Summer-Ready Physique – Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, 4 times, punches chest and biceps
—Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler may have retired from competition, but he hasn’t let his foot down in the gym. On April 1, 2022, Cutler uploaded a high volume chest and bicep workout on his YouTube channel, JayCutlerTVas he prepares for summer activities shirtless.
The Massachusetts native had one of the most iconic runs in bodybuilding history, ending Ronnie Coleman’s eight-year reign as Mr. Olympia in 2006. Cutler won the most prestigious title in strength training three times (2007, 2009, 2010). After his competitive career, Cutler found success as a businessman and remains one of the most famous figures in the industry.
Check out his chest and biceps workout in the video below. For reference, practice starts at 8:44 a.m.:
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Jay Cutler’s Chest, Biceps and Calf Workout
Cutler’s video began with his usual comedy skit involving his partner, Angie Feliciano. After the opening laughs, Cutler caught up with the lead producer of JayCutlerTV David Bourlet at the Kilo Club in Las Vegas, NV, in the Tivoli Village in Summerlin for the training session.
In addition to sharing his workout, Cutler wanted the video to help his followers find midweek motivation:
Everyone should be on their summer physical transformation rotation.
Below is a breakdown of every exercise Cutler has incorporated into his training to prepare for the summer:
Machine Standing Calf Raise
Bourlet noted that Cutler starts his workouts with calves. Cutler’s reasoning is clear:
Prioritize the weakest muscle group.
Cutler mentioned that most people have less energy to train calves after a full workout and suggests it’s best to train them first:
How much blood do you have left to give to your calves.
The standing calf raise emphasizes the gastrocnemius (two-headed muscle below the knee at the back of the leg) which plays an important role in lower leg aesthetics. As seen in the video, Cutler explained that he warms up and then does three sets. It opts for a double-pump calf-raising motion to maximize contraction and lift heavier loads.
Machine Seated Calf Raise
The seated calf raise emphasizes the soleus – the muscle below the meatier gastrocnemius that contributes to the aesthetics of the lower leg. Two sets were shown in the video, as Cutler notes “a bit off the calf” as the area he targets.
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Inclined hammer press for machine
Cutler begins his chest exercises with the Hammer incline machine. He adjusts the seat to the low position and creates space between his back and the machine so he can press down in an arcing motion to get his pecs fully contracted. He did a couple of weight pyramid warm-up sets for three sets of work. Its goal is to maintain constant tension in the chest.
Incline dumbbell press
Cutler tends to do more incline moves, so moved to the incline barbell press. His rest periods between sets lasted 45-60 seconds and he emphasized that he was “tightening” each rep.
Smith machine press
The Smith machine press is a great option for mimicking the conventional dumbbell flat-bench press, but without as many safety hazards and that’s why Cutler prefers it over a free weight variation.
I am totally against flat benching.
The former mass freak has spoken of being so strong on the bench press at one point that he would tear 405 pounds. However, he backed off after straining his pecs – an added risk of injury wasn’t worth the bigger lifts.
Flye Cable Seated Machine
Cutler then did an exercise seated on the chest of a cable machine. It was a hybrid between a press and a fly. Flies are ideal for feeling the contraction of the pecs and involve more adduction of the arms. Cutler noted that his back arched similarly to his form during the incline Hammer press. He made two sets and led the last one to failure.
Cutler finished his session with a few bicep exercises, including standing alternating bicep curls, seated machine curls, free weight dumbbell curls, machine preacher curls, and cable bicep curls. seated.
After his chest, biceps and calf workout, Cutler talked about his upcoming shows; the Jay Cutler Desert Classic in Las Vegas on April 9, 2022 and the Boston Jay Cutler Classic in Lynn, MA on April 16, 2022.
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Complete Cutler Workout
Below is Cutler’s full workout routine from this session:
- Standing Calf Raise (machine) — 3 sets x 12
- Seated Calf Raise (machine) — 2 sets x 10-12
- Chest press with angled hammer — 3 sets x 10-12 reps
- Incline dumbbell press — 2 sets x 12 repetitions
- Smith Machine Flat Bed Press — 3 sets
- Flye Cable Seated Machine – 2 sets
- Standing Alternate Biceps Curl
- machine seated curl
- Free Weight Dumbbell Curl
- Machine preacher loop
- Seated Cable Biceps Curl
As summer approaches, Cutler’s goal is similar to many: to achieve a beach-ready physique. Being a former elite bodybuilding champion, he knows a few tricks to make it happen.
Featured Image: @jaycutler on Instagram