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.
If Cutler likes free-weight squats so much, why didn’t he do them for four years, from 1998 to 2002?
CUTLER’S ANSWER: The only reason I didn’t squat for years was because they make my thighs grow too much, and I wanted my upper body to catch up with my lower body. I started doing squats again when I began preparing for the 2003 Olympia. The last time I’d done them was 1998. Returning to free-weight squats has been a pleasure. I enjoy getting under the bar and pumping up some real weight. They’ve added more quad sweep, which I was known for early on when I first turned pro. Now that my torso has caught up, I’m able to really grow my lower body again. Squats have also hardened up my glutes and added more size to my hamstrings. Overall, squats added more muscle.
Which two of the following exercises does Cutler sometimes add to his quad routine?
A Adduction-machine squeezes
B Sissy squats
C One-leg presses
D Roman chair squats
CUTLER'S ANSWER: A and C. Before I started squatting again, I was doing one-leg presses and adduction machine work in every quad workout. I still use the adduction machine from time to time, but I have to be careful that my upper inner thighs [which this machine targets] don’t get too big. Now I’m more focused on my outer thighs. If I do one-leg presses, it’s to add some more detail. Again, these tend to hit the inner thighs more, which I’m not so focused on now. Doing leg presses one leg at a time takes a lot of the hips out of the movement. People don’t realize how much of their thigh power comes from their hips. You have to look for ways to minimize hip action in order to focus completely on your quads.
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