The John Meadows / Jay Cutler Workouts!


Are you curious how John Meadows and Jay Cutler train when they work out together? Do you want to know their secrets to building a great physique? Then you’ve come to the right place.

In this comprehensive guide I will show you exactly how John Meadows and Jay Cutler perform their bodybuilding workouts when they team up to train their chest and triceps.

John Meadows and Jay Cutler are both known for their high-volume training styles. Both of these bodybuilders like to perform 3-6 exercises per body part and train for the biggest pump possible in their muscles.

Here is a high-volume chest workout that these two legends performed together. Check it out:

Workout #1 Chest

  • Exercise #1: Hammer strength incline press, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #2: 30 degree incline DB press, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #3: Pec dec, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #4: Supine cable fly, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #5: V-bar dips, 4 sets of 8-12 reps

Here is the training video:

Jay Cutler was the one calling the shot for this workout. Jay says that he likes to perform 4-6 different exercises in his chest workouts. He says the key to pulling this off is to pace himself.

Jay doesn’t take too many sets to failure, and he almost always trains in the 8-12 rep range. Instead, he he gets better chest stimulation in this rep range, and his overall endurance throughout the workout, when he avoids the really low and really high reps.

“I still think that muscle fatigue should fall between that 8-12 rep range. Beyond failure, to me that’s absolutely pointless. Because this is our first exercise. If he’s already doing failure sets for 3-4 repetitions, you’re already dead.

I’m a 20 set guy. We’re doing 20 sets total for this workout. If you’re failing on the first exercise, maybe on the last set is OK, but if you’re going to do the volume, you can’t go to failure all the time.

If you want to go to failure I would suggest 1 set per exercise max.”

Jay likes to perform a variety of compound and isolation exercises in his chest workouts. One of his favorite chest isolation exercises is actually the supine cable fly.

Here is Jay Cutler talking about this underrated exercise:

“The cable fly is the most forgotten exercise because people are too lazy to bring the bench over to the cable station. What I like about any cable movement, what the misconception is cables are for finishing movements is bullshit.

You have that constant tension. With dumbbells and barbells, you have that point where you loose tension with momentum. With cables you don’t have that loss of tension with contraction. I always recommend cable exercises for the upper body.”

This chest workout video by John Meadows and Jay Cutler was so popular that they decided to team up again to train their triceps. Check it out:

Workout #2 Triceps

  • Exercise #1: Standing rope pushdowns, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #2: Machine dips, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #3: 30 degree incline DB extension, 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Exercise #4: One-arm cable pushdown, 4 sets of 8-12 reps

Here is the training video:

Once again it was Jay Cutler calling the shots in this workout. However, this workout is very similar to what John Meadows does in his own Mountain Dog tricep workouts.

Jay says that he never really liked training his arms. It just wasn’t as exciting for him as training his chest, back or legs.

“Arms was my least favorite body part to train. I never really challenged myself on arm training. We all have, I don’t consider myself an ego trainer, but I think when we train, we still like to challenge ourselves.

I know with arms, my problem with me, my arms were my hardest body part to build up. I had to learn, it wasn’t about how much weight i used for triceps or biceps, it seemed like it was more on focusing on contractions.

I believe arms, normally I would do 8-12 reps for most other body parts, I think arms is the 12-15 rep range, is how I always did it. It’s very repetitive so I get very bored with arm training.”

So how does Jay approach his triceps training? Jay Cutler almost always starts and finishes his triceps routine with a triceps pushdown variation.

He says cable pushdowns are great because they are very easy on your elbows and they help you establish a strong mind-muscle connection. 

“OK how can I isolate that body part, and not bring anything else in? This is almost an impossible thing. But I am still isolating that muscle as much as possible.”

In the middle of his triceps routines Jay likes to perform heavier mass-building exercises like dips, close grip bench presses and lying triceps extensions. This is similar to how John Meadows likes to approach his triceps training. 

In the end, John Meadows and Jay Cutler have a very similar training style. They both like to perform high-volume workouts where they get a huge pump and attack the target muscle group from many different angles.

If you are looking for a change of pace, then go ahead and give these chest and tricep routines a shot. They may be just what you need to take your training to the next level.

“I looked up to guys who could really take their training to another level. They would not leave the gym until they won. And that’s the mentality that I’ve always had. I’m not leaving this gym until I’ve put everything I’ve got into it!”

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best of luck on your strength training journey!

Dr. Mike Jansen, PT, DPT

What's going on! My name is Dr. Mike Jansen, I'm the creator of Revolutionary Program Design. If you want to take your training to the next level, then you've come to the right place... My goal is to make RPD the #1 strength training resource available anywhere in the world!

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