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Arthur Jones was a revolutionary figure in the field of fitness and exercise during the seventies and eighties. He challenged the theory that the most effective way to work out and build muscle was long hours in the gym. His theory was that short, controlled workouts using single sets and maximum weight would maximize the effectiveness of muscle growth. He was also a huge advocate for the use of machines over free weights as this gives a more consistent muscle movement.

In the 1970s, Arthur Jones launched Nautilus, Inc. and began producing workout machines. Soon, every gym in America was equipped with a full line of Nautilus exercise equipment. Arthur Jones became a millionaire and was even included on the Forbes list of the top 400 wealthiest people in America. He also started the company MedX, Inc. which he invested millions into developing exercise equipment for medical purposes and testing. Arthur Jones also created a series of Nautilus Bulletins which were devoted to exposing and challenging contemporary myths about exercise and weight lifting.

High Intensity Training (HIT) workouts were the brainchild of Arthur Jones. He stressed that short workouts using maximum weight with a generous recovery period would build muscle quicker and more effectively than the traditional method of frequent, long workouts with high sets. During HIT workouts, the goal is to bring the targeted muscles to the point of failure. When using correct form, a single rep in a HIT workout can take up to 30 seconds. Emphasis is placed on slow, fluid movements which maximize the fatigue of the muscle. A typical HIT schedule will include about three sessions in the gym per week each targeting the whole body or specific muscles. Because of the intense amount of stress put on the body during HIT workouts, proper rest and recovery time are required between workout sessions.

Arthur Jones was more than just an exercise man. He was also an adventurer and lover of exotic animals. In the Nautilus home building, Arthur Jones kept a number of poisonous spiders and snakes. At one time, he even kept an alligator which he tried to grow to record breaking size. Arthur was an expert pilot as well, clocking over 40,000 hours in the air. He sold his companies in the late eighties and nineties and retired. In 2007, at the age of 80, Arthur Jones passed away due to natural causes.

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