Keeping Fit at Almost 50, Bodybuilding Sensation Jay Cutler Spills the Beans on the ‘Ultimate Back Builder’ With the Most Common Gym Equipment

Published 07/06/2023, 10:45 AM EDT

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Jay Cutler, the renowned bodybuilding sensation, has long been admired for his incredible physique and dedication to fitness. Even as he approaches the age of 50, Cutler continues to inspire and educate fitness enthusiasts worldwide. In his recent YouTube video, he divulges the secrets behind building an impressive back.

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A strong back not only enhances the overall physique but also improves posture, promotes balanced muscle development, and contributes to functional strength. A wide V-taper back, characterized by broad shoulders and a narrow waist, is a hallmark of an aesthetically pleasing physique. Let’s take a look at the most common gym equipment, according to Cutler, that can help you build an ‘ultimate back.’

What is the one ultimate back builder, according to Cutler?

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Jay Cutler places a significant emphasis on pull-ups as the ultimate exercise for building an impressive back. Pullups engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, including the latissimus dorsi (lats), rhomboids, traps, rear deltoids, and biceps. This compound movement activates a vast range of muscles, leading to overall back development and strength. In a YouTube short posted by Cutler, he revealed, “I would say the ultimate back builder…you want to build crazy wide lats, you’ve got to stick to your pull-ups whether it’s body weight or adding some weight to your body depends how heavy you are.”

Cutler continued by stating, “There’s nothing that replaces a standard pull-up. You see all the wide backs all that V-Taper…it comes from a wide pull-down movement and that is best on a pull-up bar…not to say the pull-downs on a machine don’t work, but try to stick to the basics and do your pull-ups in your routine.” 

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“Just make sure you focus on at least 10 repetitions. I know it gets a little heavy sometimes, especially just after a set, but remember the repetitions are gonna get the growth,” concluded Cutler. Apart from this, Cutler has shared a few of his other favorite back movements as well previously. Let’s take a look at what he prescribes to get a thick and dense back. 

Cutler discloses two pro tips to improve back development:

A while ago, Cutler mentioned in his Instagram story about his back workout of the day. He wrote, “#1 Rack Pulls and Deadlifts, To get that really dense, thick slack of muscles across your back rack pulls and deadlifts are awesome – you can get really strong on these and overload the back muscles. Using a combination of both is a great idea because each exercise provides a slightly different stimulus.”

 

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Cutler wrote in his 2nd pro tip saying, “Bent over rows. Bent over rows are the king of adding thickness to the back. I am a huge fan of this exercise. Make sure your shoulders are always pushed backward and you drive back with your elbows by your side”.

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With Jay Cutler’s wisdom and insights, aspiring fitness enthusiasts can embark on their journey to develop an impressive back and achieve the coveted V-taper physique.

 

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Sarthak Khanna

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