legend of bodybuilding cutler jay recently joined Jesse James West for a chest workout. Cutler is a 4-time Mr. Olympia winner and is considered one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. The 49-year-old fulfilled his Olympic dream by dethroning legend and fierce rival, Ronnie Colemanat the 2006 Olympia. After winning the competition in 2007, 2009 and 2010, he retired in 2013 after a sixth-place finish.
Cutler has transitioned well into the social media age and remains one of the most recognized bodybuilders of his era. Although significantly reduced, the bodybuilding legend retains an enviable physique at 49 and keep training hard. He has also become a leading voice in the sport of bodybuilding with his Cutler Cast podcast, where he previously open about his steroid cycle.
Cutler recently joined West for an exhausting chest workout. West is one of the most entertaining fitness influencers and has over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube. He is known for distrust with different training methods and fitness trends. Additionally, he partners with notable athletes and celebrities for his videos. His bodybuilding contest debut is in eight days (It does not mention the date or the name of the event), and he invited Cutler to spar with him in order to benefit from his expertise. West posted the video of this session on his YouTube channel.
Jay Cutler and Jesse James West Get Chest Workout
machine chest press
Cutler and West started the workout with the machine chest press to activate the sternal pectoral heads. The duo didn’t use heavy weights for this exercise and did a few warm-up sets.
While talking about getting ready for the competition, Jay advised West to use the mirror as a friend at this point in his preparation for the competition and to practice posing between sets.
“I would do (posing) 30 minutes a day because that’s also going to help you condition…” Cutler added.
High Cable Crossover
This movement was the second warm-up exercise of the day. The high cable crossover is a compound movement that works the chest, triceps, and shoulders and helps build upper body strength and muscle mass. Cutler and West performed a few sets to get the blood flowing before moving on to heavy sets.
Incline dumbbell press
After working out with the machines in the first two exercises, the legendary bodybuilder and his “chic” counterpart took to free weights with the incline dumbbell press. This is a great move for working the upper pecs. Cutler started the first set with 75-pound dumbbells. Asked about the heaviest weight he’s ever lifted on the incline chest press, Cutler said he hit around 200 pounds in each hand at the height of his bodybuilding career. Between rounds, Cutler summed up his training philosophy in one sentence:
“Every workout is different. So I’m not a manual. I just go by the feel.
Training spontaneously without a concrete plan can seem strange, especially for a world champion bodybuilder. However, Cutler is one of the few bodybuilding legends to have escaped serious injury throughout his career and left the sport relatively unscathed. This can be attributed to his habit of listening to his body and readjusting accordingly.
Incline dumbbell press
This move served as a finisher for the chest workout. For advanced bodybuilders, the barbell is a preferred choice for the incline press because weight increases can be gradual with bars and plates. On the other hand, dumbbells usually come in five pound increments for heavier weights.
While having a casual chat with West between sets, Cutler said that if he could turn back time and change something, he would compete in Olympia 2002. After a second place at Olympia 2001Cutler took time off and sat out in 2002. However, he feels Coleman looked beatable that year and Cutler could have ended his winning streak had he competed.
“I finished second in 2001, and Ronnie came in 2002, he’s a lot smaller. It feels like a missed opportunity, maybe because I kind of had it on the ropes in 2001,” Cutler said.
The duo completed a few sets of this exercise and wrapped up the workout as Jay guided West through the correct pose techniques.
Cutler and West Chest Workout
Overall, the workout included:
Prior to training with four-time Mr. Olympia champion West collaborated with Ronnie Coleman for a workout. The combined advice from the two bodybuilding legends is sure to add a lot of value to West’s training. It will be interesting to see how he behaves when he takes the stage.
You can watch the full workout video here, courtesy of Jesse James West’s YouTube channel: