I’ve not been to commercial gyms much but as far as I understand, nautilus machines as momentarily popularized by Arthur Jones were fading away a couple decades ago. What happened?
It’s almost like there’s a conspiracy of silence about them. People will talk about free weights vs. machines but they are not the same kind of machines.
Furthermore, the science behind the nautilus machines sounds very logical and interesting so you would think there would be serious discussion and debate about it but yet I can hardly locate a reference.
The free weight vs machine argument has been going on for decades and will continue to rage on. Both are tools. The old Nautilus machines did represent very good tools though. Most machines getting put out today are nothing more then poor imitations of the old Nautilus.
The 1st gen pullover is still found in many different hardcore gyms around. Westside has one, Metroflex has one, Dorian at Temple gym has one. Simply because it provides very hard exercise for the lats.
Eventually Jones became fed up with the bodybuilding scene. He sold Nautilus to create MEDX. If you have not been on one. MEDX machines are IMO the smoothest, most biomechanically sound machines out there. There designed strength curves allow a trainee to work harder then using more traditional methods. Eventually he put all his efforts into spinal re-hab making a line of equipment that cures most low back injuries. The low back machine almost works too good. Many chiropractors, low back docters and drug prescribers would have lost alot of money had they taken off.
Sadly we he sold the company the whole company moved away from his vision of making a better tool and more towards profits. Since then I think Nautilus has had half a dozen owners and are looking to sell right now. Also it looks liked MEDX is falling apart. Jones retired in 1997 I believe and died about a year ago.
My Avatar is my on a Nautilus pullover because I liked it that much.
Actually most of these Nautilus machines are now in home gyms now. They can be purcahsed much cheaper then most other used machines and are built to last forever.
A bunch of the boys on Drdarden.com have some elaborate home gym setups.