The Butcher

How Jay Cutler slices and dices his hams and calves.


You do a feel set of standing calf raises with 220, and then pump out sets with 250, 300 and 320, getting 10-12 reps. Each of your full reps has a hitch in the middle, allowing you to focus more on the stretch at the bottom and contraction at the top.

You follow with three working sets of seated calf raises, going up to 185 pounds. As with the standing raises, you’re careful to get a full stretch and, after a hitch in each rep, a full contraction. For your next-to-last set, you do 10 reps, then you rest for 15 seconds and do eight more. Your final set is a grimacing, grunting drop set: 10 reps with 195, eight with 140 and eight with 115.

You finish up with raises on a donkey calf machine: 300 x 12, 400 x 10 and the 500- pound stack x 8.  You do the reps Jay Cutler-style, all the way down and all the way up. It’s not about the weight; it’s all about the range of motion.


  • Standing Calf Raises, 3 Sets, 10-12 Reps
  • Seated Calf Raises, 3 Sets, 10-12 Reps
  • Donkey Calf Raises, 3 Sets, 8-12 Reps


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