Tom Platz was a High Intensity Training BEAST back in the '80s. He was a true contender for the biggest bodybuilding prize of all – the Mr. Olympia. He came close a couple times but never won.
Many suggest it was because his legs were overdeveloped, which left his massive upper body out of balance.
I think his reputation preceded him into competitions. By this I mean that judges had preconceived notions of this imbalance that no longer existed.
In short, Platz kept his massive, awesome leg development and built up his upper body to epic proportions.
While reviewing information this morning, I came across this current video of Platz.
In it, Tom talks about his past, the 1981 Mr. O, his mindset, and how he was so focused he didn't even know who was on the stage with him!
andizzle asked: I am a pretty small 16 year old guy and I am really wanting to gain some weight and some muscle. I don't have an exercise machine just a bench press. I have been working out with push ups and curls for awhile now and it doesn't seem to be doing much good. I do drink a lot of soda and was wondering if it could be doing more damage than I think it is. I'm looking for some exercises that are really effective without a machine and was wondering if the soda i drink can be doing more damage than I think. Also what kinds of foods to eat and what to replace the soda with.
My answer: Read up, man! Go to the home page (Build Muscle, Lose Fat) and just start reading. There's a wealth of information there.
And cut the soda – it's nothing but empty calories. There is zero nutritional value in soda. And the high fructose corn syrup will kill you, your metabolism, your kidneys, and your gains. Plus, it will make you fat-skinny.
NOBODY wants that!
Eggs are the perfect muscle-building food: They're protein-dense, promote fat loss, and the bad cholesterol image they've been saddled with was completely overblown!
Eggs offer the most complete source of protein from food (as opposed to supplements); in fact, they're the yardstick that all other foods fail miserably at measuring up to. The “biological value” (BV) of the egg is 100 on a scale of 1 to 100. Cow's milk, for example, comes in at 91 while beef comes in at 80 (wikipedia).
On a side note, whey protein isolate (from cow's milk) comes in at a whopping 104! This is the primary reason that you should be ingesting, and investing in, whey protein powders mixed with milk.
Coupled with its small size, the egg gives you a lot of protein for its small weight. In other words, it's protein rich and nutrient dense.
Don't worry, either, about the fat or the cholesterol in eggs (if you're a healthy individual): You will not increase your body fat or cholesterol levels by ingesting several eggs a day. In fact, you could probably eat a dozen eggs a day for several weeks in a row (if not months) and not suffer any ill consequences.
The egg is an ideal source of protein, offering all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Plus, eggs have an incredible anabolic effect on a person's body. Old timers like the late Vince Gironda used to prescribe dozens of eggs a day to his pupils during their brief (3 to 6 weeks) “bulking up” phases. This super food causes an outpouring of human growth hormone, which helps immensely in BOTH muscle-building and fat-loss efforts.
In short, you will build muscle and drop bodyfat by making intelligent use of eggs in your diet.
Give them a try! You'll like the results.
will k asked: I'm planning to start working out again at the gym. I'm 14, around 6 foot and I weigh about 145 lbs. I'm skinny, so I'm mostly muscle and no fat. I'm very athletic so I can't really gain weight. Before or after my workouts, what should I eat or drink? Should I buy muscle building supplements?
My answer: You have to begin eating a lot. You have to create a positive caloric balance – which simply means eat more than you expend.
And it's hard. It really is. Believe me when I say I used to be like you – all muscle, no fat, but the muscle I had was little. I was skinny.
It felt like I was going to eat until I exploded. I'd go periods of time where I just wasn't hungry, followed by times where I couldn't get enough to eat.
My metabolism was on a roller coaster. I couldn't gain a pound.
And if I gained a pound, I'd lose it just as quickly as I'd gained it.
So I began eating 8 times a day, about 30-40 grams of protein at each feeding. I stopped running. I stopped moving almost entirely. I had to stop worrying.
I thought more training was better. It's not. I cut my training down a lot – down to 3 times a week on a split routine, so in any given week the MOST I trained any bodypart was twice.
But I lifted heavy. Few sets, low reps, high weights.
Focus on getting stronger. Once you're stronger, you can lift heavier weights in your bodybuilding routines.
But the key is eating a lot. Supplements are your friend.
But don't eat weight gainers – they fuck up your metabolism. The sugar kills your gains. Use something like MetRx instead. Trader Joe's carries it and it's not terribly expensive.
Mix one scoop with 8 ounces of whole milk. Drink one before and after your workout.
And eat all damned day long! Try GOMAD.
Consider eating right before going to sleep, too. Doing that will usually make you hungry in the morning, so you can eat more.
The name of the game is calories, and protein is your friend. Sugar is your foe.
FYI – Lou Ferrigno was 6'5, about 140 pounds when he started bodybuilding 🙂
I subscribe to Precision Nutrition's newsletter and today, they sent me a whopper of an infographic.
It gives 9 reasons why nutrition science is often confusing and misleading. I'd post the infographic here, but for some reason, it's not rendering correctly on the page.
So here's a link.
It's a great graphic that shows exactly why you and I are both often confused when we hear or read about the “latest & greatest” in nutrition information.
Remember when whole eggs were bad for you? Now, not so much.
Remember “paper or plastic” bags the grocer offered you? Now, they charge you a dime for a paper bag and plastic isn't even an option.
Remember when saturated fats were bad and polyunsaturated fats were good? Today, turn that upside down.
Look, I know how hard it is to build muscle. Trust me when I tell you it took me 20+ years to figure it out. But once I did--BAM!--muscle appeared almost overnight. Give me your email address and I'll send you the keys.