The Evolution of Jay Cutler's Training

Jay Cutler reflects on the workouts that made him a four-time Mr. Olympia.

 THE 200-POUND DUMBBELLS 

I remember a FLEX Chris Lund photo shoot where you were pressing the 200-pound dumbbells.

Chris goaded me on. He was like, “Greg Kovacs did it,” and in my mind I was like, “I can do those.” I’d done them before. I was fresh of the Nationals wins. There were only a few of us—me, Kovacs, Cormier—willing to try to do them.

I looked at the pictures and I was like, “Oh, man, this guy is going to hurt himself just getting them into position.”

Yeah, they were very awkward because they were very long. They used the 10-pound plates back then. Later they got smart and used the 12-pound plates, made ’em a little less elongated.

 HANY RAMBOD AND FST-7 

How did you team up with Hany Rambod and what differences did his FST-7 (Fascia Stretch Training) make to your physique?

I’d been friends with him for years. Hany was in the Ronnie Coleman camp, and then when Ronnie lost, we stayed in touch. We got to talking and, after I lost in 2008, everyone was kind of writing me of. People I thought were my supporters let me down. Hany was really the only one to reach out to me in the industry. He sincerely called me a month after the show to check on me, see if I was OK. He didn’t call saying he wanted to work with me. We decided to team up. FST-7 kind of worked with how I was training anyway—the high volume. It gave me something different for my body, helped keep my body fresh and made it rounder and rounder. Which was what my comeback in 2009 was about: the roundness when I dieted down. FST-7 seemed to work very well. I don’t train to that extreme now, but I used it up until the last show I did.

How important is it to have a trainer/nutritionist/guru these days?

For me, remember, I always had one. I had Chris in my corner, then Hany, then Chris again. I found the extra set of eyes always helped. I needed the help with my diet. I always stayed in decent condition, but to get that fine tuning with the amount of calories I had to take in there were a lot of adjustments I needed. If you asked Hany or Chris now who was the hardest guy to peak, they’d probably both still say me because of the amount of food I had to eat to be as big as I was. It was always about trying to find that balance between leaning out and not going flat. I was the guy who if I depleted on 400 grams of carbs a day I would get fat. Most people would dream of eating that much on a high-carb day. My metabolism is crazy. Of course, I had a fluid retention problem being as big as I was. I always stayed at a high body weight. I’d be 290 in great condition and pretty much diet down for the show from there.

 

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