Whenever there is a talk about the greatest legs in the sport of bodybuilding, Tom Platz is the name that tops the list. If you’ve been hanging out around the fitness industry for long, you’ll have heard of a term- “Quadzilla“, now if you’re wondering if Tom Platz is the reason for that name then yes you’re right! Famously known as quadzilla & quad father, Tom Platz flaunted one of the greatest legs ever in bodybuilding. His quad separations and definitions are talked about till this date. His method and style of leg training inspire a lot of athletes to train with him in the gym even today. Platz is also an influential speaker in the bodybuilding community. Although he never won any Mr Olympia title but was a part of the top 10 pack in many competitions including Olympia several times. He secured the third place in Mr Olympia 1981, the highest ever for him. Even though he didn’t take the Sandow home but he definitely did take a lot of respect and praises for what he did. Ironically, he never considered his legs as his strongest body part as he used to have skinny legs initially but after learning the proper squatting techniques and other methods under teachings of Olympic lifters at his gym, his legs won him trophies and led him to step on the biggest bodybuilding stage. These quotes by Tom Platz are a compilation of his great thoughts and ideas that led him there. Dive into these Tom Platz quotes and get squatting!
If you fully believe you will be successful and can visualize yourself being successful, you will succeed
I don’t believe in luck. Luck comes to men of action.
The psychological tools I’ve gained from bodybuilding will never atrophy.
Bodybuilding has been my life; if it weren’t for bodybuilding, I don’t know what I’d be doing. I look at bodybuilding as who I am.
When I go out there onstage, I want to be more than just a blocky guy who waddles onto the posing platform. I want the girls to feel something.
Having a clear-cut passion and a need, an innate need to explore that passion. That’s what fuels your endeavor.
When you’ve been taught to squat by an Olympic lifter, it’s a very serious thing. I mean, the bar real high on your neck. You know, the very strict squat performance – our butt touching the ground.
Everyone has the ability to accomplish unique feats, everyone. You choose this. Become someone great in one other life. Forget about failing to many. Who cares? Doesn’t matter when you start or finish, just start, no deviations, no excuses.
Some people like to live without too much risk. They’re satisfied leading a safe existence. This attitude of caution infiltrates into their goals. Every successful athlete – or businessperson – enjoys taking calculated risks. You have to. Especially in the gym when you’re squatting 500 for reps and you can’t get one more but grunt out ten. Your nose starts bleeding, you fall into the rack and that’s set one.
After being taught sets and reps and working at it for a length of time you can’t paint by numbers anymore. It must come from within. Any artist has an emotional contact with their work. A true bodybuilder doesn’t just build muscle he creates muscle. You can’t be a robot.
I developed little techniques back then – like wearing high socks. If I wore high socks, I would look shorter in the mirror. And if you’re real short, you don’t have that far down to go. At least that’s what the mind perceives. So I developed these little mental strategies to really train myself to handle bigger weights. Nobody taught me; I just developed those things on my own.
When you promise yourself something, make a commitment, you can’t give up. Because, when you’re in the gym, you have to fulfill the promise you made to yourself. The people who can self motivate – in any field – are usually the ones who win. Regardless of talent.
When I was 9 ½, I can remember doing bench presses on the cellar floor after dinner. My father would take my brother and sister and myself downstairs to the basement, to the cellar – they have cellars back East – and I would lay on the floor, and he would read the Weider instructional manual to me.
I really didn’t like the exercise that much. I mean, I sort of just did it to do it. I did three sets of 10 eventually just because it was leg day supposedly, and leg day was my 15 minute workout.
I came out to Los Angeles, started doing squats, and people were going, “What is he doing? Is he crazy? It makes your waist big. It makes your butt big.” But after a while that all died down, and I like to think that I was somewhat instrumental in making the squat a popular exercise to train legs again. A lot of the guys joined in with me.
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