I had a couple of interactions with Arthur Jones in the early 1970’s, The first resulted as a result of competing in my first bodybuilding contest in Durham, NC (my senior year at NC State), the 1970 Mr. All South. The guest poser was a teenager known as Casey Viator. I could not believe my eyes - That is a teenager??? He mentioned Arthur Jones and his pullover machine.
I live in Jacksonville, FL and when I returned home in December 1970, I decided I wanted to talk with Arthur Jones myself and Lake Helen was less than a two hour drive from my house. So, one day in January I drove in quest of speaking to the man behind the pullover machine and training philosophy that built that phenomenal teenager. After some driving around I finally located the home of Arthur Jones.
The following went as best I can remember: I recall his house as standing apart from other houses (I do not recall any other house in sight), being white with a lot of porch. On the porch sat, what I would guess was the prototype of the original Nautilus Pullover Machine, or the actual original. The cams were much larger than the one that went into production.
Mr. Jones welcomed me into his home. My first impression was his self confidence. Now understand that my desire was to get information to improve my physique, oddly he was most interested in talking about Africa and film making. Don’t get me wrong, his African stories were very interesting.
We finally got around to talking about improving my physique. I remember this as well today as if it happened yesterday. Mr. Jones asked me to remove my shirt and let’s take a look. I had developed fairly good chest, shoulders, and arms and I knew that. He then said, turn around to see my back. He nearly immediately said, “It looks like you don’t train your back.” Personally, I like brutal honesty, so his criticism was motivating.
I went one more time a couple years later, or so. That time I was exposed to the one minute pullup.