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Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones was born in 1926. He dropped out of school at age 13, the same year he began weight training, and hit the road. Arthur learned to fly on a ramshackle air field and became deeply involved in the reptile business before enlisting twice to serve in World War II. He combined his flying and animal interests with filming, and parlayed them into television series and films, all the while trying to improve the barbell as a backburner project. He littered his travel paths the world over with failed prototype machines until he finally had one that failed in the precisely correct way - it told him what the final piece of the puzzle was. In 1968 his business was deadheaded and he was idling in Florida. He built his "correct" pullover machine, began writing for Peary Rader's Iron Man magazine, and Nautilus was born. 

Arthur developed more machines based on the same principles, as well as new principles as he discovered them, and simultaneously developed his training philosophy. Hand in hand, the training philosophy/machine combo fired Nautilus to unexpected and never matched heights. Arthur wrote Nautilus Bulletin No. 1 and Nautilus Bulletin No. 2 to encapsulate his training philosophy and sold it through ads in Iron Man. Other ads announced Nautilus Bulletin No. 3 in planning, offered pre-publication sales of The Ultimate Development, and announced an encyclopedia, none of which ever appeared in print. People who ordered The Ultimate Development were sent refunds. No one knew even a fraction of any of them were completed ... until the manuscript for Nautilus Bulletin No. 3 and the four-page table of contents, including the physical page numbers, of The Ultimate Development, and the bookkeeping ledger documenting who got how much and when as a Development refund, were found in Arthur's storage locker. Having been told of the find, Arthur asked for copies of Bulletin No. 3 and the Development pages. His comment after reviewing them - "I forgot all about them." Arthur was a very busy man."


Tom Kelso

Tom Kelso is currently the Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning at Saint Louis University. Now in his 20th year at the collegiate level, he also served as the Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2001 – 2004), Southeast Missouri State University (1991-2001) and the University of Florida (1988-1990). He first started in the strength and conditioning field as an Assistant Strength Coach at Florida in 1984, where he was also a weight training instructor for the Department of Physical Education from 1985 to 1988.

Kelso received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1981 and his Master's Degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 1984. He was a member of the Track and Field team at Iowa and served as a Graduate Assistant Track & Field Coach while at Western Illinois. He also holds C.S.C.S. and S.C.C.C. certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, respectively. In 2001 he received an honorary certification from the International Association of Resistance Trainers (I.A.R.T.).

In 1999, Kelso was named NSCA Ohio Valley Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the year. A strong advocate of safe, practical and time-efficient training, he has published several periodical articles and book chapters promoting such. He has worked with athletes at the Olympic and professional levels, presented at various clinics/seminars, and has worked several athletic-related camps. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the I.A.R.T.


Robert Spector

Rob Spector has been in the iron game for over 20 years. He wrote the original HIT FAQ in 1994, and has been a regular contributor to the Cyberpump! web page. The HIT FAQ is the most downloaded document on strength training on the Internet, and has been translated into several different languages including Portuguese, Russian and German.  Rob graduated with his BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science) in 1991 from the University of Toronto. He is originally from Toronto, Canada, currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is employed at a leading professional services firm.


John Leschinski

Grinding out over two decades worth of driving and lowering loaded bars, John Leschinski knows weights. He's definitely earned a platform when it comes to training talk. John currently serves as Director of the U.S. office of CS Publishing. (Publisher of such training classics as "BRAWN," "The Insider's Tell-All Handbook on Weight-Training Technique," and the magazine Hardgainer.)

Having written numerous articles for Hardgainer and MuscleMag International, John would like to help other trainees find solutions to their training snags. He is especially enthusiastic about sparing beginners and hardgainers wasted months and years of ineffective training.

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