TRUE OR FALSE? Cutler once squatted 120 reps with 225 pounds, after which he fainted.
CUTLER’S ANSWER: FALSE. I don’t have any of those crazy stories. I’ve thrown up doing legs when I’ve gone really heavy, and I was regularly using seven plates per side [675 pounds] for repetition squats when I was just a teenager, but I never felt the need to break out of my routine to shock my legs. My routine when I was an amateur consisted of squats, leg presses, hack squats and leg extensions — the basics.
Fortunately, quads are one of those areas that stay with me. I don’t have to work very hard to get them to grow, and when I do work hard on them, they almost get too big.
Should beginners and intermediates try to copy Cutler’s exact routine?
CUTLER’S ANSWER: NO. Start with leg extensions to warm up your knees. Next, pyramid up in free-weight squats, but don’t go any lower than six reps. Anything less than six is pointless, unless you want to be a powerlifter and not a bodybuilder. The third lift should be leg presses. Three or four sets of each are enough for a beginner. Intermediates can add hack squats. Just stick to the basics, do full reps and push sets to failure. - FLEX