All you need to know about Jay Cutler in our Bodybuilder Hall of Fame



Jay Cutler is somebody who has more than earned his place in the bodybuilding hall of fame. For much of the 2000s, he has been one of the most recognisable faces on the professional circuit, having won a number of titles in recent years. And after visiting us last year and helping to inspire many of our members here at Ultimate Fitness Birmingham, we decided to take a better look into his long and illustrious career.

The beginnings of a champ

At the age of just 11, Jay Cutler started work at his brother’s concrete pouring company. This job proved demanding both physically and mentally, and he credits this time with helping him to forge the discipline necessary for his future success. He first started weight training at the age of 18 when at his high school in Massachusetts. He was also able to build up his size and strength through playing American Football.

He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1993 at the age of 20. Up until that point, his aim had been to start a career as a Corrections Officer at a nearby maximum security prison.
Though he had been lifting for a few years, he made the decision to start competing in the world of professional bodybuilding after meeting Marcos Rodriguez, a top class personal trainer.

Though he came 2nd at the 1992 Gold’s Gym Worcester Bodybuilding Championships, Cutler’s first serious win came in 1993 at the Iron Bodies Invitational. For the rest of the 1990s, Cutler continued to train with fanatic determination, until he knew he would finally be ready to compete at the highest echelons of the bodybuilding circuit.

It takes incredible discipline and commitment in order to achieve the body necessary to win at such levels, and Jay really took things to a whole nother level. In contest season, he would frequently workout for more than 4 hours a day. He also undertook an incredibly strict dieting regime that saw him eating up to 12 meals a day, often requiring him to get up in the middle of the night.

The world of Mr Olympia

He entered his first Mr Olympia competition in 1999 where he placed 14th. Not bad for someone just starting out. But after that, he would never again place so low in the rankings. He instead went on to have one of the most impressive Mr Olympia careers ever seen. He came in 8th in 2000 and then 2nd in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Each time, narrowly losing out on the title to Ronnie Coleman. He then went on to win the title in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He would have had a clear 5 streak win if it hadn’t been for Dexter Jackson winning in 2008. However, his comeback victories of 2009 and 2010 are still considered some of the best in history.

It also makes him the only Mr Olympia winner to reclaim their title after having competed as the title holder and not won. Having won 4 Mr Olympia titles also places him 6th in terms of the most Mr Olympia wins.

Other notable accomplishments

In 2003, 2004 and 2005, Jay Cutler won the Arnold Classic three times in a row, making this the perfect pre-requisite to his incredible upcoming success in Mr Olympia. He also won both the 2003 Dutch Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix. In 2006 he won the Austrian Grand Prix, Romanian Grand Prix and Dutch Grand Prix once again.

What is Jay Cutler up to now?

Jay Cutler officially retired from bodybuilding in 2013, after having remained in the circuit up until this point. He suffered a severe bicep injury in 2011 which massively dampened his ability to compete at the level he was accustomed to. Outside of professional bodybuilding, Jay Cutler has achieved tremendous success in a number of other ventures.

In the early 2000s, just when he was starting to achieve some notability, he launched a fashion brand, Cutler Athletics. Trough this, he sold a variety of different garments, and the company has achieved a massive following on social media in recent years. He continues to sell Cutler Athletics products through his personal website.

Here, you’ll find that he also offers a number of online training courses, designed for those looking to learn his secrets of success developed over the years. He has also worked with a number of very high profile supplement and nutritional companies, such as Muscle Tech. He continues to be very active in the bodybuilding community, making appearances and giving speeches at events all over the world.

In 2018, he hosted an exclusive session for members here at Ultimate Fitness Birmingham. Those who were fortunate to get tickets were able to engage with Jay in a close and informal setting, gaining direct access to his training routines and getting answers to their own very specific questions.


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