Bruce Lee: The Human Workout Machine
Who didn’t know Bruce Lee one of the greatest martial artists to ever step in front of a camera, let alone walk into a dojo with an undeniable physical presence commanding your attention leaving anyone saying the word “ah” when he comes face to face with a lucky fan in no doubt gets to see him perform his fighting routine.
Ip Man was a legend in his own right, he was the man who help to mold this Lee into a virtual killing machine. But Ip Man wasn’t about violence of any kind, Lee on the other hand was a different story.
(Rare photo of a Bruce Lee / Yip Man also known as – “Ip Man” – spar session)
Often finding himself in situations he probably didn’t think to be placed in, Lee was cocky, powerful, and fast, all the things that define a young man on a mission, he was on the mission to be the best of the best martial art fighters of his time.
But Lee was an always a great individual, he knew others looked up to him as a mentor. And it was Lee’s shear determination that help him to keep that fighter’s edge razor-sharp.
Which brings me to the focus of this article today..
This article will focus on his exercise training routines, which would could probably give even Floyd Mayweather a run for his money.
Bruce Lee’s workout regime
First and foremost is the understanding of Lee’s strong belief in physical and mental health, to him concentrating on conditioning these areas specifically would give a person optimal health.
Lee had everything to offer that would categorized him as an athlete by all rights, if you took his picture and posted it on any health magazine the is a huge guarantee it will attract many social media surfer in no time as well as receiving thousands upon thousands of facebook likes.
Today on social media there are a lot of people out there who are looking for a workout regime to incorporate into the ir routine, there is even the internet that can help make the search easier and faster, and the best source of suggestions would be linking to an individual who could give you insight to achieve just that.
Hence the video below…
Lee’s idea of a daily workout would have the average Joe grasping for air LOL, that’s just putting it mildly.
The man was a virtual machine, and I’ll layout his routine steps in the bulletin coming up right now…
Bruce’s Training Principals
Muscle tension was often looked upon as a symptom rather than a physical training method except for individuals such as Bruce Lee.
He saw it as a way to use it as “leverage“ when learning to condition the body to the point where he has control through powerful contraction of muscles. This would later lead up to his creation of the “Jeet Kune Do” fighting technique & style.
(Lee’s Famous “thumb / finger tips push-ups”)
The best example demonstrated by him would be performing basic push-ups. When Lee perform push-ups, he would concentrate on body contraction methods that engages the entire body through the push-up exercise — he would create tension by tightening the body’s muscles through the exercise simultaneously — this prevents loss of strength during the workout, and increases the routine’s effectiveness overall.
Tightening areas such as the…
• Lower Back
• Quadriceps (keeping your knees, legs, tight, rigid)
• Bridging the body on the toes during the push-up sequence (toe tension)
This accommodates the push-up sequence he followed and loved to do.
• Co-Existing The Mind With Muscle – Which sounds a bit off the wall, but remember we’re addressing Bruce Lee’s methodology to a more effective workout routine.
Lee believed in the “Isotension“ principle, this means that he would go the extra mile by adding extend workout periods to his routines, this falls into the category of “hypertensive” workout training.
The basic idea here is adding 10 seconds of quality time resistance at the ending sequence of a workout, this will help to grow muscle endurance, and expand muscle size, this is done body contracting multiple muscle groups simultaneously during the 10-second interval after the workout.
• What You Can & Cannot Lift (enter the launching curl method) – Yes that was another key factor in Lee’s physical training, and this theory centered around the principles of tension.
Lee had a particular exercise where he would do arm curls with a curling bar, and when he reach the point at the high-end of the curl exercise (do a curl reaching the climax point of the repetition), he would then “launch” the curl bar outward and draw it back towards his body.
This is referred to as “bar bell launch curls”.
The Kicker However was that…
He was doing that with 120 pounds of Actual weight??
Yea insane is all you can say, but he reaped serious benefits by doing so, thus adding a higher level of pure physical power and conditioning, accessible to him literally at his fingertips.
The key here is muscle memory, you see your muscles react to whatever you lift, and the mind controls your muscles because after all, what else can tell your muscle how much force you need to lift, push, or pull any object.
Once it’s done in repetitions (reoccurring motions), your muscles will gradually adapt to the desired training you are putting them through. The more conditioning done throughout the workout session, the easier it will become over time because your muscles are getting use to the routine.
NOTE: Understand that when you’re lifting weights, you want your muscles to actual do the work for you. Never assume you can lift any weight because you’re telling yourself you can, that’s foolish, working various muscle groups in unified fashion will help you accomplish the task of lifting the weight.
You should always keep in mind to let your body have a chance to recuperate from an intense workout session. Never workout back to back each day (on the same muscle group) that’s NOT GOOD, and you could potentially wind up hurting yourself as a result.
Instead switch up your routine primary focusing on the intended target area in various muscles group exercises. The following day you may want to proceed with a workout session on the primary muscle group you focused on 2 days ago. Basically, you want to give yourself a day off, the same way an employee who is too tired to go into to work at their job.
It’s nothing wrong when taking a day off, just remember to curve what you eat that particular day!
On you’re actual workout day you want to supplement more food in your diet (just remember to NOT over do it), this will give the body needed energy to maintain its performance levels for your workout sessions.
Bruce Lee’s steel abs
Everyone should know that Lee’s workout sessions revolved around the abs.
To him this was one of the most crucial areas of the body, and they needed to solid like rock in order to sustain blows from a powerful opponent.
You would normally see scenes in his movies were he goes to town in a fight, and yes enemies would manage to get a punch in at his abdominal region.
Judging from the workouts he puts his abs though however, a punch may not feel like much to him. This again is contributed to the intense training and conditioning of muscle groups, and the abdominal region is a considerable area that needs to be durable for physical punishment.
Dragon Flag Ab Workout – Will test any man’s true physical condition all the way down to the wire, this is one of Lee’s most strength testing, and beneficial workout routine.
Notice the position Lee’s body mimics to perform the task at hand, his body “literally” extends like a flag waving in front of your very eyes.
He raises his legs, then lowers them, this is done in repetitive motion fully extended while doing the workout.
And at the end of the workout like I said before, you have to follow the intense workout up with a 10-second interval of muscle contracting simultaneously.
Just painful to watch you’re probably thinking… LOL.
BUT Super EFFECTIVE!
The way Bruce saw it, if you didn’t have a strong “core” (solid ab section), then you have no business jumping into the ring to fight an opponent who has a solid core mid-section.
That was Bruce’s perspective on the importance of perfecting a “solid core” region of the body.
It makes sense when you think about it, just like in other martial films with guys such as Jean-Claude Van Damme who also shared lee’s belief in solid ab section training.
You probably didn’t see this one coming…
Bolo Yeung’s son is featured in the video above (David Yeung, a.k.a. Bolo Jr.), the exercise routines that he uses I’m sure most of them he learned from his Father.
The reason I picked David Yeung is because of his workout regime, it’s complexed and requires much discipline to match the rigorous training it has to offer the trainee.
Some of the training styles you saw in the video were based on a unorthodox style, so to the average person who works out using a routine their comfortable with may find Yeung idea of training a suicide expedition LOL.
Anybody can perform a particular set of exercise routines no matter what they are, you just have to have “the focus”, “the will” and “the determination”, in order to do so.
Bolo Yeung himself was an orthodox fighter indeed, with his hysterical power he was often called “Chinese Hercules”, and for good reason LOL.
Yea Bolo would pretty much just throw you around like a Rag Doll!
Bruce Lee: The recover artist
Resilience Is Very Important! – This is a tool Lee definitely counted on during a fierce workout routine, he believe that if you don’t have anything gas left in the tank (metaphorically speaking), then you’re just a sitting duck in the water going nowhere.
But that of course was what you saw when he performed in front of the camera.
But no that’s not what the focus of resilience he was hinting about, he was talking about “chilling out”, taking it easy on yourself after training like a madman LOL.
I mention it briefly at the top of this article, the part about letting your muscles have a chance to relax from the tension you have placed upon them.
That was Lee’s aspect on hard tension training, which was taking some “downtime” giving the body a chance to rest up, and getting ready to do it all over again when it was time for another training session.
Aspects of Physical Recovery:
• Letting your muscles repair the damage done for intensive training
• Keep in mind that proper nutrition will play a huge part in the muscle recovery process
• He also focused on high-quality protein supplementation of foods
Also taking supplements such as Green Coffee Beans, Garcinia Cambogia, or even Raspberry Ketones and other weight-busting products won’t save you if you don’t deter from bad eating habits, all the work you will do will be for nothing if you don’t understand that most important golden rule.
Because After All…
– Bruce Lee
Well that’s what he would say…
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