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Bruce Lee The Art of Expressing the Human Body (Bruce Lee Library) Paperback – November 15, 1998
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"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
"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
"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
"…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
"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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- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; 1st edition (November 15, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804831297
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804831291
- Item Weight : 1.69 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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In particular, I have added certain exercises to my own programme from this very readable book put together by John Little, especially forearm, abdominal and cardiovascular routines. I also exercise punching with weights which has so many benefits ranging from upper body strength and conditioning to cardio and development. Although this will not turn me into a twenty first century Bruce Lee, I have seen and I can feel the benefits gained from using the knowledge in this book.
Therefore, I have no hesitation in awarding this beautifully produced book a five star rating, and I recommend it very highly to anyone interested in Bruce Lee.
The key parts of this book discuss stretching, cardio and various strength routines all used by Lee at various points and explained how they can be used to achieve similar results. Most routines are easily achieved using modern gym equipment and many require none at all.
You will however not be able to rely on this book alone if you wish to develop a physique like Lee’s. None of the explanations of the various exercises go into enough detail and so require prior knowledge or a bit of research. For example, you shouldn’t try exercises like the squat, bench press or clean and press without the correct technique, which isn’t detailed in the book. Additionally although there is a chapter on nutrition it doesn’t contain enough detail on the diet necessary to develop muscle and lose fat. The old saying that you can’t out-train a bad diet has become cliche for a reason. Diet is without a doubt the most important part of developing a strong and lean physique. For this further reading will be required.
Ultimately this book is a worthy addition to any health and fitness collection. The focus is on strength and conditioning, not martial arts. It contains sound advice and some great training programmes that will add variety to your own. Ideally you will have some training knowledge to make the best use of this piece however the instruction and insight contained within will benefit anyone looking to develop themselves.
A great addition to my library. A book that you read for specific needs / thoughts on a topic rather than a front to back read through.
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He left several manuscripts, thoughts, movies, poems, traces of himself.
Bruce Lee is considered the father of MMA, to find part or less agree on the issue, I can only say that he expressed his way of being, without lying.
This book is like watching (in my opinion) to the growth of small seedling that becomes the oak.
The book collects all the exercises that Sifu Lee performed, the card routine in the gym, as well as a complete section that is explained by testimony and notes of the same small dragon, the diet you choose, up to his untimely demise.
Dedicated to the fans, I can only recommend this book to have even among those who have already purchased. I would add that the quality of these publications is up to my expectations.
Good Read and Walk On