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11 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2006
I was very disappointed in this book. It's not quite sure what it's supposed to be, and so, ends up being nothing. There are endless lists of workout routines that Bruce Lee supposedly used. But, they usually have little or no explanation, so are useless. There is no, repeat no, nutritional info that you can't find in a free booklet in any supermarket. There are weight training guidelines for rank beginners, but nothing that hasn't been done better by weight training or martial arts magazines.

There are many personal pictures of Bruce, and many apparently shot on his movie sets. But, they are not captioned, so we have no idea what's going on in the photos.

The only people who will get anything out of this book will be those trapped on an island where Bruce Lee is worshipped by a cult who has nothing else to read. It's a shame that the memory of Bruce Lee is being expoited in this hollow, useless way.
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10 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2003
I think people automatically assume something is good just because it has Bruce Lee's name on it.
This book lists a bunch of exercises, but doesn't show pictures for very many of them. The descriptions of the exercises are marginal at best. Pictures are useful when learning a new exercise, which is why they should definately be included in an instructional book. For this reason, the book as a learning tool is basically useless.
It's got some interesting info about how Bruce trained, but many of his methods are outdated.
If you're a Bruce Lee fanatic, it's worth a look at the library, but you may want to reconsider purchasing it.
If you're not a Bruce Lee fanatic, and you just want a descriptive exercise book, steer clear of this one.
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20 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2004
As I have written elsewhere (see reviews of "The Tao of Gung Fu" and "Striking Thoughts") the fundamental problem with these series is the editor's shameless idolatry of BL, rendering the books hardly readable for anyone who doesn't believe the late action star was the pinnacle of the martial arts' world. This time, Mr. Little attempts to investigate the purely physical side of BL (he insists there were others too but fails to make his point convincing) demonstrating once again the usual verbal acrobatics comparing BL to Olympic athletes etc. I understand that the word "fan" probably comes from the word "fanatic", so I suppose Mr. Little hasn't seen the bodies of, say, Olympic gymnasts lately -if he had, most of the comparisons would evaporate since these people usually share BL's vital stats and their bodies are (a) much better looking and, (b) functioning in the real world (i.e. not in the movies). Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but function is much less so. Oh, and BTW, if you want to see what really huge forearms look like on a real martial artist, check aikido teacher Tohei Koichi in the 1960s, when he was in his mid 40s.

Others have mentioned that the book is not a bodybuilding guide but a book on what (Mr. Little believes) BL did to build his body. Ahem, yes, but who would buy the book if he didn't mean to try these things out and create a BL body for himself? So it actually *is* a book on bodybuilding and the reader/buyer should view it as such. Is it a *good* book on bodybuilding? Well, maybe, if one chooses to forget that 30 years have passed since and exercise, like everything else, has progressed. Remember that the methods described here date back to the mid-60s when the comic books were full of Charles Atlas ads, Arnold hadn't hit the scene and steroids were unregulated and aplenty. If one tries the poorly researched improvisations Mr. Little supposes BL used, the results are probably going to be the same for him as they were for BL himself (i.e. overexercise, burnout and possible health damages). I'm not a doctor (or play one on TV) but the so-called programs the book "unveils" are the common haphazard experiments most teenagers (or teenager minded) "athletes" try when they want to build their muscles.

Of course the book has the usual faults (inconsistencies, inaccuracies, hyperbole etc.) but I guess the BL crowd will bypass those staying blind to the fact their idol suffers once again a damage being quoted as saying banalities oozing syntax errors. The basic problem is that the methodologies presented in this tome are contrary to both Asian philosophy (martial arts or other) and contemporary training theories and practices. The idea of adding arbitrarily more and more exercise to an already heavy training program without professional advice, radically changing programs every few months and training without rest, begs for health risks and history has shown BL suffered the worst of them. Add to these an almost complete lack of nutritional understanding and support (dropping all kinds of chemo/natural protein in a glass of milk and gulping two such glasses a day is not good for you, whatever your neighborhood iron-pumping coach says) and you have the worst squared.

The only interesting thing in this book, again for anyone interested enough to bypass the BS is that it discloses, albeit unintentionally, (a) how BL really built his body and (b) what he probably really died from. Considering that those days steroids weren't even thought as being bad for your health, that amateur bodybuilders like Lee popped them like M&Ms and that BL was very close to the local bodybuilding scene, a possible answer to both questions springs to mind. Alas what this book doesn't disclose, is the answer to the question that torments many real life martial arts' people, namely, what sport BL was an athlete in. Last time I checked, flexing your pecs and beating extras in front of a camera wasn't a sport, Olympic or other. Is it now? Darn IOC! I wonder what's it going to be next? Fashion modeling?

Fame does indeed bring out jealousy to some people. It also brings out blindness to many, many more...
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1 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
I tried this push-up Buchanan out for one week and i did n `t lose the 300 pounds i was promised i would lose.Bruce Lee needs to stop drinking Coffee.Get it AHA.
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