Bodybuilding legend Jay Cutler developed one of the best physiques in the sport and with that, he understood the necessity of achieving a stellar pump. In his latest YouTube video, Cutler reveals his secret to getting the best pump, breaking it down into three easy steps in a recent Instagram post.
During his illustrious bodybuilding career, Cutler achieved great success with massive biceps, a commanding chest, and shredded quads. Having claimed a total of four Mr. Olympia titles, Cutler’s legacy is set in stone, which was only bolstered by his cutthroat rivalry with former eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman.
If you thought that was all of Cutler’s accolades, think again. He surrendered his Mr. Olympia title in 2008 to Dexter Jackson only to win it back a year later at the 2009 Mr. Olympia. This cemented him as the one and only Open bodybuilder to ever win back the prestigious Sandow trophy.
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Setting his sights on retirement in 2013, Cutler remains committed to the sport and training. From tips on maximizing bench press results to building monstrous delts and shoulders, Cutler has the answer. In his latest effort, he gave a three-tiered explanation for achieving a pump, one of the biggest keys to muscle-building.
Jay Cutler Says He Always ‘Judged’ the Success Of His Workouts By ‘How Much He Felt’ the Pump
According to Cutler, there are three main factors which make up a quality pump, which include hydration, food intake, and repetitions.
First, he detailed why hydration correlates with better pumps.
“The most important thing is hydration, number one. You have to drink a lot of water. You can use hydration products. We have a lot of pump products, which are great.”
Then, the bodybuilding legend elaborated on why food intake is critical because giving the muscle glycogen during workouts is key.
“Secondly, your food intake. Your best pumps are going to come eating four meals a day before working out. Sometimes, when you only have one meal in the morning, you hit the gym and the pumps aren’t going to be as much because you’re obviously going to be way more hydrated, more food.
Your carbohydrates are your key because that’s going to give you the muscle glycogen, which is going to give you a better pump.”
As for repetitions, Cutler gave his signature answer of 12 reps, and specified that rest periods should “never be that long.”
“Repetitions. We train with eight plus repetitions on most of our sets. I’m usually around 12 reps. That was the most beneficial.
You want to take a break of 45 to 60 seconds is what you should, between each set you perform. The rest time can’t be too long. It’s all about repetitions.”
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- Food intake
In one of his latest tips as a bodybuilding legend, Jay Cutler offered insight into drop sets. While the former four-time Mr. Olympia opted not to utilize drop sets for most of his career, he still had plenty to say about the training system. Above all else, Cutler emphasized that with dropsets it’s most important to pay attention to rest periods and total muscle fatigue as lifters gradually decrease the weight of their reps/sets.
Even in retirement, Jay Cutler is a trusted source of exercise information for people of varying fitness levels. With his three-tiered system for achieving the optimal pump, Cutler continues to give back to the community that built him into an international star.