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Jay Cutler is a four-time Mr. Olympia winner, bodybuilding legend, and successful businessman. He’s won the Arnold Classic three times, ended Ronnie Coleman’s reign as Olympia champion, and despite being retired, is still one of the most well-known and well-respected names in the industry.
With achievements like this, there’s no denying that Jay Cutler holds the key to multiple secrets to success. But the question remains: Is he willing to share the tips that built his incredible physique and made him one of the best bodybuilders of all time?
Fortunately, in addition to being a top-level bodybuilder, Jay Cutler is an expert willing to share his knowledge with others. And thanks to a collaboration with Trifecta Nutrition, SET FOR SET was able to create a list of interview questions for Jay Cutler to answer, including several inquiries submitted by our email subscribers.
From how he got his start in bodybuilding to his rivalry with Ronnie Coleman to his training secrets for building massive legs, we asked, and Jay Cutler answered.
Jay Cutler is an inspiration to bodybuilders of all levels, whether you've been lifting for ages or are just starting out. Read on to hear from Jay about how he got his start, where his incredible work ethic came from, and his best training and nutrition strategies.
I was taught hard work and continuous dedication. I learned the sacrifice for future benefit.
I knew from the age of 12 I wanted to be a “bodybuilder,” so when I joined the gym on August 3, 1991, I knew from that moment forward my goal would be to get onto a bodybuilding stage eventually.
I remember many things. The travel with Ronnie, the magazine hype created, but honestly every time I competed against Ronnie I always believed I could beat him - no BS.
I mainly changed having Hany Rambod take over the off-season and the pre-contest diet. I ate more whole foods than ever and turned up the weights and cardio like never before. I had a great team around me that year to push me back to the title.
The key to holding onto muscle and trimming fat was the higher protein and low fat diet I followed consistently year-round.
The #1 secret to leg size is good genetics, but I would say the squat is the ultimate mass builder for great legs. Put a 2x4 under the heels and squat ass to grass!!!
I don’t think I would change much. I feel I did everything I needed to be the best and build a brand at the same time.
The key is to sleep well, eat well, and not stress. I continue to train consistently. I do not drink or smoke. I live a healthy lifestyle.
I would choose the volume by the amount of food I ate. The short rest periods are important also. I was a speed trainer - never much ego - just straight sets and nonstop effort.
My body worked well on high carbs. I was very active, and I carried a lot of muscle. I had a great metabolism and I kept most if not all added fats from my regime.
A great coach will, of course, have experience, but also listen to your feedback and more importantly keep things as simple as possible - no crazy tricks or risky poor decisions.
I don’t have many hobbies outside work. I feel my life is a blessing, so any downtime is spent with my dogs and being at home in my theater.
I think you need a very strong mind and belief in yourself if you want to be a Champion. It takes many years of mature muscle, which means constant work in the gym and in the kitchen with meal planning. Rest is also important.
I think there is much confusion on what actually works. We have gotten away from “hard work” equals results. The supplements are exactly what they say. Taken along side a great diet, they can be very beneficial.
A 2 On/1 Off Split:
The hardest body parts, legs or back, always follow with a day off. Rest is where you grow your body. Everyone needs rest days.
You must eat to grow. Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Make some extra pasta. Eat cans of tuna. Make it happen. If you aren’t eating, you won’t grow. Zero time for excuses. Don’t look back.
And there you have it. Whether you are looking for nutrition tips, bulking advice, additional information to help you grow your legs, or simply to glean the wisdom from a legend, there’s nothing better than getting the information straight from a top level bodybuilder like Jay Cutler.
SET FOR SET sends a huge thanks to Trifecta Nutrition for making this interview possible, and another major thanks to Jay Cutler for taking the time to answer our questions.
And if you're looking for additional tidbits, tips, lifting advice, and training and nutrition information from Jay Cutler, you can find even more on his social media accounts and website:
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