In some ways bodybuilding is in a post-high volume era. Lifters are busier, leaving less time to hit the gym. The science of bodybuilding is ever-evolving, looking for better ways to blast the body without having to spend hours in the gym each day.
Tom Platz, and his amazing quadriceps, harken us back to a different era. In many ways, a high volume leg routine – such as the one Tom Platz performed – seems strange and impossible. We are challenged by his volume of leg work, and should rise to the occasion and seek out ways to up our training volume and intensity without expanding our workout time.
Tom Platz was, and forever will be, the king of squats and legs. Here is the famous Tom Platz leg workout.
Tom Platz Squat and Leg Routine
Squats, 8-12 sets of 5-20 reps
Hack Squats, 5 sets of 10-15 reps
Leg Extensions, 5-8 sets of 10-15 reps
Lying Leg Curls, 6-10 sets of 10-15 reps
Standing Calf Raises, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps
Seated Calf Raises, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps
Hack Machine Calf Raises, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps
Breaking down Tom’s squat and leg workout we find that he performed and average of 21.5 sets for quads, 8 sets for hamstrings, and 10.5 sets for calves. That’s a total of 40 sets.