Like so many, Tom Platz moved to California with $50.00, and a dream of being a pro bodybuilder. In 1978 he won his class at the World Amateur Championships (Mr. Universe) and attained his pro card. He soon after became known for his unparalleled leg development. Although huge by any standard, it wasn’t just the sheer size that set his legs apart, but the shape, deep separation and striations.
In 1979 Tom, made his pro debut placing 8th in the IFBB Mr. Olympia. This started a string of top ten finishes with his best being in 1981 where he placed 3rd. To this day many would argue he should have been 1st, with Danny Padilla coming in a close 2nd. Unfortunately, the 1981 Olympia, which solidified Platz’s status as a bodybuilding icon, turned out to be a bigger controversy than the Sydney Affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger the year prior.
Tom Platz retired from competition in 1987, but for many years continued to be one of the most sought after speakers on bodybuilding, training, nutrition and fitness. He was a Professor and the Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at the International Sport Sciences Association (ISSA) for 14 years. Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California.