Bodybuilding legend Jay Cutler achieved enormous success as a competitive bodybuilder and he continues to score wins in his day-to-day life a decade after retirement. Cutler is a 4-time Mr. Olympia winner that snatched the title from Ronnie Coleman at the 2006 Mr. Olympia and ended the latter’s eight-year unbeaten run. He defended the belt in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Following a sixth-place finish at the 2013 Mr. Olympia, the former champ decided to call it a career.
Cutler is one of the few bodybuilders that retired without any major injuries or health issues. He is also among the handful that bid adieu to their massive physiques and significantly downsized in retirement for long-term health. However, Cutler never stopped training and kept working hard in the gym. He has become one of the prominent voices of the sport and shares his opinions on the current affairs in professional bodybuilding through various podcast appearances.
In recent weeks, Jay Cutler broke down different aspects of the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic and opined that Andrew Jacked can ‘blast everyone off the stage’ if he is at his best. He routinely shares bodybuilding wisdom through fitness content. Tips on ideal cardio and rep range for optimal muscle growth is Jay Cutler’s latest gift to his YouTube subscribers. On Feb. 13, 2023, Jay Cutler posted a video of a solid chest training session on the JayCutlerTV YouTube channel. So without further delay, let’s take a closer look at the detailed account of this training session.
Jay Cutler goes through a solid chest workout
Standing and Seated Calf Raises
Cutler started the training session with the calf exercises and performed the standing calf raises and seated calf raises. The seated variation of the calf raises works the soleus muscle while the standing variation targets the gastrocnemius muscle. Therefore, it is important to incorporate both variations in the calf training routine.
Machine Chest Press
Cutler used the Hammer Strength Iso-lateral plate loaded machine for doing this exercise and kept the seat really low. Cutler feels he gets a good contraction in the pectoral muscles when the seat is low and he pushes the weights higher. The 4-time Mr. Olympia did two warm-up sets of the machine chest press and followed them up with three working sets.
It is generally believed that the decline pressing movements emphasize the lower pecs and the incline movements target the upper pecs more. However, Jay Cutler is against this popular belief.
“I don’t believe there is always, like, you can zero in on the upper middle and lower chest. I feel this (exercise) works the overall pec and I just love anything that is unilateral,” Jay Cutler stated.
Flat Bench Machine Chest Press
Cutler next took to the incline bench variation of the machine chest press. Once again, he used the iso-lateral plate loaded machine for this exercise and cranked out a few solid sets.
Dumbbell Chest Flyes
The pressing movements develop the pushing strength of the chest / pectoral muscles. The flyes, on the other hand, develop adduction strength. Therefore it is essential to include both types of movements in the chest training routine.
After working the chest with machine exercises, the legendary bodybuilder switched to using the free weights and performed dumbbell chest flyes for a few solid sets.
Machine Incline Chest Press
Cutler next performed the incline chest press on the iso-lateral plate-loaded machine and pushed through a few sets with slow and controlled motion.
This isolation exercise served as the finisher to Jay Cutler’s chest training session. After getting a few sets of this movement under his belt, Cutler wrapped up the workout.
Overall, the workout included:
- Machine Chest Press
- Machine Flat Bench Press
- Dumbbell Chest Flyes
- Machine Incline Chest Press
- Dumbbell Pullover
With his mindful approach, Jay Cutler has set a positive example for professional bodybuilders to lead healthier life during and after their competitive days. 2021 Arnold Classic winner Nick Walker has even expressed his wish to be in shape like Jay Cutler when he retires. Hopefully, more bodybuilders that follow in Cutler’s footsteps and not sacrifice personal health and well-being for competitive success.
You can watch the full workout video here, courtesy of the JayCutlerTV YouTube channel: