News: Mr. Olympia visits the Combat Center
Story by Cpl. Kate Seiler
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Four time Mr. Olympia winner, Jay Cutler visited Marines Aug. 27 at the Main Exchange to show his appreciation for military service members. Marines, civilians and international military members stood in line for a chance to meet a world-renowned bodybuilder who has inspired them for more than 20 years.
Cutler won numerous competitions to include Dutch Grand Prix, Arnold Classic and the Ironman Pro Invitational.
“Besides all the medals and titles, there comes a point to where you reach such an elite status that you look for more things to give you motivation and letters from these guys, their stories … those motivate me.”
His promotional appearance was held in front of GNC at the exchange. For two and a half hours, Cutler signed autographs, shook hands, posed for pictures, and even held babies. His gracious attitude was well received by the patrons.
“Have confidence in yourself and believe in yourself,” said Cutler.
The Marines waited to meet their muscle icon and grab some advice on how he excels at bodybuilding. Cutlers demeanor was welcoming and he was full of gratitude for all the Marines do for their country. Some Marines asked how he got started in the gym and what kept him from quitting when it got rough.
“I started out as an 18-year-old,” said Cutler. “I started competing and the crowd’s reaction is what kept me going.”
Cutler won his first title in 1993, National Physique Committee Iron Bodies Invitational – Teenage & Men's Middleweight and his first Arnold Classic in 2003. He shot up through the ranks to win his first Mr. Olympia in 2006 succeeded by three more Mr. Olympia titles in the same decade.
The Combat Center patrons that attended were excited and were very grateful that he took the time to show his appreciation for the service members that defend this country.