Cut Like Cutler: Jay Cutler's Big & Shredded Workout Program

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Written By: Team BPI
August 18th, 2015
Updated: May 25th, 2021
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Cut Like Cutler: Jay Cutler's Big & Shredded Workout Program
Get ready to pack on lean mass. Cut Like Cutler is Jay Cutler's 12-week transformation trainer designed to get you as big and lean as possible.
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Cut Like Cutler is no ordinary cut.

Would you expect anything less from 4x Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler?

Cut Like Cutler is a comprehensive program designed to get you bigger, stronger, and leaner through a 6 cycle, 12 week training curriculum. The training split was specifically designed for building muscle mass.

“Everyone wants to put on lean mass, but it can be difficult finding that balance to gain the size you want while maintaining - and not increasing - your body fat” - Jay Cutler

But this all-inclusive program is much more than just a workout program.

You'll get a nutrition program that will maximize your gains while keeping body fat low. Cutler has included a grocery list to simplify your shopping and a sample daily meal plan to help you stay on track.

To stay organized and for extra support, be sure to grab your free copy of the Cut Like Cutler Ebook.

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Cut Like Cutler Personal Trainers

Before you dive into the training, get to know your trainers! After all, these guys will be the ones coaching you through the next 12 weeks of intense training.

Jay Cutler

With the goal at a young age to be one of the largest bodybuilding competitors ever, Jay certainly achieved this by winning the coveted title of Mr. Olympia 4 different times, not to mention his other various wins in the IFBB. He is the first Mr. Olympia in history to reclaim the title after having competed as a title-holder and not winning. Keep an eye on Jay, though. He’s not slowing down anytime soon. Maybe a 5th Olympia title is in his near future!

Derek Roth

Now an NPC heavyweight bodybuilder, Derek started his fitness journey in 2008 when he realized it was time to make a change. Going from “fat to fit” as Derek states, he learned the ins and outs of weight lifting and nutrition to vastly improve his overall physique. In 2014 alone, he had placed 1st in 2 NPC Bodybuilding competitions and plans to keep competing in the future.

Jess Welna

Jess Welna is an account executive for Cutler Nutrition and a bodybuilding competitor. After several knee surgeries as a result of being heavily involved in athletics for a majority of his life, he knew he needed to do something different to motivate him after 4 months of being inactive. Jess spent a full year competing in multiple Men’s Physique competitions and fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding. Since then, Jess is focusing on competing in larger shows and hopes to motivate the masses along the way.

Cut Like Cutler Training Plan

Derek Roth breaks down the details of the 6 cycle, 12 week training plan in this brief training video.

You’ll notice that on Heavy days, as the weeks progress, your rep range actually decreases. This was done intentionally so you can focus on increasing your weight load for gradual strength building. On Moderate days, your rest periods become slightly shorter, but your rep range increases gradually over the 12 week period.

These pretty minor differences within your training split have been strategically structured to fine-tune your physique for extreme mass building and strength gains.

If you need guidance on any of the exercises, check out the exercise video pages for training videos demonstrating proper technique.

Ollie Bayley
Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2023 - 14:34

Hi I’m starting this programme Monday. However I’m pretty out of shape. And can’t do a dip or a pull up yet what can I do instead.

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Posted on: Sun, 07/23/2023 - 09:24

Hi, Ollie. Go with pushups and lat pulldowns. Hope this helps, and good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:20

Will i increase the weight each set or same
Weight each rep??

Posted on: Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:52

Is there any type of cardio during this program? And how many times per week for how long?

Posted on: Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:29


Posted on: Wed, 09/09/2015 - 22:35

I'm not sure if I missed it or not, but what does jay recommend for the macros for training versus non training days? I use my fitness pal on a daily.

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Posted on: Thu, 09/10/2015 - 09:32

Jay just mentions that he incorporates more carbs on training days. You could accomplish this by taking in some intra-workout carbs or by simply increasing the carbohydrate count in your postworkout meal.

Posted on: Fri, 09/04/2015 - 09:24

As the reps increase on the moderate days, should the weight decrease?

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Posted on: Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:17

That depends. For the most part I would say but obvious adjust as necessary depending upon technique. Your technique will dictate the weight, not the other way around.

Posted on: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 11:55

This program for beginners?? I found another program fot jay cutter in

Posted on: Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:07


Posted on: Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:41

Do cardio on the rest days.

Posted on: Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:36

Yea I was a little confused about this too, but the program isn't a true "cut" program. Through the hypertrophy-like lifting and the diet you'll be able to pack on clean muscle without really putting fat on like a bulking program. I'm sure you could add cardio at the end of each lift but I don't think they'd want you doing too much.

Posted on: Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:21

If you ever watch a cutler Dvd you will see he does 1hr cardio in the mornings and then hits the gym at night ....
so if you train in the morning then do cardio at night or as cutler does it if you train at night