These are Jay Cutler’s 4 Best Chest Building Exercises

On April 30, 2022, four-time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler are YouTube viewers with an intense workout for chest, biceps and calves. The bodybuilding legend revealed his top four best chest exercises for mass building.

Cutler recounted his entire workout as he got a 20-minute cardio session on a stationary bike outside the Eighty Degree Fit Club LV gym in Las Vegas, NV. Watch the detailed training session via the video below. Cutler beats exercises on the machines, with free weights, using dumbbells and cables:

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Before training, Cutler swallowed a serving of his pump and pre-workout supplements and it was time to get to work.

Training calves

While many gym goers don’t train the calves at all, Cutler prioritizes chest days and likes to get a good pump before working out his upper body.

Machine raising standing calf and raising sitting calf

Cutler launched his training session with standing calf raises using the machine variant where the shoulders and traps support the weight. The calves are made up of two main muscles: gastrocnemius and soleus. There is a common belief that standing calf exercises involve more of the greater gastrocnemius due to its anatomy and function in the lower leg.

Cutler prefers a faster tempo and a “one-two move” to get a full calf contraction at the top of each rep. He started with two “feel” sets to warm up, then slammed into his calves with four working sets in the 10 to 12 rep range.

To make sure Cutler fully stimulates his calves, he incorporated three to four sets of seated calf raises. The IFBB legend would rather have used the ass-raising machine if the gym had one. Seated variations are believed to involve more of the smaller soleus calf muscle located below the gastrocnemius. Cutler worked up his weight and performed three sets of 10 to 12 reps each.

chest workout

Cutler Shares His Top Four Muscle Building Chest Exercises† Here they are below:

Incline Hammer Strength Machine Chest Press

Cutler likes to kick off his chest workout with the beloved Hammer Strength incline press machine.

I just feel it better, especially at my age, to get the body warm.

The ergonomic handles and upright position are some of the benefits of using this breast machine. Cutler started with two 45lb weight plates on each side and increased this to three for a top set. The number of sets performed was not mentioned.

Dumbbell Chest Press

Cutler prefers to use dumbbells for his free weight press moves because of a slight imbalance in strength between his left and right sides. Unilateral exercises — in which the limbs move separately — are great for identifying and correcting this problem or preventing it from worsening.

Favorite exercise, if you ask me what is the best exercise to grow your chest, is the seated supine flat dumbbell press.

Cutler did his first set with the 70-pound dumbbells, then moved on to the 80 and 85-pound dumbbells for a total of three sets.

Cable Standing Flye

It seems there isn’t a bodybuilder on earth who doesn’t include some flying in their chest workout, and the four-time Mr. O is not an expectation.

I’m not coming down too much, I’m coming out.

At the beginning of the video, Cutler referred to this workout as one of his “contractual volume” days, and flying allows him to get the tightest contraction in the chest.

Some call it a finisher move, I disagree, I think it could really be a mass move as well.

For those who think the cable fly is only suitable as a warm-up or to sculpt the pecs, Jay Cutler thinks otherwise. For this exercise, three sets of 10 repetitions were performed.

Halter Flye

Cutler likes the dumbbell flye variation to emphasize the lower and outer chest. The Massachusetts native keeps his back arched and chest up to accentuate the contraction of his pectoral muscles. He stuck with a modest pair of 50-pound dumbbells and knocked out three sets.

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Biceps workout

While Cutler included arm days during his years as a competitive bodybuilder, the legend now combines biceps with chest and triceps with shoulders.

One Arm Machine Biceps Curls

The next move was machine curl training, arm by arm. Cutler adjusted the machine so that the elbow and shoulder were equal. He feels a better contraction of the biceps by looking in the opposite direction of the working arm† He did three sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Standing Biceps Curls with Thick Grip EZ Curl Bar

Cutler picked up a thick-grip EZ curling iron that looks like a caveman would use it — it was very thick.

I don’t like curls with a thin bar.

Cutler prefers the thicker EZ curl bars over a standard, even if it means less weight. The three-time winner of Arnold Classic (2002-04) didn’t use the perfect form as he stated, but who is going to criticize one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. He completed four sets.

Seated Cable Curl and Standing Alternate Dumbbell Hammer Curl

Cutler made his way through the weight room and landed on the cable machine, then attached an EZ curl bar and leaned back to properly stretch as he performed each rep. He completed three sets of 12 reps.

To get that thickness off the sides of your arms it’s a good exercise, it goes all the way down your forearm.

For the final biceps exercise and to round out the training session, Cutler did three sets of alternating hammer-hold curls. He likes to mix it up with this exercise, such as the two-armed or cable rope varieties. He does them every other week to inflate his bi and forearms.

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Jay Cutler’s Chest, Biceps, and Calves Workout

Below we have listed all the exercises in the exact order they were performed by Cutler during his training session. Due to the details provided in the video, we were unable to include the number of sets and reps for all moves.

  • Machine standing calf raise: 4 sets x 10-12 reps
  • Machine seated calf raise: 3 sets x 10-12 reps
  • Incline Hammer Strength Machine Chest Press
  • Dumbbells Chest Press: 3 sets
  • Cable Standing Flye: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Flye: 3 sets
  • Machine Biceps Curl: 3 sets x 10-15 reps
  • Standing Biceps Curl: 4 sets
  • Seated Cable Curl: 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Alternate Hammer Curl: 3 Sets

Cutler is still hitting the gym at age 48. The former elite athlete continues to challenge himself in the gym, and his physique remains impressive even after nearly 10 years of retirement from competitive bodybuilding.

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