Name : Thomas Steven Platz
born in : Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, an Army base, on June 26, 1955.
For the Christmas of 1965, my parents' bought my first weight set from Weider, which came with the training manual. 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.
Tom Platz is one of the most sought after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He is currently a Professor and Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA. Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California.
Tom Platz retired from professional bodybuilding competition in 1987 and did a 'Comeback' in 1995 when he was awarded Honorary Mr. America. He still promotes the sport wholeheartedly. Tom says, "I just want to give back to the sport I love which has been really great to me." He is truly a legend in the fitness and bodybuilding industry.
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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