Preparing the mind and body for a workout is ritualistic for some, and that includes bodybuilding great Jay Cutler. In a recent JayCutlerTV YouTube video, Cutler unveiled what he used as a pre-workout before mainstream formulations were brought to the supplement market. In addition, Cutler opened up on achieving longevity and the importance of having a backup plan.
In the 2000s, Jay Cutler established himself as a blue-chip bodybuilding prospect, having nailed down a runner-up spot on the Mr. Olympia stage more than any other competitor. In 2006, Cutler reached the pinnacle of the sport after he toppled Ronnie Coleman in an unforgettable display of size, conditioning, and stage presence.
Exiting a sport full of dangers unscathed, Cutler remains a top ambassador for bodybuilding. In addition to analyzing the Men’s Open category he ruled over, Cutler routinely offers training and dietary advice. Even though pre-workouts didn’t exist while Cutler competed actively, he, like many other competitors, discovered the performance-enhancing benefits of caffeine.
Jay Cutler Shares McDonald’s Coffee Hack: “I Would Train on That Before Pre-Workouts Existed”
Cutler revealed that he took a fat burner and a small black McDonald’s coffee, which served as his ideal pre-workout method.
“Well it doesn’t – what I like about it is it’s not full of caffeine. It seems like every thermo had – I remember I would take before pre-workout existed, I actually took some sort of what we call a fat burner, but a thermogenic before I trained to kind of amp myself up besides a cup of coffee right?”
After throwing a Splenda into his cup of joe, Cutler would move on to the weights.
“I still think a cup of coffee was ideal. I used to stop at McDonald’s and get a small black coffee. I would put one Splenda in it and I would train on that before pre-workouts existed.
Of course, now, we have a million pre-workouts, including the pump pre-workouts. Listen, MuscleTech when I was with them they started the whole Pump Tech campaign, Arginine and everything else and now creating that NO2 in your body to really work on the pump and increase blood flow.”
In time, Cutler began using pre-workout formulations though mentioned he preferred non-stim due to his tendency to work out late at night.
“I think that’s an awesome, stim-free, my Amplify 2.0. That is ideal to train with because you can use it at night.”
The 50-year-old bodybuilding star also reflected on longevity and always having a backup plan.
“It’s so funny how kind of one-dimensional you think when you first start where you really think you know, you really think ‘Oh, all I have to do is body-build.’ Because you don’t think about as much the later in the career right? Because it seems so far away when you see guys in their 30s bodybuilding, man that’s like 15 years away or whatever else.”“So, I didn’t really have any – the mindset immediately to be like okay, well I need to have a backup plan I mean I went to college but,” said Cutler. “I always tell everyone, you gotta have some sort of backup plan. The education is important but as it is now, I read somewhere that they are not requiring as many degrees now to you know get jobs,” shared Jay Cutler.