Arthur Jones (inventor)

Arthur Jones (Inventor)

Arthur Jones (inventor)

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Arthur Allen Jones (November 22, 1926 – August 28, 2007) was the founder of Nautilus, Inc. and MedX, Inc. and the inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines, including the Nautilus pullover, which was first sold in 1970. He was born in Arkansas, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma.


Jones' ideas helped move the public's notion of bodybuilding and strength-training exercise away from the Arnold Schwarzenegger school of training, which involved hours in the gym using free weights, to High Intensity Training. This involves short, single sets with maximum intensity, which, according to theory, triggers maximal muscular growth. Famous individuals who trained under the rules of Jones include Casey Viator (who participated in the Colorado Experiment), Eddie Robinson (who participated in and trained under Jones's nautilus leverage line which is now Hammer Strength; Robinson dislikes the method), Mike Mentzer, Sergio Oliva and Dorian Yates.

His publications include the Nautilus Bulletins, which aim to dispel contemporary myths of exercise and training.

The 1977 film Pumping Iron is cited as generating a fitness revolution of sorts that resulted in gyms full of Nautilus equipment and other similar strength-training exercise machines.

Currently, Nautilus, Inc. markets the Bowflex, Stairmaster and Nautilus product lines. These new product lines are not affiliated with Jones. The Bowflex "power rod" bendnig technology is in part based it due to use of...
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