Health and physical maintenance have become top priorities for Jay Cutler, who led one of the most inspiring bodybuilding careers of all time. In a recent YouTube video, Cutler revealed he weighs 234 pounds and listed the exercises, rep ranges, and sets he used during a demanding shoulders training session.
“I’m going to do a little shoulder workout today, it seems like we’re either doing shoulders or back. We missed a good leg one yesterday, I wish we would have gotten that on film,” Cutler shared.
Having placed runner-up on the Mr. Olympia stage a handful of times, the bodybuilding world was unsure if Cutler would ever claim gold. However, those presumptions were turned upside down in 2006 after Cutler dethroned the eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman. While grit and tenacity were crucial factors in taking out “The King,” Cutler admits it took calculated measures both in the gym and kitchen to catch up to his arch-rival.
Training in the middle of the night and consuming 140 egg whites a day became normal life for Cutler, who in the past described having to go ‘to a dark place’ to remain a top-tier bodybuilder for 12 years consecutively.
Retiring in 2013, Cutler remains one of the biggest names in the sport a decade later. He also keeps up with his physique and recently transformed his body as part of a ‘Fit-for-50’ challenge before turning 50 years old.
Given his influence on the bodybuilding community, fans listen when Cutler speaks and they pay extra attention to his training sessions. Whether it’s building 20-inch arms or growing legs fit for a legendary quad stomp pose, the former four-time Mr. Olympia has the knowledge.
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Check out Jay Cutler’s complete shoulder workout list below:
- Standing calf raise — 3 sets | 12-13 reps
- Seated calves machine — 3 sets | 11-13 reps
- Seated press machine — 3 sets | 13-15 reps
- Standing side laterals — 3 sets | 12-13 reps
- Incline barbell front raise — 3 sets | 10-13 reps
- Seated reverse peck deck — 3 sets | 10-12 reps
- High pulley rear delts crossover — 3 sets | 10-12 reps
- Crunches — 3 sets | 12-15 reps
- Seated crunch machine — 3 sets | 12-15 reps
- Leg raise machine — 3 sets | 10-15 reps
Cutler revealed he’s weighing 234 pounds and underlined the importance of achieving a pump during each of his workouts.
“Stairs, I did them 60 minutes this morning. And I was like, this is my torture workout after a leg session. I had the best leg workout yesterday in this gym that I’ve had in months. I don’t know [why]. I just found the rhythm, I was two meals in, just everything was hitting right, I’m sore as hell today.”
“Tearing fibers and whatever else, some people say the pump doesn’t do it, the pump for me does it. I find a happy medium of like pump and fiber – stretching fascia and creating – I don’t know if I’m really building muscle so maybe I’m lying. The critics would say you should forever be building muscle but I think I’m losing muscle if that makes sense. That’s the goal is to lose a little bit of muscle right, you don’t want to be so muscle-bound.”
“I’m 234 though, 234. Staying on the program,” Cutler added.
While performing on the seated calves machine Cutler utilized a ‘one-two motion’ with each repetition.
“Really get that contraction. I’m going to get a feel for this, I’m going to go up in weight, I might put a quarter on. What’s nice about this is the sides are counterbalanced so if I do put weight on it, it’s not going to be heavier on one side of the calf or whatever.”
“When your leg is at a good bent position, you hit that outer calf really well.”
After performing multiple sets of standing side laterals, Cutler discussed the demands of his current training routine:
“I have to train 5-7 days a week because I would find myself — you got to remember, my training is functional, right? So I do it for my physique and I do it for the health aspect but the majority of it is for here [mental].
If I don’t go to the gym, I have nothing to take out the frustrations or the stress or the I just need something to keep me… so I get up and do that hour of cardio in the morning which is great, but it’s still not enough. Strength training for some reason, it puts me in a different headspace. It’s not the same as cardio.”
In between sets of high pulley rear delts crossovers, Cutler practiced posing and then taxed his abdomen with crunches. Then after seated crunch machine sets, Cutler talked about working out again with comedian Carrot Top, who showed up to watch him train.
Even though Cutler’s training methods have changed drastically since his days of competing, he still feels the need to work out five to seven days a week. Most importantly, he believes cardio and weight training combined help him process mental stress more effectively on a daily basis.