Jay Cutler crafted his bodybuilding career off intense training, utilizing high volume to catch up to his rival, Ronnie Coleman. In retirement, he remains committed to fitness and recently shared his top exercises for each body part in a YouTube video.
Despite taking runner-up to Coleman a handful of times, Jay Cutler never abandoned his dream of becoming the number one bodybuilder in the world. He fulfilled his destiny as one of the best in 2006 after dethroning Coleman in an epic upset.
Accustomed to rigorous late-night workouts, Cutler consistently held a top-two ranking in bodybuilding for 12 consecutive years. Now, with time on his hands, he has transformed his physique for a ‘Fit-for-50’ challenge, and most recently, named and justified his top exercises for each body part he was required to train as a dominant Mr. Olympia champion.
Jay Cutler Shares His Top Exercises for Each Body Part
Below, you can find a list of the exercises Jay Cutler uses for each body part.
- Standing calf raise
- Stiff-legged deadlifts
- Shoulder Press
- Bench Press
- Barbell curl
- Wrist curls
- Hanging leg raises
Starting with the legs, Cutler named calf raises, squats, and stiff-legged deadlifts. He used shoulder presses for shoulders and bench presses for chest.
“Top exercises for each body part. I think your basic standing calf raise would be ideal for me. Going up to quads, definitely the squat, extremely heavy, of course. Hamstrings, I would say stiff-legged deadlifts whether it’s with dumbbells or barbells.
Back movement, your pull-ups, that’s going to give you that V-taper. Shoulders, I would definitely say the shoulder press, whether it’s dumbbell, barbell, machine, Smith machine. Chest training, your basic bench press although I don’t dictate a lot of barbell movements I would focus on dumbbell movements for sure,” shares Jay Cutler.
For arm training, Cutler stuck to barbell curls and dips for triceps development.
“Arm training, biceps, your standard barbell curl, whether it’s a cambered bar, straight bar, that exercise is going to build the arms the most. Triceps, I would say dips.
I mean look at these guys in the Olympics, they have the crazy triceps where they work on the rings. The dip being a lock out movement for the triceps, that’s really ideal.”
Lastly, he favored wrist curls for forearm definition and preferred hanging leg raises for tightening the midsection.
“Forearms, I would definitely saw wrist curls. That’s going to help build your forearms a little more. You’re always going to have big biceps but you got to have the forearms to match.
Ab training, I would say hanging leg raises. That’s going to hit the core a lot deeper and help you develop the ab wall.”
Jay Cutler has offered fans a wealth of training advice since departing from the big stage. Whether you’re looking to improve your bench press or are open to incorporating drop sets into a workout, Cutler relays easy-to-understand guides on how to maximize results inside the training room.
Aside from those pointers, Cutler continues to underline the importance of a ‘quality’ pump. He revealed his three-pronged approach to achieving a stellar pump, which simply comes down to ‘hydration, food intake, and repetitions.’
As we all know, hitting every body part per week at the gym is an ambitious task. However, Cutler believes these nine exercises are sufficient for growing a well-rounded and balanced physique.