Memories of Arthur Jones
|Don't know if you heard but Arthur Jones passed away today.|
The world is most often changed by people who ask the right questions, and that is exactly what Arthur did.
He approached "training" as simply a series of problems that needed to be solved by common sense, self-evident truth and what is (or at least should be) obvious, he was able to break training down into clear, concise and rational steps - something that had never been done before.
-- And something that sent shockwaves through the whole strength World. Arthur made training a lot simpler than a lot of people ever thought it could be. Keep in mind, it wasn't necessarily his ideas, Arthur just pointed out what should have been straightforward from the start.
Roughly 25 years later his writings made a heck of a lot of sense to me as I began my own training career. Regardless of your training goal, Arthur was able to outline the fundamental building blocks of what makes training work.
Things that everyone interested in serious training should at least have a working knowledge of, even if they don't necessarily agree with them.
Arthur's material was, by design, simple, because in reality, training is simple.
Of course, a lot of people would tell you "yeah, I already know that" when in fact, they just glanced over Arthur's articles without truly reading them.
But that's another story for another time.
A lot of people are getting all weepy about Arthur's death; about what a great man he was, about what a great contributor he was, about his impact on exercise...
Certainly all that was true but the Arthur Jones that I knew would tell people to get over it and just go train so that's what I'll be doing.