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John Robert Cardillo
John travelled the world to learn the best training and nutrition principles and trained alongside top pro bodybuilders at Gold's Gym California. He was a student of Arthur Jones, inventor of Nautilus and Medx Fitness machines, and the pioneer of hi-intensity training. John developed the HIT3 Training System, which transformed his physique to win countless bodybuilding competitions at just 18 years of age! He was also the first bodybuilder to utilize Faradic Electric Muscle Stimulation in his training and intermittent fasting during his competition prep. John’s SHREDDED Nutrition Diet helped him build one of the most shredded physiques of all time. His diet program incorporates fasting and nutrient timing to help athletes build lean muscle while losing body fat.
Arthur Jones By John Robert Cardillo
Q. Arthur Jones had a training philosophy that was totally opposite to how bodybuilders were training at the time. Tell us about Arthur Jones.
A. Jones was ahead of his time. His method of training was one set of each exercise performed to concentric failure followed by as many negative (eccentric) repetitions as possible. This type of training was done mostly on the Nautilus and Medx Fitness machines that he invented. He was a critical thinker who understood physiology, and he had a real passion for scientific ways to do things. I loved his authoritative style of speaking and how he was able to push me far beyond what I thought I could do. I was a sponge around him, because he was a genius. I went down to see him many times, and attended seminars that he ran. I stayed in touch with him until he passed away.
Arthur thought that most bodybuilders were wasting their time by spending too much time in a gym doing low-intensity workouts, which produced little in the way of results. He used to say that if you took the Dianabol away from bodybuilders, they would all shrink and look like girls with no muscles, and they would all stop training. He hated the idea that a healthy activity like weight training had become infiltrated with drug abuse.
I became good friends with Mike Mentzer and Casey Viator, who also trained under Jones. I trained with both of them a lot in later years when they moved to California. The three of us adopted Jones’s high-intensity principles and applied them to our bodybuilding workouts, using both Nautilus machines and weights.
Bodybuilder Dorian Yates Also Followed High-Intensity Training
Dorian told me that he read all the literature in the magazines about how Mentzer, Viator, and I trained and followed a similar high-intensity workout style. I remember Dorian coming to California and training with Mentzer for a while.
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