American College of Sports Medicine Top 10 Annual Trends Reinforce Arthur Jones Legacy

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Jones’ Fitness Principles Become Industry Standards


February 27, 2017

Arthur Jones, NautilusWhen do trends become standards? Webster’s official English dictionary defines a trend as a general direction. Others may define a trend as a fad. However, in spite of changing fitness demographics, exercise fads and the proliferation of uneducated “experts”, Arthur Jones’ original research, publications and principles from the 1970’s have become fitness industry standards.  Over the past several years, five of the top ten annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey trends can be attributed to Mr. Jones’ original pronouncements.  High-Intensity Training, Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals, Strength Training, Exercise is Medicine, and Personal Training were archived in Jones’ early writings, extolling the physical and psychological aspects of strength and cardiovascular training.

Mr. Jones rocked the 1970’s fitness, sports, and rehabilitation industries with his radical exercise guidelines. Yet in 2011, these training concepts were officially endorsed as the official guidelines by the ACSM. Jones strategically publicized education-based training principles for specific groups including women, seniors, and athletes, to safely achieve maximum results in a minimal amount of time. His early work formed the basis for numerous ACSM and American College of Exercise (ACE) certification programs and publications including Resistance is Medicine, Resistance Training for the Older Adult, Personal Training for Older Adults, Strength, Power and the Baby Boomer, and Exercise Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure.

Today, leading global institutions and organizations including Harvard Medical School, Yale, Tufts Medical School, and NASA continue to validate Mr. Jones’ training principles. Recently, Mitsubishi Corporation’s related organization Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare, supported by a grant from Japan’s Physical Fitness Research Institute, published a review concurring with Mr. Jones’ research defining proper eccentric and concentric protocols.

Perhaps Mr. Jones’ own words summarize how his legacy has become a training standard across today’s wellness, sports, and fitness markets. He stated, “You can expect a great deal from exercise, probably more than you even suspect, because if your training is properly conducted, your results will almost certainly exceed your expectations.”


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