Weekend At Jay's
What's it like being the best bodybuilder on the planet? In this two-part exclusive, FLEX spends two days with Jay Cutler on his home turf.
It's 9 o'clock in the morning on Friday, October 27, four weeks after the 2006 Olympia, and when Jay Cutler answers the door to his home on Tesoro Drive wearing a black "Team MuscleTech" tank top, he looks as if he could be ready to step onstage again in less than half that time.
"Hey guys," Cutler says to me, FLEX creative director Chris Hobrecker and FLEX photographer Terry Goodlad above the noise of his three barking dogs, "Come on in."
Cutler's place in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, is a sprawling, open 3,500-square-foot, one-story ranch-style home. "I don't like stairs," Cutler says. It's where Cutler and his wife, Kerry, have lived since moving from Orange County, California, in 2002, the year Cutler skipped the Olympia in order to focus on winning his first Arnold Classic, a contest he ended up winning three consecutive times.
The tour of the Cutler home begins in the dining room, where, laid out on the table, there are collages of pictures glued to three rectangular posterboards, remnants of the post-Olympia party the Cutlers held a few weeks after Jay's win.
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View More Pics From The 2006 Olympia Here.
Each charts a phase of Cutler's career, from his first national-level contest as a 19-year-old phenom from Worcester, Massachusetts, competing in the NPC Teen Nationals, to his most recent, the 2006 O. The writing along the top of each reads:
A DREAM STARTED HERE... Until Landing Here.
Mr. Olympia 2006!"
Cutler points out a few pictures, taking the time to talk about the when and where of each. Alongside is a signed certificate from the House of Representatives of Massachusetts congratulating him on his Olympia win, along with a newspaper article about the win from his hometown newspaper, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Against the wall behind him is a mirrored china cabinet, housing Cutler's three crystal challises from his three wins at the Arnold. Cutler grabs one and turns it toward the camera, then nods over his left shoulder.
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"That couch over there," he says, pointing to the living room sofa, which sits across the room from his 65-inch Mitsubishi plasma screen TV, and the three surrounding 27-inch screens, he had mounted into the wall. "That's where I slept for four months getting ready for the 2004 Arnold Classic. I would wake up and do cardio in the middle of the night. I slept out here because I didn't want to wake Kerry."
He adds with a grin, "You can still see the indentation from my @ss."
Done in the living room, we follow Cutler into the bedroom. On the mantle, out in front, sits the Sandow, behind it his three Arnold Classic trophies. "I dragged the first one home on the plane," Cutler says of the surprisingly heavy and large Arnold Classic trophies, "and after that I said, 'never again.' I shipped the next two."
Like a proud father, he shifts his gaze to the Sandow. He pauses, but says nothing, giving the impression that, at this time, words need not be applied. Then he turns and leads us into the bedroom's walk-in closet.
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Jay & The Sandow.
View More Pics From The 2006 Olympia Finals Here.
For the rest of Cutler's day, and all the photos to go along with it, pick up the March 2007 issue, on newsstands February 13.