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Tom Platz Leg Workout

The Tom Platz Leg Routine

Tom Platz

Tom Platz is legendary, he will always be known for those huge, well defined and well-shaped legs of his. Tom was a serious bodybuilder who took the no pain, no gain that Arnold was talking about to the extreme. In 1992 he squatted 23 times without stopping with 495 pounds on his back.

Tom says it is all about intensity which sports science has now conclusively proven to be true 20 years after he said it. Tom would do 100's with a huge weight on his back. If you have never done a set of 100 then you need to try it, even if it's just the bar on your back you'll see what a workout it gives you.

Tom Platz believes strongly is warming up and stretching before doing any squats. When he does squat he never does a mid-range or partial squat, he believes in ass-to-the-grass squats always going beyond parallel and always putting everything he has into every repetition he does.

Tom talks about squatting till his lungs want to burst, he talks about dropping the weighted bar and lying down on the floor panting frantically while his legs feel like they are being blow-torched. He says the dizzy feeling eventually stops and he can get his breath back.

If you think you got guts, then you should try the Tom Platz Leg Routine listed below. You should start with the lightest weight you can so that you get a good idea what you're in for when you start to add some weight. It takes time and practice but it gets results, which is plainly obvious when we look at the man's legs.

To give you an idea how intense Tom trained, he would never count his reps in tens like many bodybuilders do. He counted in fives because he explained that it worked better for him psychologically, he explained that 10 reps were too far away to focus on squeezing out one rep at a time, count to 5 reps suited him better.

The Tom Platz Leg Routine

Squats 8-12 sets X 5-20 reps
Hack Squats 5 sets X 10-15 reps
Leg Extensions 5-8 sets X 10-15 reps
Lying Leg Curls 6-10 sets X 10-15 reps
Standing Calf-raises 3-4 sets X 10-15 reps
Seated Calf-raises 3-4 sets X 10-15 reps
Hack Machine Calf-raises 3-4 10-15

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