- Editor note: Steroids were in full bloom when Platz was competing. They were as prevalent in pro bodybuilding and important to bodybuilding then as they are today. Tren, Insulin, and GH existed but hadn’t become popular among bodybuilders. For example, Trenbolone acetate was first synthesized in 1963, for cattle, but hadn’t become popular with bodybuilders until the early 1980s.
- Platz says he took 20 milligrams of Winstrol pills a day and one 100 mg shot of Deca a week. Says that was his life’s drug cycle and that was all he ever did. Never took testosterone or designer drugs.
- Platz says he transitioned to taking steroids after 10 years of heavy lifting as natural. He says he squatted with 585 as a natural. He started lifting at age nine.
- Platz was more into anabolics than androgenics.
- Platz was into heavy high rep squats mixed in with heavier weights for lower reps, and more concerned with what stimulated muscle growth than bragging rights concerning the poundage.
- Platz talks about Arnold teaching him what to do when he went out on stage, just stand there, don’t do anything, then crack a smile, and then ‘take the audience with you’. He compares that to how current bodybuilders ask for applause. He’s referring to making clapping gestures to the audience to prompt them to clap or cupping your hand to your ear like you’re aware the audience isn’t clapping enough and you’re pleading for more. He says it’s embarrassing, as in he’s embarrassed for them or he’s embarrassed that people in his field do something so pathetic.
The notes above are strictly from the above video. Platz’s attitude was “win the Mr. Olympia or die trying”, so whatever he did in preparation for his contests likely involved little moderation for moderation’s sake, he may have limited his drug use to exclude dosages that might cause certain side effects or shorten his career. But he was out to win, not moderate. Note the quote on the Musclemag cover. Platz was known as very hardcore during his competitive years, way more so than bodybuilders like Danny Padilla or Albert Beckles, for example,. Overlooking anything that would give him a competitive edge didn’t fit with the persona he presented to the public at the time, which couldn’t have been too far from his actual personality.