I was just reading the Bible of Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger and at the section about quads he was saying that Tom Platz would often do stuff like massive drop sets, sets of like 50 - 100 reps, etc. He said that it was not rare for Tom Plats to do stuff like put 225 lb on his back and squat that beyond paralell for like 10 minutes straight. He also said that on leg extensions he would do as many full reps as possible, then go down to 3/4 reps, then 1/2, reps, then 1/4 reps, and so on and so on. This seems like it would obviously some crazy stuff to do to your legs. but i have a questions... does anyone know how often/when he would do this? And doesn't 100 reps seem a little high, or is it different for lower body work? tanks
Thread: Tom Platz Leg Routine?
09-25-2011, 02:00 PM #1
Tom Platz Leg Routine?
02-22-2012, 07:25 PM #2
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Here's one of Platz' "regular" leg workouts, copied from a muscle mag 20 years ago:
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
I can't recall how often he said in the magazine article that he performed this workout, but based on what most other Pros were doing back then (lots of volume), it was probably once a week.
As far as the issue of 100-rep Squat sets (or any other exercise, for that matter), some people make great progress with such schemes. The only way for you to find out if it will benefit you is to try it for several weeks and see how it goes.
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