by Ellington Darden, Ph.D.
In 1970, Arthur Jones challenged me... to exercise harder and briefer, in good form. As a result, in a positive and real way, my training, my physique, and my life were changed — forever.
Three years later, stationed in a windowless office next to a well-equipped gym at the Nautilus headquarters in Lake Helen, Florida, I became an almost one-man publishing team. I personally measured, photographed, trained, or wrote about scores of athletes, including . . .
Steve Reeves, 1947 Mr. America
George Eiferman, 1948 Mr. America
Bill Pearl, 1953 Mr. America
Harry Johnson, 1959 Mr. America
Red Lerille, 1960 Mr. America
Bob Gajda, 1966 Mr. America
Jim Haislop, 1968 Mr. America
Boyer Coe, 1969 Mr. America
Casey Viator, 1971 Mr. America
Sergio Oliva, 1969 Mr. Olympia
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1970 Mr. Olympia
Franco Columbu, 1976 Mr. Olympia
Frank Zane, 1977 Mr. Olympia
Chris Dickerson, 1982 Mr. Olympia
Robby Robinson, 1975 Mr. World
Mike Mentzer, 1978 Mr. Universe
Ray Mentzer, 1979 Mr. America
. . . and many others from the Golden Age of Bodybuilding.
I continued to work closely with Arthur Jones until he died in August of 2007.
Prior to Jones and Nautilus, from 1964 to 1972, I won 17 state and regional bodybuilding shows and entered the Mr. America contest twice. Plus, I graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Exercise Science.
Looking back, I've devoted the last 43 years of my life to building exceptional bodies. And, I've touched the masses through the 6-million books I've sold. But the things I've treasured the most, have been teaching, guiding, and helping highly motivated men.
As previously noted, I've indeed worked with many bodybuilding greats. But expertise goes far beyond the genetically gifted. Almost every man I've trained — consistently — over the last five decades has ultimately developed his best physique. Such an individual, in my book, is a true physique champion.
Training the genetically gifted, such as Boyer Coe and Casey Viator, for bodybuilding competitions, requires knowledge and experience. Training men with average or slightly above-average genetics, such as Eddie Mueller, Dave Hudlow, and Tom Wykle, so they can simply have great-looking bodies, demands even more knowledge and even more experience.
In summary, coaching motivated individuals has been my life's work,
My life's devotion.
That's who I am,
What I do best.
And, I want to train you — personally — one-to-one,
IF, you have what it takes.
I've known for years that the best teaching and learning occurs one-to-one, with no distractions, with nobody present but the teacher and the student.
That's why I'm opening the doors of my private gym to a limited number of personalized, one-to-one, coaching intensives. The intensive-coaching session entails 6 consecutive hours in one day, with my problem-solving e-mails directed specifically to you and our work together over the next 90 days.
The setting is my home in Windermere, Florida, a small town 20 miles west of the Orlando International Airport, 6 miles from the gates of Disney World, and minutes from neighbors: Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, and Ken Griffey, Jr.
I evaluate, exercise, and coach each trainee in my private gym equipped with Nautilus and conventional machines, as well as a library retrospective of almost a half-century of my research and writing.
The secret is much more than simply having my coaching attention. It's knowing how to select, with confidence, the best exercises according to the equipment that is available; how to design routines with the right combination of single- and multiple-joint exercises; why the agonistic/antagonistic muscle interplay is important; and why negative-only exercise must be emphasized, yet limited.
The secret is about solving the slow-twitch/fast-twitch dilemma; when to train less or more; when to apply a not-to-failure workout; and when to take a layoff and for how long.
The secret is about food, fuel, and supplements — and their places in the muscular-growth and fat-loss processes — and how to be skeptical of various promotions and products. It's about science, superhydration, sound sleep, neurotransmitter measurement, endocrine balancing, and mental preparedness.
The secret is about how to analyze your own physique realistically, without distortion, and... with your goals in clear focus.
Most importantly, however, the secret is about accountability. And that task is straightforward: You are accountable to me, Ellington Darden.
One point I emphasize in my coaching intensive is that the new HIT applies to a hard gainer, an easy gainer, and the all-but-forgotten average person — who's neither a hard nor an easy gainer.
It doesn't matter how you are classified — or whether you need to lose fat, build muscle, or some of both — my coaching intensive guides you to achieve your best physique in the most efficient manner.
My intensive-coaching package is geared for a trainee who has a real passion for reaching his personal-best body. The package includes 6 consecutive hours with me in my private gym in Florida and weekly interactive e-mails for the next 12 weeks or 90 days.
Besides my intensive one-to-one coaching and weekly technical e-mails, you get my undivided thinking in responding to your questions, plus my experienced, straightforward answers.
If you follow directions precisely, I firmly believe you can lose fat, build muscle, or both lose and build — to the degree necessary — to achieve your best physique.
For coaching dates, availability, price confirmation, registration, and purchasing details, I want you to call me on my personal line. In the old days at Nautilus, I always answered my own phone — without a secretary — and I still do. I'll interview you upfront and determine your seriousness.
If you qualify, then we'll agree on a date and time and move forward.
My private phone number is 1-407-668-0730.
Note: This is a special line that I only activate once a day, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, EST. All other times the phone will be turned OFF.
Once again, this offer is for serious trainees only.
If you have the motivation and the discipline to achieve your personal-best physique — then, the secret is your ticket to the fastest-possible results.
Your intensive-coaching plan is about to begin.
- How would adding 10 pounds of muscle, over the next several weeks, change your life for the better?
- Would dropping 4 inches from your waistline, in just six weeks, improve your upper-body impressiveness?
Act today. Availability is limited.
Don't just wonder what your body, with significantly more muscle and less fat, COULD look like. Take charge, commit to my plan, and see for yourself.
You're going to like the RESULTS.
If you're not completely satisfied with my intensive coaching, as well as your overall results — let me know and you'll receive a full, prompt refund.
Call at the designated times:
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM,
Clockwise from top: Arthur Jones (with Don Shula observing) coaches a 1975 West Point cadet through an intense set of leg extensions. It was always a pleasure to train Boyer Coe, which I did in 1983. Casey Viator, after a HIT workout in 1978, contracts his award-winning arm.
Men who experienced the secret: Eddie Mueller built 18 pounds of muscle in 10 weeks. Dave Hudlow added 1-3/8 inches on each upper arm and 3 inches on his chest, in only 2 weeks. Tom Wykle lost 35 pounds of fat in 6 weeks.
Keith Whitley had well-above-average genetics for bodybuilding. With my intensive coaching he gained 29 pounds of muscle in 6 weeks.
Here's a section of my private gym, which includes seven Nautilus machines, a Bowflex machine, a barbell, two dumbbells, a wrist roller, and several hand grippers.
When Eddie Mueller visited me recently at my home in Windermere, Florida, I hadn't seen him in more than seven years. Eddie was featured in my book, BIG, where he finished the program weighing 192 pounds with 9 percent body fat. That was in 1988.
When this October 25, 2007, picture was made, he still weighed 192 pounds, but his body fat was 18 percent.
Eddie was one of the first individuals to sign up for my intensive-coaching plan. Together, we decided that a realistic goal for him would be... to lose 15 pounds of fat and to increase his muscle mass by 10 pounds.