STRENGTH TRAINING METHODS AND THE WORK OF ARTHUR JONES
by Dave Smith and Stewart Bruce-Low, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University College Chester, University of Liverpool, Journal of Exercise Physiology, December 2004
Arthur Jones, founder and retired Chairman of Nautilus Sports/Medical Industries and MedX Corporation, advocated that those interested in improving their muscular size, strength, power and/or endurance should perform one set of each exercise to muscular failure, train each muscle group twice/week, perform each exercise in a slow controlled manner and perform a moderate number of repetitions (8-12).
This advice is very different to the strength training guidelines offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and most exercise physiology textbooks that supports multiple sets of exercise or high volume exercise. However, in contrast to the lack of scientific support for most of the recommendations made by the NSCA and ACSM and such books, Jones' training advice is strongly supported by peer-reviewed scientific literature, a statement that has recently been supported by a review of American College of Sports Medicine resistance training guidelines.
Therefore, we strongly recommend Jones' methods to athletes and coaches, as they are time-efficient and optimally efficacious, and note that given his considerable contribution to the field of strength training, academic recognition of this contribution is long overdue.
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