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As many of your probably know, Mr. Olympia hopeful Jay Cutler has decided to take 2005 off from the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Contest. The following competitors will be competing at the show:
Jay Cutler in incredible form at the 2002 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Contest.
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At the 2004 show, I felt Jay's win could have gone any of two other ways: either to the bigger and fuller Chris Cormier, or the more shredded Dexter Jackson could have won it. If you look at that in another way, Jay was bigger than Dexter, while more shredded than Chris, and the judges gave the show to Jay, for his third straight win - perhaps because he had the best of both worlds. Bodybuilding Judging is often odd to me, and always controversial. If you think of the way the placings went at the 2003 Arnold Classic, you might be able to understand it: (1) Jay Cutler, (2) Chris Cormier, (3) Markus Ruhl, (4) Dexter Jackson. What we have is a top four consisting of (1) large and cut, (2)shapely and symmetrical, (3) large and cut, (4)shapely and symmetrical. In any event, the judging worked to Jay's favour, and he did quite well for himself, winning the top prize money and the car that came along with achieving first place at the show.
Jay has been doing show after show after show. I think at this point, his body needs a break, and Jay has decided to take that break during the 2005 Arnold Classic to focus on bringing in his best ever package to the 2005 Mr. Olympia.
Jay tried to get too shredded going into the 2004 Arnold Classic, but sacrificed too much muscle, and, in my opinion, had a very close victory, which he could easily have traded to either Dexter or Chris Cormier as I mentioned above. Even if Cutler did get a gift in 2004 (as some have said), it was certainly no bigger than the gift Ronnie Coleman got by beating him in 2001.
Jay wasn't off at the 2004 Arnold Classic, he just tried for a look that didn't work the way he had wanted. He intended to look as he did, I just don't think he realized it wasn't a look for him. Jay wanted to become as shredded as possible, and it sure turned out that way - even his glutes and lower back were shredded - areas which for Jay are normally softer than the rest of him. His abs were shredded as usual, but he sacrificed too much size for that result and his win was very narrow. Jay is a big man, and playing the size game has worked for him to get the competitve edge. Jay is short (although average height for bodybuilding - 5'9) and some (not me) would call him blocky. I just think he's short and has a massive bone structure which helps him carry plenty of size. He also knows what he's doing in terms of diet and cardio and consistently shows up in shape. Everything considered, although is has a fairly good shape to his physique, he is not a Flex Wheeler, so playing the size game is probably in his best interest (if history has taught us anything). If he does show, he should consistently place in the money at the biggest bodybuilding contests around.
Some say that Jay is taking time off from the 2005 Arnold Classic to win the 2005 Mr. Olympia. But I don't think Jay is doing the Mr. Olympia for that reason. The Mr. Olympia has been long considered the best bodybuilding show on earth, and it is all Jay has left to achieve in the world of competitive bodybuilding - to become Mr. Olympia and win a Sandow. I'm sure Jay would be ecstatic if he was crowned Mr. Olympia, but Jay is a businessman, and an extremely smart businessman at that. He took 2002 off from the Mr. Olympia because he knew winning the 2004 Arnold Classic would be in his financial best interest. This also allowed him more flexibility in guest posing and appearances during time he would otherwise be tied down due to dieting constraints. I do firmly believe that if Jay showed up at the 2002 Mr. Olympia Contest in the form he did at any of his 2002 or 2003 bodybuilding shows, he would have won it, since Ronnie came in off, weighing a light 245 pounds without the razor sharp conditioning he displayed at the previous outing where he was that weight (the 2001 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.
I think at this point in his career Jay knows that he will come second again for the fourth time in 2005 (to reigning champ Ronnie Coleman, Jay placed 2nd in 2001, 2003, and 2004, respectively) as long as Ronnie comes in big and hard as nails as he has for the past two shows. Jay is obviously taking a break now because he's tired and his body needs it - I don't believe it has anything to do with money or politics as some have speculated. And I also don't think he's taking the year off to prepare for the Mr. Olympia to win it - realistically, he will not be able to win it unless the judging changes in some dramatic way or Ronnie comes in off. Jay is aware that Coleman is unbeatable if he comes in on (and lately he has), so I doubt Jay is seeing visions of the Sandow at this point. It could be debated that Jay at his best is Ronnie's closest competiton. But regardless of this hypothetical "every bodybuilder at his best", the fact is, Jay is the closest other bodybuilder to Ronnie in terms of sheer size and ALWAYS comes in in condition - so as such, he (in practice) is Ronnie's closest competition, regardless of what could happen in theory. In theory, Paul Dillett could have been Ronnie's closest competition, but it isn't happening, so it's not worth discussing. Of the bodybuilders currently competing, Chris Cormier may be Ronnie's best competition if you take into account Chris' superior shape and symmetry, but how often does Chris come in in top form compared to Jay? They are both excellent bodybuilders, but as of late, Jay has been altogether the more consistent of the two. Chris could turn this around in 2005, since he is still as a good deal of time left in the sport, but only time will tell.
All in all, I wish Jay the best and hope he has a successful 2005!
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