Break Your Own Workout Rules

Jay Cutler keeps things fresh by switching up his routine regularly. These 5 easy swaps can help you reap the same rewards


In preparation for the 2004 Arnold Classic (which he won), Jay Cutler altered his routine drastically. “I’m not doing anything the way I did it before. I’ve changed everything,” said Cutler. The sport’s greatest advocate of volume training had dramatically reduced his workload and developed a pre-contest schedule that kept him up most of the night and napping thrice during the day.

Before the year was over, he reverted back to something closer to his usual regime, but his ’04 adventure illustrated his willingness to experiment. He’s never adopted a rule he’s not willing to break. Here, five of Cutler’s stay-sharp swaps that you can adopt, too: