On April 25, 2022, four-time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler posted new training footage to his YouTube channel from The Lift Factory Gym in Las Vegas, NV. JayCutlerTV producer David Bourlet accompanied him for the session, which included 13 different exercises targeting the delts, quads, and hamstrings. Afterward, the duo took a ride in the legendary bodybuilder’s new whip, the Tesla Plaid X electric vehicle. Check out the delts and leg session via the video below:
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Jay Cutler’s Delts, Calves, and Hamstrings Workout
Check out the details from Cutler’s workout session below:
Jay Cutler started the session with machine standing lateral raises to pre-exhaust the shoulder muscles. The bodybuilding legend moved over to the iso-lateral shoulder press, a compound mass and strength-building exercise with a 40-degree angled seat for stability and to prevent hyperextension of the spine.
Cutler threw in some bent-arm dumbbell lateral raises, incorporating a little “body English” (momentum) to overload the deltoids. A significant area of focus for the retired IFBB pro is the rear delts, for which he included two movements.
I’ve lost a lot of my rear delt size…a lot of it is because of the heavy rows that I used to do.
Cutler added some barbell front raises for the anterior delts and finished his shoulder training with the reverse pec deck and face pulls, using cables and a rope attachment to hit the critical muscles for posture.
Calves, Hamstrings, and Quads
Cutler is no slouch in the calves department. However, he still trains them with a few different movements, including the seated calf raise to pre-exhaust and get a good pump and the standing machine variation, where he uses a two-phase concentric technique.
It’s probably my favorite you’ll notice though the one, two movement on that so pay attention to that where I get that peak contraction.
Many athletes forgo direct hamstring training. However, the four-time Mr. Olympia understands the importance of utilizing a variety of movements for maximum growth and development. For example, while the hamstrings cross both the hip and knee joints, the short head of the biceps femoris (hamstring muscle) crosses the knee only.
In my early days of training…my hamstrings really lacked and I think a lot of it was just trying to get a contraction.
Therefore, it’s crucial to incorporate movements such as the lying hamstring curl and single-leg standing alternating curl. Both involve total knee flexion and allow Cutler to isolate each side. He also did a few sets of leg extensions for the quads and then knocked out some dumbbell stiff-leg deadlifts.
Train in a different gym, play different music, train with different training partners, switch up your routine, change the time you train.
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Jay Cutler’s Full Workout
Below are the exercises listed in the same order performed during the training session. Due to the video editing, we were not able to include the exact number of sets and reps performed for each movement. Although, Cutler did mention in the video that he performed three sets and twelve repetitions for a lot of the exercises.
- Standing Machine Lateral Raise
- Iso-Lateral Shoulder Press
- Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise
- Barbell Front Shoulder Raise
- Pec Deck Reverse Fly
- Cable Rope Face Pull
- Seated Calf Raise
- Standing Machine Calf Raise
- Plate-Loaded Lying Hamstring Curl
- Single-Leg Plate-Loaded Hamstring Curl
- Plate-Loaded Leg Extensions
- Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift
- Barbell Walking Lunges
Jay Cutler is currently following a one-day on, one-day off routine. His training has been “through the roof” when he makes it to the gym with such a busy schedule.
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