“Always Had Trouble Growing My Arms”: Jay Cutler, Who Once Tore His 23-Inch Bicep During His Prime, Opens up About His Weak Point

Published 06/27/2023, 10:49 AM EDT

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Four-time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler recently embarked on a nostalgic journey as he stumbled upon an old video showcasing his arm workout routine. Watching his younger self relentlessly pursue greatness, Cutler couldn’t help but be flooded with memories of his illustrious career.

Defined biceps and triceps are iconic representations of strength, power, and aesthetic appeal in bodybuilding. Jay Cutler’s awe-inspiring arms were not only a testament to his physical prowess but also a result of years of dedicated training, discipline, and unwavering commitment to his craft. But what most would be surprised to know is that Cutler’s arms were once his weak point, as he admitted in a recent TikTok video.

Jay Cutler takes a walk down the memory lane


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As Jay Cutler watched his old arm workout video, he went down memory lane as he pondered the grueling training sessions, the countless hours spent in the gym, and the sacrifices he made to achieve his goals. Amidst this, while reacting to his old clip, Cutler revealed that arms were in fact one of his weak points before becoming a Mr. Olympia. “The funny thing is I always had trouble growing my arms in the beginning,” revealed Cutler.

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Looking back, Cutler stated, “I miss those days of crazy pumps man…I mean I do one set in the gym, and it pumped like this…This is a total throwback right here. But the crazy part is this is like, 14 weeks 16 weeks out from the show. I was huge. I look back at how big I was…”


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Cutler’s determination regarding training needs no introduction. He participated in the 2011’s Mr. Olympia while recovering from a torn-bicep surgery. This is exactly why beyond the physical gains, Jay Cutler’s arm training held a deep mental and emotional significance. The discipline required to adhere to a strict workout routine, the mental fortitude to push through pain and fatigue, and the focus on incremental progress all contributed to his growth as an athlete. Arm training became a metaphor for his unwavering determination and resilience in the face of challenges.


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Giving some insights about his training regimen during his prime years, Cutler admitted that he never counted the reps while performing a set or an exercise. Moreover, he wasn’t too mad about adding more weight, either. His intent behind a good workout was to purely establish a good mind-muscle connection in order to shock the muscles and grow.

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Concluding the video, Cutler admitted, “What’s so funny is I don’t ever remember doing triple drop sets, but anything to really get that blood flowing.” 


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As Cutler reflected on his past, he not only celebrated the gains he made but also inspired others to strive for greatness in their own endeavors. Even after his retirement, Cutler’s daily content and nostalgic videos continue to inspire many people around the globe.



Written by:

Sarthak Khanna


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Simar Singh Wadhwa