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Tom Platz Biography



Born: June 26th, 1955

Height: 5’8″

Excerpt from Tom Platz’s Biography
Thomas Steven Platz was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, an Army base, on June 26, 1955. For the Christmas of 1965, his parents’ bought from Joe Weider Weight Set, that came with the training manual. Tom words, “I inherently felt these weights would change my life and be my life. The plates were painted gold, made out of iron, and weighed 95 pounds in total, which consisted of a 15-pound straight bar and individual plates weight 5, 10, 25 with tiny collars. Our basement ceiling was so low, that my dad would have to lift the weights above his head, centering it between two rafters in the ceiling. I continued to train in the basement of my parents’ home, and my dad and I rigged up a makeshift bench out of a picnic bench covered with a rug. I continued to follow Weider’s Training Manual, word for word, diagram for diagram.”

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Competition Record

1995 Honorary Mr. America – AAU
1987 Detroit Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
1986 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 11th
1985 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 7th
1984 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 9th
1982 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 6th
1981 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 3rd
1980 World Pro Championships – IFBB, Mr. Universe
1980 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 8th
1980 Night of Champions – IFBB, 12th
1979 Mr. Olympia – IFBB, 8th Place
1978 World Amateur Championships – IFBB Mr. Universe
1978 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 2nd
1977 Mr. Southeastern USA – AAU
1977 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 2nd
1976 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 3rd
1975 Mr. Michigan – AAU
1974 Junior & Senior State Powerlifting Championships – AAU, 220 Class Champ
1974 Teen Mr. America – AAU, 2nd
1973 Mr. Adonis – AAU
1973 Mr. Ironman – AAU

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1 Comment
  • ray storti Jul 10,2010 at 3:56 am

    tom, it’s ray from golds back in 87…..remember, me and u and u and tony martinez use to train together every morning!!!!! WHERE IS TONY????? PLEASE let me know where he is or PLEASE have him email me at brotherray@sbcglobal,net

    luv u man,


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