A Man Who Stood Against the Men of His Time

I started working out at a new gym the other day. The new gym does not have a machine I normally use, the Nautilus Nitro Lat Pulldown. But they did have a pullover machine — one of Arthur Jone’s first machines, perhaps the first if I’m not mistaken.

I started working out at a new gym the other day. The new gym does not have a ma

chine I normally use, the Nautilus Nitro Lat Pulldown. But they did have a pullover machine — one of Arthur Jone’s first machines, perhaps the first if I’m not mistaken.

Before I used it, I took a step back to admire what Arthur created, and the legacy he left behind that the rest of us benefit tremendously from.

Which is when I took this picture.

Upon further reflection, I realized that it was likely I was the only person in the entire gym who

  • A. Knew how to use this machine properly.
  • B. Understood it’s significance.

At first, this was a little saddening. But then I realized Arthur would not have wanted it any other way after his death. Arthur did not progress the world forward to benefit the ignorant masses — he did it for his own selfish desire.

He created revolutionary machines, put forward revolutionary ideas, and produced an incredible wealth by the grit of his teeth and the integrity of his ego.

The fact that men still exist today who know how to use his machines properly, I think, is exactly what Arthur hoped for after his death. I do not believe the number of these men was of any significance to Arthur — only that the men who matter were able to learn about his machines and use them as they were meant to be used, free of compulsion or force to the contrary.

It is men like Arthur Jones that we owe a great deal to.

An uncompromising man who stood against the men of his time, for his own selfish desire, and made the world a better place because of it — the world we now live in with modern day Arthur’s like Doug McGuff, Drew Baye, Patrick Diver, and Bill DeSimone.


If you’ve ever used Nautilus or MedX machines, you owe it to yourself to read the history behind them, and about the man who was the fountainhead of their creation at ArthurJonesExercise.com

Here’s to the man who was Arthur Jones.

“Younger women, faster airplanes, bigger crocodiles.”

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37 Responses to A Man Who Stood Against the Men of His Time

  1. Pat Crofoot February 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    I took a tour of Gold’s Gym the other day. It’s right next to a place I have to be 3 times a week so the convenience is alluring.

    The trainer had no idea what I was talking about when I asked about any negative resistance machines.

  2. jaYOST7 February 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    A workout which ONLY includes man-made machines is NOT a solid workout, Dream.

    You need to mix it up to avoid muscle memory plateaus, and include–

    -Medicine/Stability Balls
    -Kettlebells (optional)
    -Man-made Machines

    There are SO many different exercises possible w/ the aformentioned equipment. I respectfully suggest you EXPAND your horizons, incorporate more equipment, and notice the HUGE spike in results. Cheers,


    • Joe February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am #

      Am I missing something? Who makes the barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls and kettlebells? Nature?? I’m personally holding out for alien-made exercise equipment . . . HUGE gains!

      • jaYOST7 February 15, 2011 at 12:32 am #

        GOOD point. “Man-made Machines” are just the name I have given them. You’re right tho, that they are ALL “Man-made”. REGARDLESS, all of the aforementioned equipment should be explored, not just machines, for IDEAL results.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 15, 2011 at 2:31 am #

      Yeah, that’s not true.

      • jaYOST7 February 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

        Dream IS a cult leader of false truths. Cults SUCK.

        • Shane February 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

          Care to explain the properties which non-machine weights posses which make them necessary to a workout?

          • jaYOST7 February 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

            Sure, just more variety of exercises. Machine exercises are VERY limited to what they offer. By EXPANDING your horizons by adding more equipment, results expand as a byproduct.

            Exercises like pushups on the medicine ball (chest), pullups (back), barbell curls (biceps) tricep dumbell dips (triceps), plank iso on stability ball (core), barbell squats (legs) and shoulder weight plate raises (shoulders) are ALL great additions to your exerise arsenal.

            It’s BETTER to be well rounded, than to be a one trick pony (machines). EITHER WAY, always focus on form and posture no matter what exercise you’re performing.

            Reps, tempo (speed of lift), and amount of weight are ALSO variables to change to keep the results flowing. Work till muscle failure EVERY set! Try to either lift more weight, or do more reps every set to make solid progress.

            • Aaron February 16, 2011 at 9:13 am #

              Dude, logical pitfalls up in dis bitch.

              “Sure, just more variety of exercises. Machine exercises are VERY limited to what they offer.”

              Okay, elaborate…..

              “By EXPANDING your horizons by adding more equipment, results expand as a byproduct.”

              You didn’t really explain why that’s a fact.

              “Exercises like /insert/ are ALL great additions to your exerise arsenal.”


              “It’s BETTER to be well rounded”

              Firstly, that’s an opinion until you back it up.

              “than to be a one trick pony (machines).”

              Secondly, like the other dude said, you’re going to need to explain why your suggestions differ to ‘machines’ and why when implemented would be advantageous. Until then you’re just saying that machines somehow limit you, without actually explaining why they limit you AND why your suggestions remedy that problem.

              “EITHER WAY, always focus on form and posture no matter what exercise you’re performing.”

              Why’s that true, why is that relevant, why did you even type that?

              “Reps, tempo (speed of lift), and amount of weight are ALSO variables”

              Yes, this is a fact, they are indeed variables.

              “to change to keep the results flowing.”

              What? Explain why changing those things is a good idea when it is agreed upon that general progress is the main goal.

              “Work till muscle failure EVERY set! Try to either lift more weight, or do more reps every set to make solid progress.”

              Why are you exclaiming? It doesn’t make this whimsical. It doesn’t sell me shit. And again you end your thought with a random observation. Essentially you just said, ‘Progress is progress’.

              Come on dude. Really.

        • Anthony Dream Johnson February 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

          I think this is the first time someone’s called me a “cult leader”. Fantastic. I have Ayn Rand beat by a few decades.

  3. MikeG February 15, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    I love how we need to look into all of these for best results, except for kettlebells lol those my dear friends are optional BWAHAHA FACEPALM this clown.

    • jaYOST7 February 15, 2011 at 2:17 am #

      ONCE AGAIN, you are entitled to believe what you want. (=

  4. iflyboats February 15, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Here’s to Arthur Jones, without whom we’d still be thinking like jaYOST. What a terrible fate Arthur saved us from!

    • jaYOST7 February 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      Expand your HORIZONS, buddy. Don’t be so dogmatic.

  5. MikeG February 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Not all expansions are good, or worth it, If started doing mdma and heroin by horizons of “things being ingested” has grown for the worse. With workouts you’ll find that the key to improvment is to “trim the fat” off your workout not too add additional movements. You will not plateua doing the same excersize over and over. See any powerlifter doing the same 3 lifts his whole life and increasing amount lifted year to year.

    • jaYOST7 February 16, 2011 at 1:19 am #

      I just think it’s BEST to be well-versed in a WIDE variety of exercises, besides machines. I’m sure ANY top-level Trainer OR Strength and Conditioning Coach would agree.

      • Aaron February 16, 2011 at 9:17 am #

        What authority do Top coaches even have? Logic is the ultimate authority. Lol, you THINK its BEST to be good at a bunch of stuff. Okay, that’s an admitted opinion and worthless when debating real things. Also looool you’re ‘sure’ that ‘people you believe to have authority’ would agree with you.

        Seriously dude.

  6. jaYOST7 February 16, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    ANY beginner can do a seated chest press (machine). But put him on an ADVANCED exercise, like pushups on medicine ball, and he’ll fail.

    Machines are generally for beginners. Try SOME advanced exercises like what I mentioned above, Dream.


    • Joe February 16, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Can you name a reason one would require the ability to perform a push up on a medicine ball?? My point is- who cares . . . Unless your goal is to perform them.

      • jaYOST7 February 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        Beacuse when you’re training an advanced guy, to perform a chest exercise, you need to challenge him. An advanced guy walks RIGHT through ‘machines’,

        Although I assume you haven’t trained anyone, let alone an advanced guy.

        This is JUST from my experience of training well over 100 guys and women at DIFFERENT skill levels, and what it takes to progress them.

        • Joe February 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

          No need to compare client lists, but suffice to say, I’ve trained well over 100 clients (I assume you’re still early in your training career). My experience drastically differs.

          No one “needs” any particular exercise movement (unless their goal is based in the performance of it, i.e. if the goal is to bench press 250, the person is going to have to train bench press). Exercises, whether free weight or machine, are merely tools, by which we can accomplish a specific goal- sufficient stimulus. Every type of exercise has limitations and advantages and nearly all can elicit an adaptive response. Results, for the most part, stem from “how” one uses any of these “tools”, not which tool they are using.

          Further, your generalization of ‘machines’ is ignorant. All machines are not the same; some are better and some are worse. Trust me- a good machine, used properly, would put your med ball pushups to shame (they are not even that challenging in the first place).

    • Aaron February 16, 2011 at 9:26 am #

      First, stop smiling and exclaiming. I can’t be sure (fact), but based on other situations, by doing it you make the situation seem less real to you and you get to protect yourself because this isn’t serious. Also it comes from an ego-y place, the same place things like this come from (I don’t know if this analogy will help you understand what I mean, but a boy can dream), “Everyone knows that! Lol, I bet you’re new here haha. You’ll fit in just fine. Feel free to ask questions if you want =)”

      I don’t know about you, but I can feel the douchery through the internets.

      “ANY beginner can do a seated chest press (machine).”

      Not a fact. And if it were to be the average outcome of the situation you’re imagining, THERE IS A REASON WHY THEY FAIL. The reason would be something logical, like their body weight is resistance than the machine provides, thus they fail because they aren’t strong enough yet. A real reason. Machines being able to control resistance to a great degree is not a real reason.

      “Machines are generally for beginners. Try SOME advanced exercises like what I mentioned above, Dream.”

      For the love of god, provide REASONS.



  7. jaYOST7 February 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I’m NOT even going to waste my time on this thread any more. DO what you want, and I’ll do what I want–Hard workouts.

    • Aaron February 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      Why are you running away from making a coherent argument? If you think you’re right you should be excited to bring up the points you have. If someone says something incorrect and I am engaged in an argument with them, I get excited that I get to prove them wrong. If they don’t agree with me I try to clear up any miscommunications or misunderstandings that are in the way of them agreeing with me.

      If you think you’re right, you should be able and excited to back up your claims. What I’ve seen is that you give up after responding in a bunch of non-convincing, non-debate progressing ways.

      • jaYOST7 February 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

        I KNOW I’m right, and that’s ALL I need. Take care (=

  8. James February 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    The reason doing a pushup with a medicine ball on your back is hard is because its a specific skill in which your body needs to be trained. just like kicking a soccer ball is hard for a person who has never kicked a ball before. Once he has mastered how to do that riculous skill he is ready to learn another pointless skill. Instead of focusing on just pure power output and working your muscles as hard as possible.

    Aaron owned you and pointed out flaws in your argument , i refuse to be convinced unless there is hard evidence and logic. What spewed out of your mouth is what i like to call “fluff”. Basically a bunch of words that try to argue a point without actually explaining it.

  9. Ben February 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I don’t think Arthur Jones would have approved of all this arguing. Dream said it right, Arthur Jones was a *man*. Not the kind we see today, drinking kegs and bitching over who’s team is better or which scented body spray will attract more females. Jones got shit done. In a no-nonsense kinda way. Yet he enjoyed his life at the same time. We would all do ourselves a service to learn from Jones.

    “Younger women, faster airplanes, bigger crocodiles.”—that just says it all.

    • jaYOST7 February 17, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      I AGREE. It’s pointless to argue.

      • Aaron February 17, 2011 at 6:20 am #

        It’s more pointless to post fluff comments where you say things but never support them frequently when you could be convincing us all that you’re right with your reasons for thinking you’re right.

    • James Steele II February 18, 2011 at 5:31 am #

      Actually to the contrary Jones would have told Jeff that his cat was smarter than he was and then offer to take him outside and knock some sense into him. A couple of weeks ago I spent some time with someone who worked with Arthur at MedX since it was first around and some of the stories about him were very entertaining. He’d always start out stating the plain fact that most people attending his seminars (physical therapists, exercise physiologists, spinal surgeons etc) were all dumbassess and then proceed to explain why. Some left out of dislike for being told they were stupid. Most stayed however, enlightened by a great man providing them with great knowledge.

      Arthur was a great man confident in himself and his knowledge and didn’t tolerate stupidity. He always said that the majority of people are ignorant and thats excusable. But to then inform them and for them to still ignore the plain facts, thats stupidity, and that is inexcusable.

  10. James February 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    You really cant say what Arthur Jones wanted bro he is dead. Lets leave it at that. I do find a point in “Debating” i prefer to call it that. Its not pointless to argue. But it is pointless to argue with someone like jayOST7. I find that when debating i can tell if its pointless from within the first few seconds. If i state a point and they interupt me or if they directly contradict my point and then tell there point without facts.I then find it completely pointless. (there are more signs) If you truly believe in what your saying you should try and back it up. any logical person is not going to blindly follow. People seem to get caught up in HOW the person is saying it and not WHAT the person is actually SAYING. Thats you jaYOST and i am NOT falling for it. 😀

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      Arthur is no longer here to speak for himself — but he left a great deal behind for us to read, learn, and form opinions on — including how he wanted his work to live on after his death.

  11. Donnie Hunt February 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I remember when I first really encountered Nautilus Machines. At my high school gym in 10th grade. My dad use to take me with him to an actual Nautilus Facility when I was I was very young but I don’t remember too much about that. I believe it was my dad who found “The Nautilus Book” at my local library shortly after I started having my 10th grade weight training class. Before I read this book I can remember wondering what were all the different parts on those machines for?? I also remember when reading the chapter about “direct resistance” and “variable resistance” it was like someone turned on a light inside my head. These were indeed “tools designed around the man” as I believe Arthur put it in old David Letterman interview I saw on youtube.

  12. james13onds May 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    At my current gym they have Nautilis Nitro PLUS machines. How do these machines compare to the earlier nautilus machines , better or worse? A few of the machines dont feel right. I am debating wether or not to continue using these machines or use free weights and bodyweight. What are your thoughts ?

    • Anthony Dream Johnson May 29, 2011 at 5:36 am #

      Not super familiar with the plus line, not knowingly anyway. Which machines do you have access to and what are you trying to use?

  13. james13onds May 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I only have access to the Nautilus plus machines right now. Using the Big Five machines as well as leg extensions and a rear delt/pec fly two in one machine.Im using almost every machine in the gym, it is just a baby gym. The gym is called 24 hour fitness .


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