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The return of ‘The Quad Father’

Tom Platz has returned to the bodybuilding fold.

Known in his competitive days as ‘The Quad Father’ and ‘The Golden Eagle’, Platz is still seen by many bodybuilding aficionados as the man who displayed the best leg development in the history of the sport.

Platz last competed in 1986 but never took first at the Mr. Olympia competition. He had a string of top ten finishes in his hunt for the Sandow trophy, with a third position in 1981 being the best.

He went head-to-head with powerlifter Fred ‘Dr. Squat’ Hatfield in a squat competition in the early 1990s where he managed to complete an astonishing 23 reps with 238kg. Now at the age of 62, Platz is back in the sport, presenting training seminars, hosting squat clinics and talking about the Golden Era of bodybuilding.

He still regards his unorthodox training methods like squatting outrageous amounts of weight in high-volume workouts not as old school, but the only school!

“Bodybuilding taught me everything. It helped me in the boardroom—really, everywhere in life. This is what I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve returned to my old neighborhood to help the next generation. It’s a great sport. That’s why I’m coming back.”

Try out one of Platz’s training routines:

  • 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
  • Hack Machine Calf Raises – 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps

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