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Arthur A. Jones, Nautilus inventor and fitness pioneer, passes away at 80

Arthur A. Jones sitting on a plane

Ocala Star-Banner reports:

Arthur A. Jones, inventor of the Nautilus exercise equipment and founder of the Jumbolair estate in Anthony, died at about 4:40 a.m. today at his Ocala home. Jones was 80. His son, William, said he died of natural causes.

In 1970, he introduced Nautilus equipment, “the first of its kind marketed to utilize the principle of variable resistance to develop muscles and build strength,” according to MedX.

The article concludes with this quote:

“I hope that Arthur Jones’ contributions in the fields of fitness, sports medicine, exercise physiology and orthopedic rehabilitation will be recognized and appreciated,” said MedX executive Jim Flanagan, who worked with Jones from 1971 to 1996.

For much more on Arthur A. Jones, visit Arthur Jones Exercise, where you can read Arthur Jones’ written works free online, hosted by the Personal Trainer Certification I.A.R.T. Also visit the web site for MedX Corporation, which Arthur Jones created in 1986.

At Dr. Ellington Darden’s High-Intensity Training forum the thread about Arthur Jones’ passing is moving reading.

Nautilus, Inc. recognizes the passing of the founder of Nautilus Equipment:

The Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) staff and board sadly acknowledge the passing of Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus® training equipment in 1970 that has served as the standard of strength training equipment for nearly four decades.

“The fitness innovations Mr. Jones brought to market are what first established the Nautilus brand as the gold standard in fitness,” said Bob Falcone, Chairman and CEO of Nautilus, Inc. “We are pleased to carry on his legacy of innovation with a complete line of cardiovascular and strength equipment bearing the Nautilus brand.”

Update: Both New York Times and The Washington Post now has articles about Mr. Jones passing:

Mr. Jones was a rough-and-tumble character who had six wives, a nearly lifelong smoking habit and an affection for exotic animals like rattlesnakes and crocodiles, which he kept at his farm, the younger Mr. Jones said.

He tinkered with exercise equipment for more than 20 years before creating his first Nautilus machine, called the Blue Monster, in the late 1960s. Mr. Jones presented the equipment at a Mr. America contest in California and started Arthur Jones Productions to sell the equipment. The company’s name was later changed to Nautilus, because the cam, or gear, that was crucial to the machine’s success resembled a nautilus.

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August 28, 2007 - Posted by | Bodybuilding, Exercise, Science, Sports Medicine


  1. I thought I’d share the influence Jones had on me.

    Comment by Eric Starkman | September 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hmm i’m not so sure, wasted about 2 years on them nautilusmachines, rest in peace Arthur, hope God teaches you to squat and deadlift.

    Comment by Kim | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Rest in peace Arthur.

    Kim, it’s not due to the Nautilus, but due to the person’s poor work out.

    If you under or over-train using anything, its your own fault.

    Train using the 4-2-4 High Intensity Training (HIT) method. It is the fastest and most efficient way to achieve results.

    Make sure you are using a weight which causes you to reach muscle failure in 6-9 repetitions.

    You’ll know if you performed an exercise completely because after finishing it (in 60-90 seconds) you will be unable to continue that exercise.

    One set per muscle, no more than 10 exercises, once per week.

    Remember, your genetics plays a major factor in your fitness and particularly your appearance.

    Comment by Robert | November 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. I knew Arthur and he was one of the most brilliant and insightful people I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking with. Arthur did more to advance the field of exercise than anyone else in the past couple decades, although it will probably take a few more decades before the rest of the fitness and bodybuilding world figure it out, given the current nonsensical beliefs that dominate.

    Comment by Drew Baye | November 19, 2009 | Reply

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