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Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee's astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee's astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities, Lee's physical appearance and strength were truly astounding. He achieved this through an intensive and ever-evolving conditioning regime that is being revealed for the first time in this book. Drawing on Lee's notes, letters, diaries and training logs, Bruce Lee historian John Little presents the full extent of Lee's unique training methods including nutrition, aerobics, isometrics, stretching and weight training. In addition to serving as a record of Bruce Lee's training, The Art of Expressing the Human Body, with its easy-to-understand and simple-to-follow training routines, is a valuable source book for those who seek dramatic improvement in their health, conditioning, physical fitness, and appearance. This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features: Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu Bruce Lee: Artist of Life Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do


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Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee's astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities Learn the secrets to obtaining Bruce Lee's astounding physique with this insightful martial arts training book. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities, Lee's physical appearance and strength were truly astounding. He achieved this through an intensive and ever-evolving conditioning regime that is being revealed for the first time in this book. Drawing on Lee's notes, letters, diaries and training logs, Bruce Lee historian John Little presents the full extent of Lee's unique training methods including nutrition, aerobics, isometrics, stretching and weight training. In addition to serving as a record of Bruce Lee's training, The Art of Expressing the Human Body, with its easy-to-understand and simple-to-follow training routines, is a valuable source book for those who seek dramatic improvement in their health, conditioning, physical fitness, and appearance. This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features: Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu Bruce Lee: Artist of Life Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do

30 review for Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Aitken

    It's not a great book (published posthumously). It's worth reading, though. The editor collects all of Lee's workout styles and does a decent job of organizing them. What struck me was that there was no "secret magic technique" to Lee's workout. He alternated between weights, kettlebells, and bodyweight in a fairly normal and straightfoward manner. Contra to what the Roid Monkeys would say, Lee's workouts were along the lines of 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps. Roughly the same as most strength trainers. T It's not a great book (published posthumously). It's worth reading, though. The editor collects all of Lee's workout styles and does a decent job of organizing them. What struck me was that there was no "secret magic technique" to Lee's workout. He alternated between weights, kettlebells, and bodyweight in a fairly normal and straightfoward manner. Contra to what the Roid Monkeys would say, Lee's workouts were along the lines of 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps. Roughly the same as most strength trainers. The section on abs and lower back is pretty good (the latter for safety's sake).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Imraan

    An excellent biography of Bruce Lee's fitness and training regimen, devoid of sensationalism. Bruce Lee was a man that valued practicality, and this book emphasizes the practicality and functionality of the exercises he used. Compiled from his personal notes and first-hand evidence of Bruce Lee's friends and family, this book feels like the blueprint that Bruce Lee wrote for himself. Bruce Lee was not born a legend. He built himself through dedication and hard work, and this book is an excellent An excellent biography of Bruce Lee's fitness and training regimen, devoid of sensationalism. Bruce Lee was a man that valued practicality, and this book emphasizes the practicality and functionality of the exercises he used. Compiled from his personal notes and first-hand evidence of Bruce Lee's friends and family, this book feels like the blueprint that Bruce Lee wrote for himself. Bruce Lee was not born a legend. He built himself through dedication and hard work, and this book is an excellent motivation and guide to do the same.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Blake

    Bruce Lee was the ultimate expression of the human animal, in body, mind and soul. The Art of Expressing the Human Body, painstakingly edited by John Little, is probably the best insight into his rigorous physical training.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blaise Morita

    If your birthday occurred in the 20th century, chances are you are familiar with the talents of the legendary Bruce Lee. From bringing martial arts to the masses to representing the very heights of physical fitness, Lee was regarded as an elite athlete and charismatic presence. It is no wonder that his views on everything from training to diet is taken as gospel among many circles. That breath of knowledge and experience with training is cataloged in Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Bo If your birthday occurred in the 20th century, chances are you are familiar with the talents of the legendary Bruce Lee. From bringing martial arts to the masses to representing the very heights of physical fitness, Lee was regarded as an elite athlete and charismatic presence. It is no wonder that his views on everything from training to diet is taken as gospel among many circles. That breath of knowledge and experience with training is cataloged in Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Vol. 4. Compiled by noted Bruce Lee authority John Little, The Art of Expressing the Human Body is presented as a step by step instructional, with explanations and backstory, told from one of the greatest martial artists and athletic specimens of the 20th century. Among the many golden nuggets of training tips includes in-depth routines, regimens, exercise details, dietary advice, and actual notes and quotations taken directly from Lee's own library. Whether an expert martial artist or novice aficionado of Bruce Lee, The Art of Expressing the Human Body remains a necessary read and essential reference guide to understand the techniques Bruce Lee used to ascend the physical fitness ladder.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miroku Nemeth

    At this time of baseless memes and hagiographic hyperbole, a book on Lee's actual training regimen is needed. Controversy, legend, hyperbole, and rumor surround the life and death of Bruce Lee, but the irrefutable fact of the matter is that he had an awesome physique that was the product of years of training, discipline, and hard work. This book avoids much that is controversial about the inimitable (though many have tried) "Little Dragon",and sometimes ventures into near hagiography, but still, At this time of baseless memes and hagiographic hyperbole, a book on Lee's actual training regimen is needed. Controversy, legend, hyperbole, and rumor surround the life and death of Bruce Lee, but the irrefutable fact of the matter is that he had an awesome physique that was the product of years of training, discipline, and hard work. This book avoids much that is controversial about the inimitable (though many have tried) "Little Dragon",and sometimes ventures into near hagiography, but still, much can be gleaned from such a work that is of great value and extremely inspirational. Using interviews with his family, close friends, and colleagues as well as his personal notes, the book gives a clear outline of his various workout routines over the years, from traditional Wing Chun to circuit training and the development of Jeet Kune Do. Worth purchasing if one wants inspiration in one's workout routine (I have added several of his exercises to mine since reading it), or just wants to learn more about this great martial artist and thinker.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Demeter77

    This book is like getting a glimpse into the mind of a legend. Some of the weight training protocols are outdated and strength training has evolved since, but that's not the point of this book. If you're looking for actual strength training advice, then you're better off going with modern texts like Starting Strength, Tactical Barbell, or 5/3/1. What's brilliant about this book is Lee's entire approach, mindset and philosophy. Very inspiring. Even if you're not a Bruce Lee fan, but have an intere This book is like getting a glimpse into the mind of a legend. Some of the weight training protocols are outdated and strength training has evolved since, but that's not the point of this book. If you're looking for actual strength training advice, then you're better off going with modern texts like Starting Strength, Tactical Barbell, or 5/3/1. What's brilliant about this book is Lee's entire approach, mindset and philosophy. Very inspiring. Even if you're not a Bruce Lee fan, but have an interest in athletics, martial arts or acheiving other goals, this is like reading the master's notebook.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hisoka

    Amazing insight into the training methodologies and mind of one of the greatest MA pioneers of all time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Herman Litt

    Simple, efficient training. Absorb what's useful and add your own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Max

    This is not to be taken as a literal guidebook. Rather, it should be used for motivation and inspiration. Reading this book imbues its readers with the unprecedented mindset that was innate to Bruce Lee: to keep experimenting with what works best for one's body, to test and push oneself and to keep on improving. This is the big lesson I took from Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body: striving for constant improvement - never satisfied but always wanting more. Reading this book can get This is not to be taken as a literal guidebook. Rather, it should be used for motivation and inspiration. Reading this book imbues its readers with the unprecedented mindset that was innate to Bruce Lee: to keep experimenting with what works best for one's body, to test and push oneself and to keep on improving. This is the big lesson I took from Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body: striving for constant improvement - never satisfied but always wanting more. Reading this book can get you into this mindset and may motivate you to move more. In fact, it may even motivate you to be like Bruce Lee and stretch your legs, read a book and do biceps curls at the same time. As it happens, I am writing this review while in a hamstring stretch, doing curls with my free hand and mentally preparing myself for the next epic Kung-Fu battle I'm surely going to win. Like Bruce, I hope I won't take too long to defeat my opponent. Otherwise I'd be devastated and completely overhaul my training regimen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheehan

    Had this book on a shelf for years, stuck at home, I have been cannibalizing my "lost ones" on the old bookshelf. Not being able to walk, and reading about Bruce Lee's workouts and methodology for physiology was a bit strange... The book was interesting in the "whys", the "hows" were actually rehash from years of lifting weights and reading Men's Health magazine in my 20's, so nothing new to learn here aside from Lee's super-high level of discipline and auto-didactic method in which Bruce effecti Had this book on a shelf for years, stuck at home, I have been cannibalizing my "lost ones" on the old bookshelf. Not being able to walk, and reading about Bruce Lee's workouts and methodology for physiology was a bit strange... The book was interesting in the "whys", the "hows" were actually rehash from years of lifting weights and reading Men's Health magazine in my 20's, so nothing new to learn here aside from Lee's super-high level of discipline and auto-didactic method in which Bruce effectively created his own workouts; which falls entirely in line with his martial arts' economies of movement and efficacy of strikes. If you are a fighter, this would be like finding the path to proficiency of a grandmaster, and having a chance to walk in his footsteps. In fact, one of the fun asides is an epilogue discussion about what happened to Bruce Lee's Marcy Circuit training set-up when he left HK in 1970s... I won't spoil it for you, but I enjoyed the findings!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Although this book contained a lot of repeated information, the fact is it’s well researched and presents Bruce Lee’s actual workouts and approach to fitness. I had been looking for this book for nearly 10 years and am, happy to have finally found and completed it. It did not blow me away as I expected it to, but the info is down to earth and personable (delving here and there into Bruce Lee’s life.) If you’re into fitness and wonder what it is that separates you from this manbeast, you’ll certain Although this book contained a lot of repeated information, the fact is it’s well researched and presents Bruce Lee’s actual workouts and approach to fitness. I had been looking for this book for nearly 10 years and am, happy to have finally found and completed it. It did not blow me away as I expected it to, but the info is down to earth and personable (delving here and there into Bruce Lee’s life.) If you’re into fitness and wonder what it is that separates you from this manbeast, you’ll certainly find insights here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kris French

    Strong insights into how Bruce Lee approached fitness and exercise with workout descriptions and programs. It's not a how-to book, but more a list of things Lee did and why. If you want to apply them to your own life, you'll need further resources.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Great resource on a variety of workout routines and motivation for the martial artist. A must have for anyone into health/fitness and martial arts.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neale Anderson

    Can be quite repetitive. There are some nuggets in here though...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chanakya

    Long live mentor Bruce Lee

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

    Good, well woth your time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    I read these books over and over for a reason. WORTH IT.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    Even by today’s standards in which movie stars have personal trainers and scientifically formulated diets, Bruce Lee’s physique compares favorably to the most buff of leading men. In the 70’s there was no one even close. Consider “Way of the Dragon” in which Lee fights a character played by Chuck Norris. At the time Norris was the World Middleweight Karate Champion, a top-ranked athlete, but he looks comparatively doughy set across from Lee. What makes Little’s book intriguing for those interest Even by today’s standards in which movie stars have personal trainers and scientifically formulated diets, Bruce Lee’s physique compares favorably to the most buff of leading men. In the 70’s there was no one even close. Consider “Way of the Dragon” in which Lee fights a character played by Chuck Norris. At the time Norris was the World Middleweight Karate Champion, a top-ranked athlete, but he looks comparatively doughy set across from Lee. What makes Little’s book intriguing for those interested in fitness is that it answers the question of how Lee achieved such a physique without the benefit of the last few decades of exercise and nutrition science. Sure, he had favorably genetics, but he also had—by all accounts—a sterling work ethic and a conscientious approach to fitness. I wouldn’t recommend that one follow the programs described in this book wholesale without careful evaluation of the details. While Lee was impressive, he wasn’t free of athletic injuries. Best practices have shifted here and there with regard to the science of human performance. This isn’t meant to denigrate Lee’s approach. In fact, Lee, himself, followed the science of his time and recommended his students do the same. (For those unfamiliar with Lee’s martial art, Jeet Kune Do, its central tenet is to take what is of value and let go of what is not—i.e. never rigidly hold onto set notions.) It should also be noted that Lee—perhaps because of this philosophy—was often ahead of his time on issues like cross-training. I don’t want to leave the impression that there isn’t a lot that holds up well in this book. I’m saying that this is a book about how one man achieved spectacular results, but shouldn’t necessarily be taken as one’s one-and-only guide to fitness (though it does cover much of the relevant territory.) Intermediate and advanced fitness practitioners should know what to take and what to leave, but beginners should proceed with caution. The book addresses Lee’s approaches to isometrics, weight training, calisthenics, flexibility, nutrition, cardio, and what would today be called functional training (i.e. fitness activities designed to better one’s performance of movements of the sort that one will use in one’s intended activity—in this case martial arts.) It’s important to note that Lee’s approach was optimized to the martial arts. For martial arts one needs a balanced approach to fitness, and it’s not all about aesthetics like it is for bodybuilders. One must be flexible as well as strong and be mobile more than muscly. The books 24 chapters and ancillary matter are logically arranged. The chapters at the fore provide general information on weightlifting and related topics, the middle of the book is gets into specialized exercises by body part as well as special topics like stretching and nutrition, and the final few chapters get into sequencing and other information about how Lee arranged his fitness activities. Little draws heavily on Lee’s notes, often using his words verbatim. The one way in which I think the book could be substantially improved would be more relevant photos and graphics, particularly in the sections that deal with specialized exercises. Don’t get me wrong, there are many photos in the book. However, they are all of Lee, and, of course, he had a great deal more photos taken either in action sequences (e.g. flying kicks, etc.) or in candid moments. There are few photos of Lee engaged in “sausage-making” activities like lifting weights or doing calisthenics. However, the subject in the photo need not be Lee. Photos would also allow the author to make the text in those chapters a little less heavy and more readable, and—therefore—it wouldn’t necessarily add to page count as much as one might think. I’d recommend this book for fitness enthusiasts and martial artists. From beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone to take away from this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Mooney

    I picked up this book on a whim in hopes of gleaning some ideas for exercises and learning a bit more about Bruce Lee himself. Having a background as a barefoot marathon/ultra runner, I was particularly interested in the chapter dealing with Bruce's jogging and sprinting regimen. He seems to have used a fairly standard combination of 'warm up' runs and times sprints to build endurance. But what intrigued me the most was how he varied his foot landings depending on how fast or slow he was going, I picked up this book on a whim in hopes of gleaning some ideas for exercises and learning a bit more about Bruce Lee himself. Having a background as a barefoot marathon/ultra runner, I was particularly interested in the chapter dealing with Bruce's jogging and sprinting regimen. He seems to have used a fairly standard combination of 'warm up' runs and times sprints to build endurance. But what intrigued me the most was how he varied his foot landings depending on how fast or slow he was going, using heel strikes for longer slower distances, mid foot strikes for shorter distances, and forefoot strikes for sprints. This puts him in keeping with many recent studies on natural human gate and foot strike patterns. I personally found his approach to building and maintaining endurance through sprinting to be very well-founded, and have been able to integrate more speedwork into my routine by mimicking his. The rest of the book was really good as well, and I am sure any boxers and weight lifters will find plenty of interesting material in it. The sections dealing with core strength in particular should prove useful to athletes of any sort. What surprised me somewhat is that Bruce's techniques for training his punches or building his arms were generally not at all strange or particularly exotic. He used barbells, chin-up bars, jump ropes, hefty punching bags, and focus pads. His workouts were not prolonged affairs either; they generally only lasted around twenty of thirty minutes. I suppose the most important takeaway from this work is that no matter what you do for exercise, whether you are a power-lifter, martial artist, or endurance athlete, there is no 'magic super-route' to fitness. It's all about finding a technique that works, sticking to it, and constantly improving it as you learn.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Y H

    I started really training after reading this shit so im def putting five stars on top of this [email protected] I started really training after reading this shit so im def putting five stars on top of this b$&@h

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    One of the books that first inspired me to pick up weight training years ago! I truly believe that BEYOND being the father of modern MMA with his hybrid/empirical science-method based training practices, I also believe he was one of the first to usher in what is now known as CrossFit (called ‘circuit training’ in the book). Bruce was a true MAD SCIENTIST when it came to developing the human body, and it’s great to see his workout regimen first hand; including diet and nutrition choices. I request One of the books that first inspired me to pick up weight training years ago! I truly believe that BEYOND being the father of modern MMA with his hybrid/empirical science-method based training practices, I also believe he was one of the first to usher in what is now known as CrossFit (called ‘circuit training’ in the book). Bruce was a true MAD SCIENTIST when it came to developing the human body, and it’s great to see his workout regimen first hand; including diet and nutrition choices. I requested the beef with oyster sauce at his favorite restaurant Tai Tung in Seattle, which is still under the same ownership as when Bruce visited — highly recommend if you're in the area! (in the heart of Chinatown near his original Jeet Kune Do school's in Seattle). Also very interesting to see how Bruce's training routine evolved from his influence with asian american bodybuilder friends in the early days, and into more functional training (less aesthetic, bulky muscles) later on. His original notes and training routines are included, which is pure GOLD to see in his own handwriting. Recommended for Bruce Lee, MMA, martial arts fans, or workout/training inspiration in general!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    This book was about the hard work put into the body of Bruce Lee. the unseen truth behind what he did to accomplish the things he did. they interview the people he worked out with. they also interview the people that was blessed enough to see him at work. This book really wasn't what I had expected it was good but I was thinking it would be more about the action that had went on in his everyday life. but it wasn't it was mostly about how he would train and prepare for things like his movies or li This book was about the hard work put into the body of Bruce Lee. the unseen truth behind what he did to accomplish the things he did. they interview the people he worked out with. they also interview the people that was blessed enough to see him at work. This book really wasn't what I had expected it was good but I was thinking it would be more about the action that had went on in his everyday life. but it wasn't it was mostly about how he would train and prepare for things like his movies or lifting a car those are just some examples coming from out the book. But it wasn't bad because it was like I was reading how to eat better and how to get the best out of a work out. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody unless they are looking to get stronger and put these workouts to use

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

    Anyone who has an interst in Bruce Lee and his philosophy of fitness will enjoy this book. It contains everything from his workouts, diet, life story and other great details about Bruce Lee and his life. I enjoyed reading about how Bruce Lee worked hard for his great physique and all the hard work he put into it. I still reference this book for some workouts regarding my strength training, flexibility trainging, and martial arts routines. If you have no real interest in fitness you could probably Anyone who has an interst in Bruce Lee and his philosophy of fitness will enjoy this book. It contains everything from his workouts, diet, life story and other great details about Bruce Lee and his life. I enjoyed reading about how Bruce Lee worked hard for his great physique and all the hard work he put into it. I still reference this book for some workouts regarding my strength training, flexibility trainging, and martial arts routines. If you have no real interest in fitness you could probably find a better Bruce Lee book to read than this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexander H***l

    I was tempted to give this three stars but overall I think this is a good book. Parts of the book are redundant but once you learn to skip over the same exercise descriptions over and over its a good read. My favorite section was chapter 5 ( The 20 Minute Strength and Shape Routine). The chapter describes a routine very similar to Starting Strength. His emphasis on strength and flexibility (combined, commonly referred to as mobility) shows Bruce Lee truly understood fitness. Forty years later st I was tempted to give this three stars but overall I think this is a good book. Parts of the book are redundant but once you learn to skip over the same exercise descriptions over and over its a good read. My favorite section was chapter 5 ( The 20 Minute Strength and Shape Routine). The chapter describes a routine very similar to Starting Strength. His emphasis on strength and flexibility (combined, commonly referred to as mobility) shows Bruce Lee truly understood fitness. Forty years later strength training and mobility are now the new trends. Will reference this book again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Koshin

    This book gives some insight into Bruce Lee's training methods. He was a pioneer in his approach to combining weight training, cardio vascular training, circuit training combined with martial arts practice. This book is good if you are looking for ideas on supplementing your martial arts training and you can easily incorporate and modify some of the workouts to suit your own needs.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt Mackey

    Very insightful look into the training methods (and training philosophy) of the Man himself. This was my first training guide, and started me down the long road into the world of fitness...You don't read it as much as browse. There's a good bit of information to be unpacked by a discerning eye, and a lot of wisdom behind his practices.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Chermack

    Probably the most fascinating book on Bruce Lee yet. It covers not his film career or martial arts training, but his physical training. Not many realize that Bruce Lee was an innovator in physical training and body building. This book documents, as much as possible, what he did for training and how he built his body to be capable of the amazing feats he was capable of.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abieffendi

    a very good book I got 3 years ago. I think the content is quite elaborate on how to get body like Bruce Lee. The book also share Bruce Lee's philosophy which might give you the foundation of bruce lee's exercise. I think this is the greatest book about Bruce Lee because the greatest thing about Bruce Lee is, in my opinion, his body and what he could do with it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ian Causton

    This was recommended to me without really knowing the specific subject matter. I was astonished at how much weight training Bruce Lee incorporated into his regime. It was totally fascinating/inspiring.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason Estepa

    A book for anyone interested in the evolution of Bruce Lee's physical training. Has very detailed training plans that can be followed if you wish to model Bruce's training style. Also includes a look at his daily training journals. I found this book very useful for my own training.

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