We don’t need to introduce Tom Platz to anyone, do we? Just in case you had not heard of him before, he is a retired IFBB Pro bodybuilder who used to compete at Mr. Olympia in the 80’s. Despite of the fact that the supplements market wasn’t as huge as it is today (nor the steroid industry as well), Tom Platz developed a pair of insanely muscular legs. In fact, he’s still considered the bodybuilder with the best quads and hamstrings in the history of the sport hands down.
The Quadfather, as he was called back in the days, had his highest placement at Mr. Olympia 1981, where he got the 3rd position, right after Franco Columbu and Chris Dickerson.
What’s really interesting about him is how he used to train his legs. He would squat 3-4 hours a day without worrying about overtraining (which is a myth, by the way) or that other groups might get behind. If you ask me, I’d say that he was and still is the living proof that there is no such thing as overtraining. I’ll develop this subject in another article, though.
You don’t see too many pro bodybuilders that can squat that much, do you? In fact, I’m not even sure most of the pro bodybuiders can squat that much raw for at least one rep.
Platz’s Legs Routine
Believe it or not, but he would do the following routine every time he would train the legs. It’s an insane volume that few strength athletes could finish it successfully. Sometimes, he would quit the routine and just squat for 10 minutes in a row about 100 kg/220 lbs and then just go to the locker room and go home.
1) Squats: 8-12 sets of 5-20 reps;
2) Hack Squats: 5 sets of 10-15 reps;
3) Leg Extensions: 5-8 sets of 10-60 reps (yes, 60 reps indeed);
4) Lying Leg Curls: 6-10 sets of 10-15 reps;
5) Standing Calf Raises: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps;
6) Seated Calf Raises: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps;
7) Hack Machine Calf Raises: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps;
Not everyone can train at such a high level, obviously. However, if your quads don’t want to grow, maybe it would be a good idea to use a high volume routine, just to see whether or not they react positively.