Bodybuilding great Jay Cutler is sharing more of his coveted workout wisdom. In a recent YouTube short, Cutler discussed his ‘secret’ tip for maximizing results on the rope press down, including rep range and body positioning.
In the 2000s, Jay Cutler established himself as an elite bodybuilder, testing himself against countless legends of the sport including former eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, Dexter Jackson, and Dennis Wolf. In 2006, Cutler became the one and only bodybuilder to dethrone ‘The King’ Coleman following a long-standing rivalry.
Jay Cutler decided to retire from the sport in 2013, but his passion for training, nutrition, and building a quality physique still fuels his daily efforts today. In addition to serving as a bodybuilding ambassador, Cutler offers his fans useful and easy-to-apply fitness tips.
From maximizing your bench press to achieving a more shredded core, Cutler has the answer. This time, he gave the low-down on making the most of rope press downs for triceps development.
Jay Cutler Walks Fans Through His Rope Press Down Demonstration for Better Triceps
Cutler demonstrates below exactly how he performs rope press downs. Throughout his career, while unsure of the exact reason why, Cutler prefers to perform this exercise in a kneeling position.
“I’m going to start with triceps. Rope press downs, I’m actually going to kneel on the floor with these. I’m going to get my body close to the machine. At the bottom I’m going to come out, I’m going to exaggerate what I’m doing but I’m going to come out like this.
This is really going to work your elbows, it’s going to work the long head of the triceps. Get all the blood flowing, and then we’ll go into some more compound movements.”
As for rep ranges, Cutler mentioned that around 12 is best, stressing that it’s ideal to keep the body close to the machine.
“Stay on the floor, it feels better for me, don’t ask me why it’s just something I do. I don’t know. Close to the machine and down.”
“12 reps,” adds Cutler.
Jay Cutler isn’t the only credentialed bodybuilding Pro to offer useful advice for making gains on the rope press down. Lee Priest recently walked his audience through his best practices while performing rope exercises, which included his thoughts on different cable handles.
Aside from these latest tips for bettering your rope press downs, Cutler also offered insight into a staple training split: push, pull, and legs. Not only did Cutler analyze the efficiency of the split, but he simplified things for beginner lifters, specifying that it’s more important to focus on different exercises rather than a set of body parts.
Whether he is giving his opinion on his old-school McDonald’s coffee pre-workout or instructing lifters on their best practices, Cutler aims to offer easy-to-understand information that anyone can apply inside the training room.