It wouldn’t feel like Mr. Olympia is coming in two weeks without Jay Cutler, whose contributions to the sport have only grown in retirement. Taking to a Jay Walking episode on YouTube October 23, 2023, Cutler discussed the nearing Olympia contest, impressive physiques, and revealed his ‘shake of champions.’
All eyes are fixated atop the Men’s Open as the world’s best look to handle their business next month. There is tons of fanfare and excitement surrounding the competition, especially after the unpredictable outcome that transpired on stage last year. Hadi Choopan emerged with the victory after a battle with his teammate Derek Lunsford.
Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, meanwhile, fell out of the judges’ favor in fifth place. This sent shockwaves through the sport and rearranged the Open division’s pecking order. With the Iranian champion aiming to defend his title, Cutler assessed the lineup and who might push into the first call-out.
“I Expect Samson To Pop In There” — Jay Cutler Predicts Who Might Shake Up 2023 Mr. Olympia
According to the bodybuilding legend, 2023 Arnold Classic winner Samson Dauda and Andrew Jacked are what make the nearing show different from last year.
“Yeah I mean, based off last year… I mean, obviously, with Ramy gone and I expect Samson to pop in there and Andrew probably will be getting there a little bit right? So besides those two it’s going to be the same mix-up of people. Unless someone comes from surprise, if Hunter moves in there. You know, a lot of those guys that — six, seven, eight, nine could move up.”
As for Michal Krizanek, Cutler is convinced he could pull off a sixth-place finish.
“Krizo could make a push towards that top six and surprise everyone. I think he was 10th last year or something. I mean there’s always potential but what I learned over the years looking at the transition from the guys’ generations. Everyone has the abilities.”
Cutler adds that times have changed since his era. Before social media existed, he explained that bodybuilders would have to move West toward California to become known:
“Back in the day, remember, you had to make your way out West in order to be seen. I remember the days where you couldn’t, you didn’t even know the results of the contest and in order to get you know, some publicity, you had to take a trip to California. You had to shoot with the books. Where today, you know on a day to day basis people can kind of put out there information. Now, there’s no travel necessary whatsoever,” shared Jay Cutler.
“That’s an advantage I feel like. I feel like a lot of people they don’t realize how good they actually have it where they can just zone in on the show. Obviously, the shows we were traveling a lot.”
Cutler Talks Olympia Going Overseas, Most Memorable Physiques He’s Ever Seen
Next, Cutler discussed the prospect of the Olympia contest going back overseas and named a few physiques that always stood out for him.
“What if the Olympia started going overseas again right?”
“There was less video then and the video quality was a lot different. That’s why people question who is better, what era is better and everyone is going to have their favorites. People are going to have certain people in their mind where you just remember that one image or that one moment where the people stood out in your mind more than you could ever imagine right?
I mean that’s the thing. I mean, you have certain bodybuilders I’m sure you looked at and you’re like ‘Damn, he looked so good then right?'”
Cutler looked back on Dorain Yates‘ reign, Jean-Pierre Fux, and Nasser El Sonbaty’s impressive build.
“’95 being there and watching Dorian Yates win. Seeing Nasser on stage for the first time. No, Nasser was no. It was in Atlanta. Dorian won. He looked his best. And Nasser was third he got disqualified that year but he looked unbelievable that year. Yeah, diuretics [is why he was DQ’d]. I remember that moment. I remember the 93 Yates pictures in black and white,” Jay Cutler said.
“I remember Jean-Pierre Fux when he first landed in Muscle Mag, remember how crazy he looked.”
Cutler Shares His ‘Shake of Champions’ and Protein-Packed Breakfast
Before ending the video, Jay Cutler had a classic breakfast consisting of eggs, Ezekiel bread with margarine, and a peanut butter-flavored protein shake.
“Shake of champions right here dude.”
“Two scoops of protein, two whole eggs, two slices of Ezekiel bread, another 12 grams of protein. [82 grams of protein total for breakfast]. And one packed of oat meal. I’m going to make that. I usually make that after.”
Initially, Jay Cutler decided against predictions for the upcoming 2023 Mr. Olympia, however, he changed his mind in a recent appearance on Dennis James’ The Menace podcast. Speaking from a place of objectivity, Cutler, like his predecessor Ronnie Coleman, backed Derek Lunsford to defeat Hadi Choopan for gold.
Aside from talking Mr. Olympia, Cutler has also remained passionate about training and nutrition. When elaborating on his training strategies, Cutler underlined why it’s important to ‘not always go balls to the walls.’ He credited changing his workout routines often for the best results.
With 2023 Olympia taking place from November 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, Cutler and the rest of the world eagerly await bodybuilding’s greatest attraction of the year, which is set to showcase a total of 11 divisions on stage for gold!