Bodybuilding Giant, Jay Cutler, Once Revealed He Didn’t Want To Be Big, but There Was No Other Way To Beat Ronnie Coleman

Published 10/20/2022, 11:45 AM EDT

Jay Cutler, the four-time Mr. Olympia, is the embodiment of perseverance. He rightly understood that nobody generally remembers the runner-up. Also, for most, coming second is equivalent to losing. Not giving up on his morale, he fought harder every time he stood second or rather an inch closer to clinching the title. The four-time Mr. Olympia is also the four-time runner-up, losing the title to the legend, Ronnie Coleman.

Coleman was not easy to compete with. He is widely recognized for his massive size and powerlifting. Between 2001 and 2005, while ‘The King’ claimed the Mr. Olympia title Cutler was ending up in second place consistently.


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However, from the resounding victory of Cutler in 2006, one can say that Coleman’s winning streak gave him all the more reason to figure out how to win. In a 2017 interview, he opened up on the way he chose to give his second place a break by building a massive body.

Jay Cutler fought it big to defeat ‘The King’

Talking about his enormous size, Cutler shared that people would ask him why he wanted to be that big. He replied that he wanted to be big because “I want to be competitive.” However, he clarified that he didn’t desire the size when he stated, “It wasn’t my goal.

To give a tough fight to the then reigning champion, Coleman, he had no choice but to build a mammoth-sized body. He said, “My goal is to beat Ronnie Coleman and I knew I had to beat them big to beat them.”


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According to Cutler, bodybuilding is an art. He said, “Ideally we’re trying to put a physique together that’s complete- the condition, the shape, the symmetry. All those things build a perfect sculpture.” Bodybuilding is called a sport, hobby, or career, but Cutler believes the best term to define bodybuilders is “artists.”

The memorable winning moment for Cutler


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Jay Cutler perceived the moment in two ways. In his words, it was one of the greatest moments in the sport’s history, and would probably be recognized more in the years to come. By winning the 2006 Mr. Olympia title, he deprived Ronnie of creating history with a record 9th title.

Although Cutler was sad about Ronnie, whom he considers to be the greatest of all time, he recounted the moment with pride. He said that it took him two weeks to realize that it happened and it was more special “To do it in my home town of Vegas, and have everyone behind me…” 


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Ramya Bachu

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Ramya Bachu is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. Ramya has a Master’s degree in Psychology. She strongly believes in the power of discipline, consistency, and willingness to learn to achieve greater heights.

Edited By: Rupak Kumar Jha