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Nautilus Bulletin #2 (PDF)

When Arthur Jones first picked up a Barbell, he knew there was something inherently wrong. In 1948, he attempted to build the ultimate exercise machine to improve upon these shortcomings he saw in barbell exercise. Twenty years later, and building nearly fifty prototypes in nearly ten different states and two continents, he finally built a winner and the rest is history. Jones, a self-taught student of exercise physiology in the meantime battled malaria, was eaten up by lions, withstood gun shot wounds, and survived many attempts on his life. He triumphed by surviving all of this and matching his brilliant engineering by writing the Nautilus Bulletins that have rocked the roots of exercise and bodybuilding for the last 40 plus years. Relive the action and go back to the beginning of the Nautilus Empire.

-David Landau


1. Basic Considerations
2. Commercial Bias
3. Personal Involvement
4. The Name of the Game
5. Diet
6. A Few Simple Facts
7. Self-evident Truth
8. Strength and Muscular Endurance Factors
9. Barbells: Pro and Con
10. Time Factors in Exercise
11. The Psychology of Bodybuilders
12. The "Mr. Nautilus" Contest
13. The Real Value of Weight Training
14. The Drug Scene in Bodybuilding
15. Weight-training for Women
16. Muscular Potential and Heredity
17. Muscular Function
18. Four Steps
19. Barbells vs. Exercise Machines
20, Direct Exercise
21. The Recovery Factor
22. Individuality
23. It Won't Happen Here
24. A Natural Mistake
25. The First Step Towards Understanding
26. The Second Step
27. The Third Step
28. The Fourth Step
29. The Fifth Step
30. The Sixth Step
31. The Seventh Step
32. The Moment-arm Factor
33. Fuel Air Factors
34. A Simple Example
35. Advanced Training
36. The Ultimate Physique
37. Proper Form
38. What to Expect
39. A Realistic Goal
40. The Present State of the Art
41. The Next Step

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