Jay Cutler Ab Workout for Impressive & Shredded Abs

Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Published by Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: March 11, 2024
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You don’t become a four-time Mr. Olympia winner without having completely shredded abs that bulge into a six-pack, and that has always been a standout feature of Jay Cutler’s physique.

But as you grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain that ripped core.

So, I decided to take a closer look at what Jay has shared since he still has six-pack abs in his 50s.

Our team got together with a few other fitness and bodybuilding coaches to research interviews and training videos with Jay Cutler and test out a tough ab workout.

Jay Cutler Stats

  • Born: 3 August 1973
  • Height: 5’9”
  • Weight: 275 lbs
  • Waist: 34”
  • Chest: 58”

Jay Cutler’s Ab Workout Routine? 

Jay Cutler in bold text with Jay Cutler in the background flexing his abs

The ideal way to do these workouts is in giant sets, where you complete one set per exercise and step through each exercise.

Basically, aim to complete one set of each with only a short break between each set.

Then repeat the process four times, and you’ll start feeling muscles in places where most people don’t even know they exist.


Lie down flat on a quality exercise mat and raise your legs off the ground until they’re at about a 60-degree angle.

Make sure your legs remain straight, and lift your upper body off the ground and try to touch your feet.

When I first tried V-Ups, I found them challenging but effective.

Russian Twists

Holding a ball to do russian twists

Sit down on a mat and bend your knees to a right angle.

Then lift your feet off the ground and hold your hands together in front of your chest.

Now, twist to the right and touch the ground with both hands beside your buttocks.

Then twist to the left and touch the ground there.

To increase the intensity, gradually straighten your legs or hold a small medicine ball in your hands.

Hanging Leg Raises

Head to a recommended pull-up bar and let your body hang.

Then, raise your feet while keeping your knees straight until your legs are parallel to the floor. You’ll feel this strengthening your hip flexors as well, just like in the Jay Cutler leg workout.

To make this one tougher, try adding some ankle weights, and always push yourself to failure.

Bicycle Kicks

A person doing bicycle kicks at home

Start in the same position as with the Russian twists by sitting on a mat with your knees slightly bent.

Lean back a bit and raise your feet off the ground.

Now stretch one leg out at a time as if you were cycling, and feel how the strain switches from one side of your abs to the other.

Side Plank

And finally, let’s not forget to do an exercise for obliques.

Get into a side plank position on your elbow and hold it for as long as you can.

To make it a bit tougher, you can lower and raise your hips slowly or support your upper body on your hand rather than your elbow.

Related Article: Do Planks Burn Fat

What’s His Diet Plan?

Jay Cutler’s diet plan is all about maximizing calories and protein for mass.

That means he eats over 6,000 calories a day during planned bulking phases and gets about 40% to 50% of his calories from protein.

That would mean eating 55 ounces of chicken breast just to get all the protein.

According to a 2022 article published in Very Well Fit, Chicken breast is an excellent source of lean protein. That means most of the calories in chicken breast come from protein.

One 3-ounce (85g) serving of boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast contains 128 calories, 26 grams of protein, and 2.7 grams of fat with zero grams of carbohydrates [1].

Of course, he uses other protein rich food sources for muscle gain like meat and dairy as well, and obviously, supplements play an important role too.

“It’s consistency. Stay with it. You have to do this day in, day out. It becomes a lifestyle.”
Jay Cutler, bodybuilder

Does He Take Supplements?

Close up shot of supplements

Yes, Jay Cutler takes supplements. In fact, he has his own supplement company that makes everything from whey protein to highly rated BCAAs, and top krill oil.

The two most important ones for an ab workout like this are using a protein powder and pre-workouts.

The ingredients in the pre-workout will help boost your strength, energy, and muscle endurance to train just a bit harder.

According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pre-training supplements are multi-ingredient compositions, aimed usually at enhancing strength, shortening reaction time, and eliciting focus [2].

And a popular post workout drink to speed up your muscle recovery and bulking after each workout session, you need to deliver high-quality protein to ensure your body has all the nutrients needed.

Inspired by Jay Cutler, I too have integrated supplements into my routine. I've found that using protein powder and pre-workouts, just like Jay, significantly boosts my strength and endurance during workouts. This strategy has been pivotal in enhancing my training efficiency and recovery.


What Did Jay Cutler Do For Abs?

Jay Cutler did a lot of crunches, v-ups, and hanging leg raises for abs. He worked his abs multiple times a week and made sure he always pushed himself to failure.

Did Jay Cutler Train Abs Every Day?

No, Jay Cutler didn’t train his abs every day, but he did train them multiple times a week. Just like any other body part, you should avoid overtraining one area, as it’s not the most effective way to achieve results.


  1. https://www.verywellfit.com/how-many-calories-in-chicken-breast-3495665
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7664913/
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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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