Let’s deconstruct this:
Dr. Darden answers a question by saying that Boyer Coe gained 20 lbs over the course of 6 months training at Nautilus.
Then someone posts a quote from an interview attributed to Boyer, where he says he gained no mass while training under Jones supervision. Rather, the weight gain came after Jones got bored and stopped supervising him, and Boyer adjusted the training to his own liking.
So do I believe Dr. Darden about Boyer’s 20 lb weight gain? I guess so, because both accounts agree there was a 20 lb weight gain. As to when the weight gain occurred, we only have one account…
So what can we learn from Dr. Darden’s very brief answer? Nautilus/Jones fans will jump on the answer to assert the effectiveness of that style of training. But that seems like a reach given the absence of detail in the response.
By contrast, the Boyer Coe version at least casts doubt on whether or not supervision by Arthur Jones had anything to do with his results. But even his story is still lacking with regard to other critical details (like how exactly did Boyer train himself after Jones lost interest).
Dr. Darden has since elaborated that he trained Boyer 8 or 9 times, toward the end of his stay. So maybe 4 or 5 weeks out of the 6 months that Boyer was at Nautilus? That is interesting. But I still don’t know what to make of it. How does this stretch of training under Darden’s supervision fit into Boyer’s narrative that he made gains when he asserted more control over his own training? Do the two periods overlap, or are we talking about two distinct phases? And how much first hand involvement did Dr. Darden have with Boyer’s training, prior to taking over the supervision?
The problem with trying to debate on the basis of brief accounts such as above is that people tend to fill in the missing details according to what they want to believe. I wonder if you aren’t doing some of that?
But I see that you mention a book by Dr. Darden that includes something about Boyer’s training? Which book is that? Does it have more detail than has been put forth here?