Tom Platz: The Lumberjack of Quadriceps

Tom Platz Legs Front QuadricepsTom Platz was a lumberjack because he chopped and carved his tree trunk thighs into freakdom. 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:


Flat footed Olympic style Squats (pyramid sets)

  • 6 sets of 15 reps
  • 2 sets of 10 reps
  • 1 set of 6 reps
  • 1 set of 5 reps
  • 1 set of 1 rep

Hack Squats

  • 4 sets of 20 reps
  • Leg Curls
  • 4 sets of 60 reps

Leg Extensions

  • 4 sets of 60 reps

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  1. StineNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all for working out… but that is dreadful!

  2. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    Keep in mind Platz was also probably injecting his body with an ungodly amount of Steroids. The ability of the body to recover from a workout like that with steroids is much greater than in those who chose to exercise drug free. Moreover, I would wager that such a workout for most people would lead to over training and a significant strength and muscle loss.

    I hate to be the depressing one here, but when training you also have to think about the long term effects to your joints, bones, etc. That kind of training *might* make you grow in the short term (especially with the help of steroids), but over time it can lead to repeated injuries and the kind of nagging pain that will plague you in old age.

    Sorry to be such a downer.

    BTW I posted on my blog about our friendly little wager. Go over there and check it out to make sure I included everything. If you guys leave comments it might get more folks involved. See you later.

  3. Nasty!

    Where are his knees?

  4. MehdiNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a video of Tom Platz squatting 226kg for 23 reps **I posted it above.**

    • IsraelNo Gravatar says:

      I grabbed the code and published it in the post above. That’s pretty impressive. Did you notice that Bill Kazmier was spotting him? Kazmier was the World’s Strongest Man 3 times in a row and is one of the current host of the show today.

  5. Ned HarkeyNo Gravatar says:

    Platz was a monster! Back in the eighties I did 20 reps with 225 but that was the best I ever got with high reps. (At the time I weighed 175lbs and my thighs only measured 23″)

  6. mikeNo Gravatar says:

    hey what is that plugin at the bottom of your page?

  7. JasonNo Gravatar says:

    His legs are amazing. True dedication!

  8. ScarletNo Gravatar says:

    That’s gross! It’s not healthy why would someone do that to themselves?|!

  9. The sharkNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom line is he has best legs in the world still to date and he busted his ass ti get them hard work period. Don’t say a bad word unless you do his workouts that’s what I do 3 times a week
    6 sets squats of body weight. 3 sets leg Ext. 60 reps same for curls and 4 sets forward s/s back lungs as well then run down stairs for calve work. So do it or shut up.

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