Tom Platz

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Tom Platz

Thomas Steven Platz is an American retired professional bodybuilder. He was known for his leg development, which in his prime measured over 30 inches, earning him the nickname The Quadfather.[1]

Platz was the director of talent development for Vince McMahon's short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF).[2] He ambushed the closing ceremonies of Mr. Olympia 1990 to announce its formation, after attending the event with McMahon as representatives of Bodybuilding Lifestyles magazine.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Tom Platz was born on June 26, 1955. Upon looking at Mr. Universe magazine at the age of 11 Tom decided to become a professional bodybuilder. At the age of 15, he weighed around 165 pounds. Later joined Armento’s Gym and was acquainted with Olympic weight lifters Norb Schemansky and Freddie Lowe and learned the proper way to squat. He developed strength and muscle mass rapidly.[5]

Competition record
IFBB Mr. Olympia
8th IFBB Mr. Olympia 1979
8th IFBB Mr. Olympia 1980
3rd IFBB Mr. Olympia 1981
6th IFBB Mr. Olympia 1982
9th IFBB Mr. Olympia 1984
7th IFBB Mr. Olympia 1985
IFBB Mr. Olympia 1986
World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships
3rd IFBB Mr. Universe 1978

World Pro Bodybuilding Championships
1st IFBB Mr. Universe 1980

AAU Teen Mr. America
2nd AAU Teen Mr. America 1974

AAU Mr. Southeastern USA
1st AAU Mr. Southeastern USA 1977

AAU Mr. Ironman
1st AAU Mr. Ironman 1973

AAU Mr. Adonis
1st AAU Mr. Adonis 1973

AAU Mr. Michigan
1st AAU Mr. Michigan 1975

Junior & Senior State Powerlifting Championships
1st AAU 220 Class Champ 1974

IFBB Night of Champions
12th IFBB Night of Champions 1980
IFBB Detroit Pro Invitational
6th Detroit Pro Invitational 1987


Pro-style Bodybuilding by Tom Platz (Author), Bill Reynolds (Author), Paperback: 192 pages, Publisher: Sterling (20 May 1985), Language English, ISBN 0806979100, ISBN 978-0806979106


See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNulty, Rose. "Tom Platz's Legs Look Ridiculous at 65 Years Old". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Vince McMahon's Attempt to Take Over Bodybuilding". Muscle & Fitness. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  3. ^ Muchnick, Irvin (2007). Wrestling Babylon : piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal. Toronto [Ont.]: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55490-761-8. OCLC 244769018.
  4. ^ Dilbert, Ryan. "Vince McMahon's Failed Attempt to Take over Bodybuilding". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  5. ^ Alexander, D'monte. "Best Bodybuilder Of All Time". SportsFighters.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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