The biography, life, and accomplishments of Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler is a four-time Mr. Olympia champion and one of the best known bodybuilders in the world. His approach to training and serious work ethic has translated outside of bodybuilding with his other ventures as he seeks to spread his knowledge to others.

Below is a complete breakdown of Jay Cutler’s profile, stats, biography, training, and diet regimens.

Full Name: Jay Cutler

Weight Height Date Of Birth
265-275 lbs. 5’9’’ 08/03/1973
Division Era Nationality
Men’s Open 1990, 2000, 2010 American

Jay Cutler
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Jay Cutler is an IFBB pro bodybuilder born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began working in his brother’s concrete pouring company at just 11 years old, and he credits the experience he gained there with developing his work ethic and desire to succeed at an early age.

In high school he excelled on the football team due to his natural size and strength, and decided to pursue bodybuilding after further developing his physique. In 1993, he graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice and in 1996 he earned his pro card after winning the Tournament of Champions.

Cutler relocated to California in 2000 to further his bodybuilding career, California was known for breeding bodybuilders, as they would train at the infamous Gold’s Gym. During the early 2000s, he signed endorsement deals with supplement brand MuscleTech and debuted his own line of athletic gear, Cutler Athletics. Throughout his career, Jay competed in dozens of competitions, winning nearly half of them or finishing in the top three.

For years, Jay had been gunning to take the Olympia title from the 8x champ, Ronnie Coleman, whom he had a longstanding rivalry with, and Jay did just that. The rivalry between these two was considered to be one of the greatest in bodybuilding, as Jay was always right on the heels of Ronnie.

Jay won the Mr. Olympia titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. A bicep injury prevented him from competing in the 2011 tournament and he officially retired from the sport in 2013. He now continues to run Cutler Nutrition and Cutler Athletics to spread his knowledge onto others so they too can see amazing results like he has.

Jay also is very popular on the social media platform, Tik Tok, for giving training tips and other videos of that nature. He also collaborates with various fitness influencers such as Jesse James West, and he has even made content with his former Olympia rival, Ronnie Coleman.

Jay Cutler
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When it comes to Jay Cutler’s training, he is known for his volume and intensity. Jay is more of a fan of higher repetitions and heavy weight.

Here is a breakdown of Jay’s training routines:

Monday: Triceps, Abs, Traps & Delts

  • Triceps Cable Extension: 4 sets, 15 reps
  • Single Arm Extensions: 3 sets, 15 reps
  • Close-Grip Bench Press: 3 sets, 8 reps
  • French Press: 3 sets, 8 reps
  • Dumbbell Kickbacks: 3 set, 12 reps
  • Abs Crunches: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Rope Crunch: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Leg Lifts: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Traps Shrugs: 4 sets, 12 reps
  • Delts Dumbbell Side Laterals: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Press: 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Side Lateral Cable: 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Front Raise with Olympic Bar: 2 sets, 10 reps
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Laterals: 3 sets, 10 reps

Tuesday: Back

  • Back Wide-Grip Pull-downs: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Bent Over Barbell Rows: 4 sets, 10 reps
  • Deadlifts: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Close-Grip T-Bar Row: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Behind-the-Neck Pull-Downs: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Seated Rows: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Hyperextensions: 3 sets, 10 reps

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Biceps, Chest & Abs

  • Abs Crunches: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Rope Crunch: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Leg Lifts: 3 sets, 10 reps

Friday: Quads

Saturday: Calves, Hamstrings & Abs

  • Hamstrings Lying Leg Curl: 6 sets, 12 reps
  • Romanian Deadlift: 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Single Leg Hamstring Curl: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Leg Press: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Ab Crunches: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Rope Crunch: 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise: 3 sets, 12 reps
  • Leg Lifts: 3 sets, 10 reps

Sunday: REST

As you can see, Jay rarely went under 12 repetitions per set, and utilized a lot of compound exercises. Jay also alternated between barbells and dumbbells for his exercises, so the muscles were always getting stimulated at different angles.

Jay Cutler
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Jay Cutler believes that you should include supplements into your on or off-season nutrition meal plan, as they are great for helping with recovery and progression, but diet is key. Eating a combination of carbohydrates and high-quality protein every 2-3 hours has been proven to be one of the most beneficial ways to increase lean muscle mass. Cutler tries to incorporate rice into his nutrition plan every day because of the benefits of complex carbohydrates which helps his strength when he hits the weights.

Meal 1

  • 15 Egg Whites
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 4 Slices of Ezekiel Toast
  • 1 cup of dry Ezekiel

Meal 2

  • 10 oz Steak
  • 2 cups of Rice

Meal 3

  • 10 oz Chicken
  • 4 Cups of Rice

Meal 4

  • 10 oz Buffalo Meat
  • 2 cups of Rice
Jay Cutler
Photo via @jaycutler Instagram


While Jay uses his own supplements of choice, it is important to know that supplements can help you see great gains and it just takes knowing which ones are the right ones as you look to achieve that.

Jay focuses on pre-workouts with natural ingredients that will provide energy and muscle pumps that help push through fatigue and see real muscle growth. At the end of his workouts, Jay is often seen taking a grass fed protein supplement to ensure growth, recovery and fulfilling his daily vital protein needs.

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Jay Cutler Bodybuilding Titles

Here is a look at some of the titles Jay Cutler won throughout his years as a competitor.

  • 1993 NPC Iron Bodies Invitational – Teenage & Men’s Middleweight
  • 1993 NPC Teen Nationals – Middleweight
  • 1995 NPC U.S. Tournament of Champions – Men’s Middleweight and Overall
  • 2000 IFBB Night of Champions
  • 2002 Arnold Classic
  • 2003 Arnold Classic
  • 2003 Ironman Pro Invitational
  • 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational
  • 2003 Dutch Grand Prix
  • 2003 British Grand Prix
  • 2004 Arnold Classic
  • 2006 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 2006 Romanian Grand Prix
  • 2006 Dutch Grand Prix
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia
  • 2009 Mr. Olympia
  • 2010 Mr. Olympia

Jay Cutler Wrap Up

Overall, Jay Cutler is one of the most iconic bodybuilders of all time. Taking home the Olympia title on 4 separate occasions, dethroning one of the greatest, and being known for his massive food intake and intense training, he still to this day looks like he could step on stage at any time.

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Dylan Wolf
I work mainly in content writing, focusing my free time on bodybuilding and strength sports. I was introduced to fitness in high school and after watching Generation Iron movies. I love to train. I have competed multiple times, even winning a junior title in classic physique. I have a bachelor's in criminal justice and business obtained through Alvernia University. When I am not focused on work or training, I enjoy watching films or reading about anything and everything.