You have to sell the muscle onstage. I have to admit: I was posing everywhere in the free world as well as the unfree world. Platz grew up in the Detroit area and began competing in AAU bodybuilding shows in the early 1970s. Platz recently turned 62 on June 26th, and he continues to post impressive lifting videos on Instagram, which we felt was fitting to share for his birthday. Join the BarBend Newsletter for workouts, diets, breaking news and more. It was a lot to handle, but I enjoyed it immensely and I have very, very fond memories of those years. And I was belting out poses - Bam. In 1986 I used that music initially, as people expected. Men like Dave Draper and Arnold Schwarzenegger. When people see you, there’s going to be demand for your services. Old School Labs™ products do not hide behind proprietary blends, contain no artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors, and are manufactured using only high-quality ingredients. All the judges from the '81 Olympia had me to their countries a few times. Despite the triumph, Platz didn’t see a future in the sport. It is known that Tom is a married man – he met his future wife Cha Nikito-Platz at the gym in Detroit, began dating after only a couple of days, and they have been together ever since – the date of their wedding isn’t known. Ron Teufel, who I competed with in the '78 Mr. America in Cincinnati. And Franco's a great champion and I'm honored to be here today. Besides his accomplished career and epic quads, Platz is also known for his unique methods and ideologies of training for the legs. When it is over it is over. Just wait. And who do you think they chose to go to the Mr. Universe? • Cha added 1T Raw Honey today. Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Has Passed Away at Age 60, Sergio Oliva Jr. Hospitalized Due to Nerve Pain, Says It’s “The Worst Pain I’ve Ever Been In”. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis. Honestly, bodybuilding competition is not like golf. Platz — also known as “The Golden Eagle” or “The Quad Father” — is still regarded to this day to have had some of the best quads in bodybuilding history. In his prime, Platz was simply one of the sport’s best athletes, and many fans of the Golden Era and beyond still contend that he had the best leg development of all time. The veteran bodybuilder may no longer compete, but … He stole the show at the 1978 World Amateur Championships and won the Mr. Universe title and his pro card. Tom did not work on his legs because he had problems with his back – he told his friends that working on your legs will only get you back problems, however, he had no idea he was later going to become the owner of some of the best built legs in the history of bodybuilding. To be patient when you see red, and then respond. He holds the Mr. USA bodybuilding title, and is currently working with WWE. I have one question….where does he get the suspenders !! You keep moving forward; this is part of the curriculum and it's something I just love. And the audience didn't expect that: they went nuts and that was the plan. As we discussed you are often cited for your leg development. It must anger you in some ways that the judging process sometimes does not seem fair - especially if you are on the receiving end of a bad call. })(); Type above and press Enter to search. He designed the cross-striated definition and since then has been unmatched on his leg routine. These are lessons he would apply the rest of his life in the gym, onstage, and offstage in the boardroom. The overwhelmingly positive reaction he received was augmented by an enthusiastic response from young people who had seen his videos and photos on the Internet. And you get those who will see red and go after it. Supposedly he was the guy who was supposed to win. rcel.async = true; rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); Would You Like To See Tom Platz Make A Comeback? “Bodybuilding taught me about winning and losing,” he says. I remember walking offstage after five or six encores and Arnold looked at me and it was like "What is happening Tom?" He has been referred to as bodybuilding's Golden Eagle and "the man with the legs", and has spent a good portion of his life weightlifting and working in the sports science field, but as you'll soon read, bodybuilding great Tom Platz is much more than a prominent international sporting figure and educator. But I made a switch to Twist and Shout by The Beatles. Not that I was happy to not win myself. I had to really try hard and really develop a strategy for training arms. I really wanted to be honest with him and I wanted everybody to know how I really felt. I realized that (the overall decision) and honored that and paid it forward. [ Q ] So you would stand back and assess the situation before making a decision. Tom invented his own technique of exercising, which he didn’t share with the public until he stopped competing. And I look at that and I sort of expected that and understood that. Compared to the '80s (Tom's prime) I'm extremely light now. With golf you can go back as a senior as long as you have the swing and the necessary developed motor pathways, and weight train. To learn more about Tom Platz and to see one of his workouts, go to the “Training” section of the Old School Labs site. You see some of the older pros and when it's over they have nowhere to go. [ Q ] You've probably heard the speculation on the internet. Might a competitor's behavior and attitude affect his placements, even in today's judging climate, although they are not directly scored when a show is judged? Here are the, Your browser is outdated and is no longer supported. But it happened. It's difficult to respond to losing. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Tom is rumored to have dated numerous girls during his high school years, but this hasn’t been confirmed by him. Me. rcel.src = "//trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=113585&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+encodeURIComponent(referer); Read on to find out. His positive attitude, humble outlook and brimming optimism enabled him to not only win several major bodybuilding contests, but to accept defeat like a man and to persevere against all odds. Still young enough for a bodybuilding comeback, fingers crossed for us fans? Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Article cannot be re-published in any other pages or documents. I recently spoke to Tom and asked him to discuss his career, in particular his thoughts on his own development - physical and mental - and reputation, his contest history including the controversial 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia productions and his training mindset. 234.5k Followers, 32 Following, 112 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Tom Platz (@tomplatz) After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Old School Labs™ is the maker of premium supplements that carry on the fitness values of the “Golden Era” of bodybuilding. Tom is widely recognized for his impressive leg development. I felt my chest was in excellent condition. I think people miss that. He is popular for his appearances in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter”, “The Loves of Hercules”, and “Promises! As an active martial artist, bodybuilder and accredited personal trainer, David employs the latest cutting edge research to enhance his own progress. After completing his education at Wayne State University and working as a personal trainer in the Detroit area, he decided to make the pilgrimage to the bodybuilding Mecca: Gold’s Gym. I would open the door to the gym and get a great pump. Tom Platz Guest Posing Routine: 1983 Olympia! Join us at @weareladder to fuel your training, no matter what music gets you pumped: https://t.co/O45VLvF3yT pic.twitter.com/57AZFvfL4I, — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 24, 2019. • Lower Middle 1986. That’s why I’m coming back.”. Is he married? On January 30th, 61 at the time, Platz posted a squat video saying, “62 on June 26, lol. You can contact him at [email protected]. The only keto supplements made for bodybuilders. Amazing stuff. OSL Contributor, Tom Platz, the Golden Eagle, has returned to bodybuilding in a big way. A post shared by Tom Platz (@tomplatz) on Sep 9, 2020 at 1:03pm PDT. I felt that that was the right thing to do. Tom Platz. © 2020 Bodybuilding.com. After his run of Olympia performances ended in 1986, he took a job as a corporate recruiter, an occupation that he enjoyed. [ Q ] Had you, however, won the Olympia title, might your career have gone even further? He didn’t initially like the exercises but did them regardless because he thought he should still work on his legs – he saw his leg exercises as trivial and kept them short and they lasted for no longer than 15 minutes. var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer||""==referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); Rick Collins Esq. [ Q ] Hypothetically speaking, if you were to walk back into the gym tomorrow and begin training intensely, as any good bodybuilder should, then could you conceivably pack on 20 pounds of quality mass within, say, six months?