“In My Best Shape”: 4x Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler Spilled Secrets on Maintaining Shredded Physique During His Prime

Published 01/27/2023, 1:45 PM EST

Jay Cutler found immense success during his competitive bodybuilding career. The four-time Mr. Olympia became the fan-favorite underdog who finally won the title against Ronnie Coleman in 2005. Over a decade later, fans tune into the Cutler Cast to listen to the bodybuilding icon. In the latest episode of his podcast, the former Mr. Olympia spoke about the upcoming Arnold Classic 2023 and revealed how he maintained a shredded physique while competing on stage himself.

For episode #62, the four-time Mr. Olympia winner sat with co-host Manager Matt. Renowned coach Milos Sarcev and bodybuilder Regan Grimes also joined them. While speaking about the competitors Nick Walker, Samson Dauda, and Shaun Clarida, Cutler talked about his competition history.

Did competing in back-to-back shows yield the best results for Jay Cutler?


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While speaking to his guests on Cutler Cast, the bodybuilder recalled placing second in the 2002 Mr. Olympia and winning the Arnold Classic in 2003. He had competed in two of the most prestigious shows in bodybuilding, back-to-back, and got the results he wanted. He also talked about the other times when he had competed in two or more shows.

“I was coming in my best shape when I did two contests a year,” Cutler said during the podcast. The Comeback Kid also skipped some competitions but said he hit his “best peaks” when competing twice a year. Cutler also revealed how he maintained his shredded physique for an extended time. He said it was “the continuation of the diet,” coupled with training.

Cutler recalled continuing his diet protocol after winning the Arnold Classic in 2003. While most bodybuilders pile on the calories after a contest, the former Mr. Olympia maintained his diet and workout protocol and came within touching distance of the Mr. Olympia title in 2004. In 2006, he would defeat Ronnie Coleman.


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The drastic change in the Arnold Classic 2023 lineup


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Shortly after Mr. Olympia 2022, top bodybuilders like People’s Champion title winner Nick Walker and fan favorites like Iain Valliere and Blessing Awodibu said they wouldn’t compete in the Arnold Classic. However, Walker changed his mind when the Arnold Sports Festival announced a $100,000 increase in the prize money.

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Big Ramy also announced he would compete shortly after the announcement. While the increased prize money might have convinced some, those like Iain Valliere haven’t changed their mind.


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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He has experience working as a freelance MMA writer for Sportskeeda.