Is Jay Cutler On Steroids or Natural? (Mr. Olympia Revealed)

Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Published by Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: May 10, 2024
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Jay Cutler has displayed incredible muscularity and weight gain throughout his bodybuilding career, leading many of my clients to speculate that he is on steroids.

As an athletic trainer, I decided to thoroughly research Jay Cutler's bodybuilding career and transformation to clear doubts about the bodybuilder's natural form.

So, If you're wondering whether the muscular frame of the three-time Arnold Classic winner has remained consistent all through his bodybuilding career without the use of prohibited drugs, keep reading as I discuss the findings of my research.

Let's begin.

Does Jay Cutler Use Steroids?

Jay Cutler might be using steroids because he has gained so much weight throughout his bodybuilding career and has sculpted his physique with great muscle mass and very little fat.


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By the time he was 15, Jay had an excellent physical structure, as evidenced by old photos of him working for his family's construction business.

A study from the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that people with prominent bone structures tend to gain muscle mass, have higher T levels, and respond better to training [1].

Jay Cutler may have the genetic advantage of gaining more muscles and responding to training, but gaining 100 pounds of fat-free muscle mass over his ideal weight may seem unnatural for a man of average height.

Jay Cutler’s Current Stats

  • Age: 50 years old (Born: August 3, 1973)
  • Height: 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
  • Weight: 270 - 290 lbs (122.5 - 131.5 kg)
  • Body Fat Percentage: Approximately 4 percent
  • Chest: 58 inches
  • Waist: 34 inches
  • Arms: 22 inches

Why Do People Think Jay Cutler Uses Steroids?

man with chest muscles

Jay Cutler's physique shows signs of potential PED use, including prominent veins, rapid muscular growth, and a very low-fat percentage.

Extreme Vascularity

Although it is normal for bodybuilders to have visible veins during and after rigorous training, research from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has also found that PEDs can dilate veins and cause them to pop out even during rest [2].

Additionally, a study from NLM shows that hypertension may play a vital role in explaining the development and occurrences of extreme vascularity [3].

"The results provide scientific evidence that anabolic steroids cause systolic blood pressure increase and hypertension that may be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease."

- Jon Bjarke Rasmussen, MD, Internal Medicine, Copenhagen University

When I was looking through Jay's social media posts, I noticed photos of him spending his day off from training with extensive veins in his upper body, which suggest possible PED use.

Rapid Lean Muscle Growth

At the age of 15, Jay demonstrated remarkable newbie gains. He significantly increased his weight and muscle mass over four years of intense training, qualifying him to battle in the National Physique Committee (NPC) and win the 1993 Teen National Championship at 19.

Furthermore, Jay Cutler's upper body muscles have grown more over the years and have developed into a very well-defined lean mass at 23, suggesting that he might have run an anabolic cycle.

Low Body Fat Percentage

Low body fat may indicate anabolic drug use because exogenous testosterone can increase muscle mass while reducing fat storage.

A 1995 study from NLM found that steroid users had a higher fat-free mass index (FFMI) than nonusers, implying that FFMI may be a helpful screening tool for possible drug use [4].

In my research, I found that Jay's workout continued to develop incredibly, especially in his arms, after ten to twenty years, lowering his body fat percentage to 4 percent.

Jay Cutler's Body Transformation

Jay Cutler showing his muscles

We found in one of Jay's interview on one of his social media sites, he achieved his body transformation by consuming roughly 6000 calories per day of protein and complex carbohydrate-rich foods.

Additionally, his high-volume training routine and six to eight hours of sleep per night have helped him to shape up for competitions such as the Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia, where he four times finished second to the legendary Ronnie Coleman.

Indeed, proper nutrition, rigorous workouts, and a healthy lifestyle all contribute to muscle growth and recovery.

However, you can also hasten your progress by using a bulking stack based on natural and legal compounds that work to increase your T levels without the harmful side effects associated with running an anabolic cycle.

Health Risks and Side Effects of Taking Steroid

Long-term steroid use poses significant health risks and side effects.

  • It can lead to cardiovascular issues, including heart attacks and strokes, due to increased cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Liver damage or liver tumors are also risks, along with kidney problems.
  • Men may experience testicular shrinkage, reduced sperm count, and infertility, while women might face menstrual irregularities and deepened voice.
  • Both genders are at risk of severe acne, hair loss, and aggressive behaviors.
  • Psychological effects include mood swings and depression.
  • Additionally, there's an increased risk of tendon rupture and osteoporosis.


Did Jay Cutler Openly Admit To Taking Steroids?

In one of his past interviews, Jay Cutler openly admitted that PEDs are used in bodybuilding and that every bodybuilder is looking for a competitive edge.

Also, when he says that he is the best at bodybuilding because of his advantage, it could imply that he uses PEDs as part of his routine.

What Supplements Did Jay Cutler Take?

Jay Cutler incorporated supplements like whey protein, BCAAs, pre-workout formulas, creatine, and multivitamins into his regimen to support muscle growth, recovery, and overall nutritional balance essential for his intense training and bodybuilding goals.

Was Jay Cutler Banned For Using Steroids?

Jay Cutler has never been banned for using PEDs. He has won several championship titles throughout over 40 competitions and has never been caught or tested positive for prohibited substances.

Is Jay Cutler’s Creatine Good?

Yes, Jay Cutler's creatine is well-regarded for its quality and effectiveness, offering enhanced muscle growth, improved strength, and quicker recovery, making it a popular choice among athletes and bodybuilders for its reliable performance and results.


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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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