Jay Cutler to try new approach to regaining the Olympia

by Allan Donnelly

December 29, 2008


In his attempt for Number Three, Jay Cutler is first turning to the number seven. As in fst-7, and trainer Hany Rambod.

“I felt I needed change,” Cutler said. “I began training with Hany’s 7s in the beginning of December. I want to emphasize my weaker bodyparts, and I felt since I was a volume trainer that the 7s would work best for me.”

Cutler decided change was necessary a few weeks after finishing second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Olympia, where he came up short of capturing his third straight Olympia win. Now, Cutler is looking to improve on the 2006 version of his physique, when he toppled eight-time Mr. O Ronnie Coleman to nab his first Sandow.

“I feel great,” Cutler said. “I am getting rounder, which is the goal. I’m in good shape anyway, but I look pretty full in areas where I am usually lacking.”

Rambod, who has been instrumental in the development of Cutler’s close friend Phil Heath, plans to work with Cutler a few times a month during what will be one of the most – if not the most – important offseason of Cutler’s career as the two-time Mr. Olympia attempts to make history by becoming the first competitor to regain the Sandow after losing it.

“We’re in the evaluating process right now, Jay will be coming up to see me in Northern California in the next few weeks,” Rambod said. “He had seen so many of my guys use it and make improvements. I think seeing (Ed) Nunn’s improvements from the USAs to the Nationals was the deciding factor for him.”

Although it won’t be routine partnership, Rambod sees Cutler and Heath training together on a more consistent basis leading up to the 2008 Olympia.

“I think (training together) is going to help them both,” Rambod said. “I think it will push Phil to be better. He looks up to Jay, but now he knows he has a chance of beating him so it’s a friendly rivalry. And I think Jay’s at his best when chasing. We have to try to utilize that. With him being open to different training styles, that’s a big step for Jay. I think it’s going to take him to the next level. He’s preparing farther ahead than he ever has.”