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Nautilus inventor Arthur Jones dies


VANCOUVER, Wash. Arthur Jones, who invented the Nautilus training equipment in 1970, has passed away, Nautilus Inc. announced Tuesday.

According to Nautilus Inc., Jones was a pioneer in strength training, where he employed Nautilus shell-shaped cams to help users achieve optimal exertion through a full range of motion in single-station training equipment. He also pioneered high intensity training techniques that were credited with expanding strength training to the masses through quick and effective workouts.

"The fitness innovations Mr. Jones brought to market are what first established the Nautilus brand as the gold standard in fitness," said Bob Falcone, chairman and ceo of Nautilus Inc. "We are pleased to carry on his legacy of innovation with a complete line of cardiovascular and strength equipment bearing the Nautilus brand."

Falcone said Jones has not had any association with Nautilus since 1986, when he sold his interest in the company and brand. The Nautilus brand was purchased by Vancouver, Wash.-based Direct Focus Inc. in 1999, which adopted the brand as its corporate moniker in 2002 and is now known as Nautilus Inc.

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