James Edward Peña did his best to make the morning of Tuesday, June 19, 2007, the same as any other morning. He awoke, as always, at 4:45 a.m., had a cup of black coffee, read from his Bible and ate breakfast. This morning, however, couldn't help but be different. Jimmy, who holds the title of fitness director at Muscle & Fitness, ate four rice cakes, four potatoes and half the pizza left over from the night before instead of his usual two servings of oatmeal and 20 grams of whey protein powder. He had also spent the night in a hotel in Las Vegas, not his condominium in Los Angeles. And on this particular occasion, his Bible reading was specific to what he was to undertake that afternoon. 1 Samuel 17:49, the story of David and Goliath: And David put his hand in his bag, and took out a stone and slang it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead, then the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

Nor were the early morning hours of June 19 particularly eventful for Jay Cutler. He awoke in his 5,500-square-foot home in Las Vegas at 6 a.m., took his dogs outside, did cardio for 20 minutes and had breakfast. Nothing out of the ordinary.

But then again, the only thing special about this particular Tuesday for Jay compared to any other day he would encounter in the next 14 weeks was a training session and photo shoot with m&f. The idea of the story was for an average Joe to train with the world's best bodybuilder and have a miserable experience: to vomit midworkout, to quit the session early, to more or less have Jay mop the floor with his poor, exhausted body.

Only Jimmy, who circled the date on his calendar months in advance, would prove to be no average Joe. He had prepared himself both physically and mentally for the potential onslaught in the weeks leading up to the workout, not to mention he had been training intensely for 17 years now.

m&f shoots aside, Jay had an important date of his own circled on his calendar: Sept. 29, 2007, the day that he will, for the first time, defend his title as Mr. Olympia. He had placed second to Ronnie Coleman four out of five years before finally breaking through and winning in 2006.

Jay planned to compete in the Mr. O at a bodyweight of around 270 pounds. Fourteen weeks out, he was on track to achieve that, weighing 295 pounds on the day of the shoot.

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