Born June 26, 1955
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA
Probably no one in bodybuilding is as associated with a bodypart as much as Tom “Legs” Platz. In his early contests, whatever his overall placing, he frequently won the best legs subdivision.
Born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Platz began competing on June 23, 1974, in Erie, Pennsylvania, placing second at the Mr. Teen USA.
In the summer of 1978, Platz moved to California and got a job handing out towels on the beach, so he could train for the Mr. America in September. He won best legs and placed second in the short class, but he was also selected to compete in the World Amateur Championships in Acapulco, where he won the middleweight class and gained his pro card.
Platz’s IFBB pro debut was October 7, 1979, in Columbus, Ohio, in the under-200-pound class at the then two-tiered Mr. Olympia; he placed eighth. Platz’s best IFBB placings were second at the 1980 Pro Universe in Columbus, Ohio, and third place at the 1981 Mr. Olympia. Shortly after that, he injured his right biceps, neglected to have it treated immediately and, after four more pro events, retired from competition, following his sixth-place finish at the Detroit Pro Invitational in 1987. His total IFBB run was a dozen contests.
Tom Platz’s leg development was peerless in his day and has not yet been surpassed. Perhaps his greatest achievement is that he remains the first gentleman of bodybuilding. Today, he lives in Southern California, where he runs a fitness consultation business with his wife, Cha.
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2003