I am a believer in using both machines and free weights. In the last post, Giving Exercise Machines the Respect They Deserve,

I talk about how machine exercises can compensate for some of the flaws in free weight lifts. However, Free weight lifts do have some advantages.

free weights exercise machines

The Benefits of Free Weight Exercises

When you do a free weight exercise, you have to control the weight in a 3 dimensional space. [click to continue…]


Arthur Jones, the inventor of the Nautilus machines, passed away at the age of 80 on August 28, 2007.

He was a radical thinker who completely went against the popular fitness ideas of his day. I consider him a mentor and a true pioneer when it came to fitness.

Arthur first came out with his Nautilus machines in 1970.

Nautilus Equipment

In the early 70’s bodybuilders were spending hours in the gym each day. Arnold and other bodybuilders were spending 1/2 of their days in the gym!

Along came a man named Arthur Jones, who preached that people didn’t have to live in the gym to get outstanding results. He was telling people to do just one set per exercise…and to go into the gym for a few lifts and then get out…typically in 30 minutes or less just a few times per week! [click to continue…]


Have you ever heard the saying “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting what you’ve always got”. Well this saying holds true for cardio to some extent. No matter what type of cardio you are doing, you will most likely reach a fat burning sticking point. The way to blast through this sticking point, is to increase the performance a bit.

Performanced Based Cardio
(A picture of a spinning class in Viareggio, Italy)

People Measure Their Performance in Weight Lifting, But Rarely When It Comes To Cardio.

If you were to ask any gym member how much weight they could handle for 6 reps in a basic lift, they could probably give you an accurate answer. If you were to ask them similar questions about cardio, they probably wouldn’t have an answer for you. [click to continue…]