I bought "The Art Of Expressing The Human Body" couple of months ago. A book compiled by John Little. For those who don't know who he is;
well, Little is a bodybuilding expert and by the way the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee’s personal notes, sketches, and reading annotations.
For the past seven years I've been hard at work compiling all (and I mean ALL) of Bruce Lee's training programs,
notes and annotations on physical training for a book series that, like Lee's training methods, has proved to be constantly evolving.
And what amazes me after having looked through all of his materials is just how thorough his knowledge of training actually was.
The book starts with an introduction, a chapter on isometrics, followed by all the training routines (in chronological order) Bruce Lee used. Every time he gained more knowledge on the topic and felt the current routine wasn't up to his standards, he created a new one. After going through all the routines in detail, the book dedicates a complete chapter to abdominals (perhaps the most visually striking muscles of Lee) and one chapter to forearms (Lee was a forearm fanatic). Then it lists the best exercises for different body parts. After that a chapter titled The Tao Of Flexibility
, listing a couple of stretching exercises and explaining why/when/how one should stretch. Next chapter is about cardiovascular training which Bruce considered to be "real-world power". Then a chapter titled Applied Power: training with the heavy bag
, followed by an interval training program. After that a chapter titled Fueling The Dragon (nutrition)
. Well, after seeing the tremendous muscular definition of Lee's body, one could be forgiven for assuming that he was an expert in (among other things) nutrition. He didn't give the subject more than a cursory investigation. The task fell to Lee's wife, Linda, to assume the responibility for preparing the food. According to Linda, "I was the one who did more research in the field of nutrition because, truthfully, Bruce couldn't boil water - nor did he care to learn."
Well, any Bruce Lee fan knows that Lee's physique looked its most defined/"ripped" during the movie Enter The Dragon
Not that his muscles looked any bigger or more shapely, but the level of definition they had acquired was absolutely astounding.
Even bodybuilding magnate Joe Weider, the man responsible for bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger to the United States, and someone who has "seen them all" told Little that he had "never seen a level of muscular definition to equal that of Bruce Lee in the photographs I've seen of him in Enter The Dragon
Why did his physique look leaner and more defined, with each muscle group standing out in bold relief? The only contributing factor (Lee's diet and aerobic and activity level had not changed) was his acquisition in December 1972, and subsequent implementation into his daily training, of a multi-exercise weight-training machine called the Marcy Circuit Trainer.
So I (inspired by Lee) decided, 35 years later, to buy myself a multi-station homegym.
The Bodycraft K1 http://en.helisports.nl/homegyms/BodyCraft-K1-Home-Gym.html
Plus a heavy bag and abshaper http://en.helisports.nl/abshapers.html
To be honest, I've never really paid attention to my body/health/diet. But I must say that I've always been in great shape. For example, during my school years I've always been the best in literally everything at gym class. I'm 1m70 (Lee was 5' 7½" = 1m71). I weigh 58kg (Lee's lowest weight was 125lbs = 57kg). I'm not comparing myself to Bruce Lee, because this numbers say nothing. But
even though I can count all the workouts I did in my life on one hand, I'm in good shape, and if you saw me you'd think I work out daily. Anyway, I'll stop bragging now.
I hope we can share ideas here on training methods.
What routine do you follow? What are your goals*, achievements...?
Who is in favor of or opposed to weight machines, who is for free weights?
*I guess my goal is clear enough for all