Who is Tom Platz?

  • Name:Thomas Steven Platz
  • Date of Birth: 26 June 1955
  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 7 inches)
  • Off-season Weight: 102-106 kg (225-233 lb)
  • Competition Weight: 98-102 kg (216-225 lb)
  • Arm size: 50 cm (19.68 in)
  • Leg size: 90 cm (35.4 in)
  • Waist size: 90 cm (35 in)
  • Calf size: 52 cm (20 in) 
  • Chest size: 150 cm (59 in)
  • Hip size: 110 cm (43.3 in)
  • Championships: Mr. Universe


Biography of Tom Platz: The Golden Eagle

If you fully believe you will be successful and can visualize being successful, you will succeed.

Let hear the life story of the most successful bodybuilder “Tom Platz” who has also established his career successfully as a director and professor. Tom Platz is also famous with other names such as Golden Eagle and Quadfather. 

The most interesting thing about Tom is that he is a man with legs. He has spent his life lifting weight and playing sports. No doubt, Tom is an all-rounder who is an expert in health, fitness and sports. According to him, this expertise is the cause of bodybuilding. 

If we talk about attitude or personality of Tom. Then we can say he is a modest man with a positive nature. These things become the cause of his win in many contests. No doubt, his transformation from bodybuilder to businessman is very interesting. 


Early Life

The date of birth of the famous bodybuilder Tom Platz is June 26, 1955. He was born in Oklahoma, United States. The name of his father and mother is still unknown. He has two siblings and the name of his wife is Cha Nikito-Platz. 

When he was only nine years old, he saw a picture of the famous bodybuilder Dave Draper. He was much inspired by Dave and decided to be a bodybuilder. He went to his father and said, "It is what I want to be in my future." Then he started lifting the bugs at the age of 9 years. He also visited many gyms and asked them if they trained him. 

“When you promise yourself something, make a commitment, you can't give up."

When Tom was at the age of 15, his weight was almost 166 pounds. The main reason for his rapid weight gaining of Tom was his genetics. So, he had gained much weight with developed muscles in very less time. Tom has joined many gyms and learned the right way to squat from trainers Norbe and Lowe. 

At the age of 15, he started taking part in many bodybuilding shows. He also has participated in eight Mr. Olympia shows. His fame is not because of trophies; he is famous because of his weight-lifting videos. 

He has completed his education at the famous Wayne State University. After he had completed his education, he started working as a trainer for bodybuilders. Tom retired in 1987 and his current age is 67 years. 

He last time appeared in Mr. Olympia in 1986. But still, many bodybuilding fans like him and know him very well. 


“Bodybuilding taught me about winning and losing.”

This quote is said by the famous bodybuilder Tom Platz. He believes that bodybuilding is a practice that teaches you how to win and lose. 

It has been reported that Tom squats 8 reps with 636 pounds and 51 reps with 351 pounds. He also has been reported to squat almost 100 reps with 220 pounds for 15 minutes. To know how he squats reps, you can watch any video. It will help you to understand how his thighs go below while squatting. 

Tom likes to squat for 15 minutes with 220 pounds straight. It is his style that makes him more massive. He performs 60 reps for leg twists and extensions. 


We have discussed the bodybuilding routine of Tom. It will be right to say that his training is famous because of its high intensity. He uses a barbell to perform squats and lift almost 260 kg weight. He continues this training until the failure of his leg muscles. Further, Tom can lift almost 285 kg 15 times, 156 kg 51 times and 220 kg 10 times on his legs. 

When he was young, he learned many things from the famous trainer. The trainer taught him many great lessons about exercising, hardworking and grit. So, he always has used these great lessons in his remaining life in the gym and other places. 

“When you are uncomfortable is when you will grow.”

Though many people are curious to know about legs of Tom. He has learned many things to make his legs strong and huge. He got training from famous body lifters. 

The Golden eagle Legacy

When Tom left the bodybuilding field, he started working as an actor. So, Cha has opened a fitness center. Then Tom has taught many lessons to the next generation. He started working as a trainer and trained many visitors to the club. It means his knowledge helped him a lot. After some time, he became the head of the bodybuilding field.  

Martial Life

When he started his career as a bodybuilder. There was much rumor that he had many girlfriends in his school life. But Tom had thought intelligently and never had talked about this issue publically. 

When Tom used to go to the gym for bodybuilding, he met Cha. Then in 2000, both got married happily. After that, they visited many places all over the world. Recently, they visited Europe and again planning to do so.


Some people like to live without too much risk. They're satisfied leading a safe existence. This attitude of caution infiltrated into their goals. Every successful athlete-or businessperson-enjoys taking calculated risks. You have to. Especially in the gym when you're squatting 500 for reps and you can’t get one more but grunt out ten. Your nose starts bleeding, you fall into the rack and that’s set one.

Tom Platz became known for his leg development throughout his professional bodybuilding career in the 1970s and 1980s, and one look at his physique at the time will tell you why. He was known as "The Golden Eagle" because of his distinctive golden hair, but he was also known as "The Quadfather" because Platz, who also powerlifted throughout his career, was Mr. Universe in 1980 and finished third at the 1981 Olympia, which many fans felt he should have won. He was known to hammer his legs with high-rep, high-intensity squats to build his famed wheels. And the punishment certainly paid off.

"Bodybuilders were one family, with their friction, but with their shared love – bodybuilding."

As Tom was caught in some serious knee injuries, he also has faced circulatory system issues and difficulty in his right leg. It became a serious and life-threatening issue. 

Platz is still in shape and gives bodybuilding and leg development courses. He demonstrated the benefits of a good diet and consistent workouts in a recent Instagram post.


As we all know that Tom is a famous bodybuilder. He started his strong bodybuilding career in 1970. He achieved the award of Mr. Universe in 1980. He got this award in the Global Championship program. He also appeared in the Mr. Olympia awards but unfortunately, he did not get that award. But still, he is the love of many bodybuilder fans because of his impressive legs. 


I don’t believe in luck. Luck comes to men of action

Tom Platz is a bodybuilder and professional actor. Also known as the Golden Eagle. Unofficially regarded as Mr. Olympia 1981. Thomas began training at the age of ten in 1965, after his parents purchased Joe Weider's instruction manual and full equipment. According to the athlete, his life changed the moment he touched the bar in his hands. The child obeyed every instruction in the guidebook, spending all of his spare time to training. Soon after, he attracted the attention of a magazine featuring images of Dave Draper, and Tom made the definite decision to commit his life to bodybuilding. When Tom moved to California, he unintentionally located near Draper and frequently practised with his childhood idol. Thomas was Arnold Schwarzenegger's disciple, and he learned how to organise his actions from him. Platz made his amateur world championship debut in 1978, winning first place in the middle weight category and the "Absolute category" in Acapulco, Mexico. In 1979, he competed in the Mr. Olympia contest and finished eighth. Platz finished second in the "World Championship Pro" in 1980, allowing forward Jusup Wilkosz to advance. Tom's highest competition result was a third-place finish at Mr. Olympia in 1981. Tom Platz retired from sports in 1987. After finishing his career, the athlete began acting in films. Tom Platz was a bodybuilding coach and the head of the bodybuilding section of the "International Association of Sports Science." 

It is now clear that Tom was caught in the love of bodybuilding at an early age. So, he got the way to what he wanted to be in the future. No doubt, he has the best genetics but now he is what he had worked for. He had used his blood, sweat and determination to gain this fame.