“They Blow Their Intestines Out”: Currently Suffering From Severe Nerve Damage, Legendary Bodybuilder Aka ‘Quadfather’ Made an Eye-Opening Revelation

Published 08/17/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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There are notorious athletes, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Jay Cutler, and many more known for their landslide conquest of the Sandow trophy. Then, there are athletes like Tom Platz, a.k.a ‘The Quadfather,’ who have hailed from the status of a personal trainer in Kansas City to become an inspiration in the bodybuilding arena. Moreover, ‘The Golden Eagle,’ as he is referred to in the golden age of bodybuilding, won the Mr. Universe competition.

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There are scores of feuding tales between a number of bodybuilders. However, Tom was one such bodybuilder who pleased even his opponents by narrating events when they helped him through his thorny days. Recently, he made a YouTube short, elaborating on people who overtrain themselves, which can lead to dire consequences. 

Tom Platz talking about overtraining in the recent times 

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Tom Platz highlighted the importance of training accurately at a desired training time, eliminating the need for overtraining. Thus, the Golden Eagle says, “I talk to people that hurt themselves severely. They blow their intestines out squatting.” Nowadays, in the present climate of bodybuilding, youngsters or young bodybuilders think that the harder they are going to train, the better they will be. However, while training for Mr. Olympia or any other bodybuilding competition, fitness enthusiasts need to focus on their intensity and not the number of hours. 

Moreover, Platz continues his delineation by quoting, How is that possible? What did you do? Doing too much too soon is something people do.” The 68-YO legend adds to the monologue by explaining to fans his experience in bodybuilding as he started off weight training when he was 9-YO. Thus he says, “I think people are so excited to get the weight. You wanna put more weight on and squat more weight for more reps. But the technique has to be pure.” 

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The Golden Eagle can personally relate to the experience of overtraining in the gym which has severely damaged the nerve of his face. The condition is referred to as Bell’s Palsy, wherein he could not open his mouth properly, it is like one side of his face is paralyzed because of inadequate recovery and over-training. The condition is very much similar to Sylvester Stallone, who was born with a damaged facial nerve due to which a part of his face and tongue was paralyzed throughout his life. Also, Tom Platz’s fans want to watch him recover quickly from this condition. 

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Fans stand with Tom Platz in a condition alike Sylvester Stallone

The 68-year-old bodybuilding legend is suffering from a severe disease named Bell’s Palsy. The healthcare condition has caused one side of Tom’s mouth to droop like Stallone’s. Overtraining is not the only rationale behind this. He even contracted a stomach virus, and the combined effects of both led to the temporary paralysis of his facial muscles. 

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Tom Paltz commented on Instagram on his condition, quoting, It’s getting much, much better it will go away. But the nerves in my face will challenge me to where my mouth doesn’t open properly as you can probably see…It’s Bell’s Palsy.” Every one of his fans is praying for Tom’s condition and wants him to recover soon. Moreover, the social media handles of Tom a.k.a the Golden Eagle are flooded with comments. What do want to say about Tom’s condition? Do comment below.

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Ananya Dixit

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Ananya Dixit is a bodybuilding writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in marketing from London Business School. Though Ananya was a newbie sports writer till she joined ES, fitness always intrigued her.
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