- Series: Bruce Lee Library (Book 4)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st edition (November 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804831297
- ISBN-13: 978-0804831291
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 193 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Art of Expressing the Human Body, the fourth volume in Tuttle's Bruce Lee Library, is attributed to martial arts titan Bruce Lee, but he is referred to throughout in the third person. Editor John Little has, however, produced a fitness book based closely on Lee's own exercises and beliefs, illustrated with pictures of the master in action" —Publishers Weekly
"The Bruce Lee Library stands as a definitive presentation of Bruce Lee's magnificent legacy. Each volume belongs on the bookshelf of every serious martial artist." —Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus
"…Bruce Lee books are now also available in ebook format…That's great; it's nice if you're traveling to take everything with you in one little small container so-to-speak." —Martial Thoughts Podcast
"All types of knowledge ultimately leads to self-knowledge. So, therefore, these people are coming in and asking me to teach them, not so much how to defend themselves or how to do somebody in. Rather, they want to learn to express themselves through some movement, be it anger, be it determination, or whatever. So, in other words, they're paying me to show them, in combative form the art of expressing the human body." —Bruce Lee
"I suggest you read this book and use it to motivate yourself to pursue whatever goals you strive for in life. Here is the record of a man who had to overcome his own obstacles in life, and who achieved success because he believed in himself. Perhaps you can use this inspiration to achieve your own success. Even now, I feel Bruce's presence, and he still motivates me to this day. When I'm lifting weights…I max out my workout by doing one more rep for the old man upstairs and then do one for Bruce. It never fails!" —Allen Joe, from the Foreword
"His teachings (some of which were captured in his book The Art of Expressing the Human Body) served as the basis for many subsequent popular training and fitness programs such as Tae Bo and P90X." —Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes
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1. The author padded the book a bit too much. I found some of the motivations for each chapter to be too long-winded. Bruce Lee seemed to care a lot about efficiency, and the book isn't presented in an efficient way.
2. Having the lists of exercises and the descriptions of each is really nice. The pictures included have little-to-nothing to do with the exercises, however. It would be great to have some helpful figures/photos for each of the exercises (yes, I realize YouTube exists... but again, fancy pictures of Bruce Lee are not helpful at all, and simply add to the fluff.
This short review cannot due this book justice. If you desire to know the various exercise routines and equipment Bruce used to become super fighting fit, this is a must read book. Interestingly, in my own search I used many of the same sources when I was training seriously in the martial arts. Bruce did not seek out a bodybuilder’s hugeness but his hard muscular body was focused on creating more power and speed in his techniques. He sought out exercise programs from a wide variety of systems.
Some of the many tools he used to build his strength and power include the following: Isometric (8 basic) exercises, barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells, circuit training routines, the Enter the Dragon routine for martial artists, abdominal exercises, forearm exercises, Bruce Lee’s top 7 exercises for the neck and shoulders, and his top exercises for building the chest, back, arms, legs and calves. He also had a routine when training with the heavy bag and numerous other exercise programs.
If you desire to understand what it takes to be the best you can be in any martial art, this book is for you. Bruce Lee understood clearly the essential fitness factors that go into any martial art training routine. This book in my opinion is a classic on the training methods of the late Bruce Lee.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Co-Author: The Monadnock (MDTS) Defensive Tactics System)
Although I've got a number of books on bodybuilding and fitness, this book really helped me make the resolution to lose an extra 40 pounds that I've been carrying around, and got me started on the path to doing it.
I always thought of circuit training as something girls do, but I discovered it's actually a great way to maintain or gain muscle while losing weight. Although I've been lifting for about six months (I've lifted seriously at two points in the past) I found I had a visible change in my physique after two weeks of circuit training + a high protein and whole food diet with almost no added sugar.
I like also that Bruce also explored some of the areas that often get overlooked in fitness programs, such as forearm development. (Most guys who work out at the gym have big biceps and triceps, and scrawny forearms -- although I'm looking into other books to learn more, this book got me started on the path of doing something about it rather than just complaining about it.)
This wouldn't be the only book you'd want to own about fitness, but it's the best one I own when it comes to morivating myself to get results and change my body.
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