TRUE OR FALSE? Cutler does two types of lunges in his quad routine.
CUTLER’S ANSWER: TRUE. I do barbell and dumbbell lunges. I do these standing in the same spot and alternating legs each rep. I never do walking lunges. With lunges, I’m trying to step with a flat foot to put a lot of pressure on the thigh stretch. These help to bring out the detail in the quads. The differences between barbell and dumbbell lunges are slight, but I tend to feel barbell lunges a little more in my glutes. With the dumbbells, I get a deeper stretch, because the dumbbells hang at your sides and sort of drag you down. Dumbbell lunges are safer to bail out of, too, so it helps to do the barbell lunges first, when you have a little more strength and energy, and then switch to dumbbells.
In 100 words or less, how does Cutler place the focus of a lift on his outer thighs?
CUTLER’S ANSWER: I point my toes outward to throw stress to the outer sweep. I find this is also the most comfortable position for lifts such as hack squats and leg presses. Everyone has a position where he feels the tension on the quads the most, and that seems to be the best for me. You have to experiment a little with leg exercises, because subtle differences in positioning can make major differences in how the lifts affect you.
TRUE OR FALSE? Cutler doesn’t like front squats.
CUTLER’S ANSWER: FALSE. I love Smith machine front squats. I do them with a medium stance and my toes pointed outward. By doing so, I’m really trying to focus on the outer sweep. I do these very deep, as deep as I can go. The Smith machine allows you to position yourself underneath and take the glutes and hips out of it and really focus on your quads without worrying about balancing. Keep your feet directly under your torso. Putting them forward will only shift stress to the glutes. As with other types of squats, I like to flex at the top of each rep.