Golden Era Bodybuilding Legend Says “Olympia Has Lost Its Identity And The Arnold Classic Has Lost Its Reputation”


The sport of bodybuilding has always been super competitive, with new faces joining the ranks every day. And, while thousands dream of winning a Mr. Olympia title or an Arnold classic, only a few can pull it off. Champions are rare to come and legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler only come once in a lifetime.

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But, along with the changing times, changes in the aesthetics of the sport have been noticed. Over time, more and more mass monster bodies replaced the old Greek-type bodies. This, along with some very important decisions in the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic competitions, has caused some veterans to question the current value of it all. And, one of those people is the “Quadfather” of bodybuilding, Tom Platz.

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Bodybuilding icon Tom Platz comments on current stage events

On September 21, 2022, Tom Platz, best known for his 30-inch quads, spoke about deteriorating physical sports standards. He compared Ionic shows like Mr. America, clearly showcasing the different aesthetics of the eras. At the time of his advent, the stage of Mr. America was not reserved only for muscular bodies. In addition, one had to have clean skin and well-groomed hair, as well as an intellectual personality.

And, Platz also commented on how the better-known Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic scenes go downhill faster. Platz commented, “Olympia has lost its identity, and the Arnold Classic has lost its reputation.” And, this new credo of bodybuilders thinks winning a Mr. Olympia is all they have to accomplish. Thus, according to him, “Mr. America is trying to bring this iconic competition back.

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Tom Platz – the story of an uncrowned king

Many physical athletes have had their wins and losses, but perhaps none were as deserving as Platz. Born in 1955, his first professional stage dates back to the 1970s and he shone. Although Tom was never crowned Mr. Olympia, he was certainly a towering figure on the stage. He was a fan favorite at the 1981 stage but lost it to Franco Columbu.

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Platz’s popularity was untouchable, he was widely sought after for his tree trunk quads. And, his quads are still considered the thickest in bodybuilding history.

Notably, this is exactly where Tom’s own passion lies. He currently conducts masterclasses on leg development and the art of bodybuilding. And, if his Official Instagram You have to believe, he is still in incredible shape.

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