

Tom Platz is one of the most sought after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He is currently a Professor and Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA. Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California.

Tom Platz retired from professional bodybuilding competition in 1987 and did a 'Comeback' in 1995 when he was awarded Honorary Mr. America. He still promotes the sport wholeheartedly. Tom says, "I just want to give back to the sport I love which has been really great to me." He is truly a legend in the fitness and bodybuilding industry.

Every bodybuilder strives for their lower tree trunks to even remotely look like Tom Platz. His combination of size and striating detail is still unmatched to this day. Some say it was his genetic predisposition to get big muscular thighs, but it was his workout intensity that is still unmatched to this day.

While weighing less that 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 may sound like complete bullshit to you, but watch the video of him squatting 500 pounds for 23 reps going ass to grass low.

Tom Platz's Squat Rules

Stretch thoroughly before beginning
Place the bar high on your shoulders
Place your feet at about shoulder width with toes pointed slightly outward
Let your knees travel out over your toes, keeping your torso flexed and upright throughout each rep
Go slightly below parallel, and do not bounce in the bottom position
Stretch and walk around between sets to keep blood circulating and to aid recovery
Pyramid up to your heaviest sets
Alternate between a heavy workout (with sets of five to eight reps) and a light workout (with sets of 10-20 reps)
Put everything you have into every set

Tom Platz Leg Routine

Here is his legendary exercise routine in which 99% of gym-goers could not even get through the first exercise alone

  • Squats 8-12 sets 5-20 reps
  • Hack Squats 5 sets 10-15 reps
  • Leg Extension 5-8 sets 10-15 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls 6-10 sets 10-15 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises 3-4 sets 10-15 reps
  • Seated Calf Raises 3-4 sets 10-15 reps
  • Hack Machine Calf Raises 3-4 sets 10-15 reps

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