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Bruce Lee and His Physical Fitness

· Lee’s devotion to fitness gave him a body that was admired by many of the top names in bodybuilding community. Joe Weider, the founder of Mr. Olympia, described Bruce’s physique as “the most defined body I’ve ever seen!” Many top bodybuilding competitors have indicated Bruce as a major influence on their bodybuilding careers including Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Rachel McLish, Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney, Linda Murray and 6 time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates. Arnold Schwarzenegger was also influenced by Bruce, and said of his body,
“Bruce Lee had a very–I mean a very defined physique. He had very little body fat. I mean, he probably had one of the lowest body fat counts of any athlete. And I think that’s why he looked so believable.”

A doctor who knew Lee once claimed that he was “Muscled as a squirrel, and spirited as a horse” and fitter than anyone he had ever seen.
Lee was known to have collected over 140 books in his lifetime on bodybuilding, weight training, physiology and kinesiology. In order to better train specific muscle groups, he also created several original designs of his own training equipment and had his friend George Lee builds them to his specifications.
Lee’s phenomenal fitness meant he was capable of performing many exceptional physical feats. The following list is the physical feats that are documented and supported by reliable sources.

· Lee’s striking speed from three feet with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second.
· Lee could spring a 235lb opponent 15 feet away with a 1-inch punch.
· Lee’s combat movements were at times too fast to be captured on film at 24fps; so many scenes were shot in 32fps to put Lee in slow motion. Normally martial arts films are sped up.
· In a speed demonstration, Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.
· Lee could perform push-ups using only his thumbs
· Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer.
· Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.

· Lee performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger
· Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
· From a standing position, Lee could hold a 125lb barbell straight out.
· Lee could break wooden boards six inches thick.
· Lee performed a side kick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150-pound punching bag
· Lee could cause a 300-lb bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a sidekick.

· In a move that has been dubbed “Dragon Flag”, Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso perfectly horizontal midair.
· Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola, at a time before cans were made of the softer aluminum metal.
· Lee would use one finger to leave dramatic indentations on pine wood.

I can believe some, but I’d like to have people post an opinion on just how much of this that you believe. I believe certain stuff about his speed but some of this sounds rediculously impossible even with lifetime training. I believe the part about sticking his fingers into pinewood because I understand the science of growing bone density like those guys who breaks bricks with their hands and head. But some is just hard to believe.

Bruce Lee no doubt had an extreme amount of drive, a good work ethic, and a solid and well thought out way of training his body. His genetics, however, are why he is really so awesome.

That amount of people who have the proper genetics to achieve Lee’s “relative strength” are 1 in a billion. Whatever his muscle fiber construction was and how he could achieve the levels of strength he did at 140-150lbs is astounding.

That it why it is ok to admire Bruce Lee: He was strong. Not just strong for his weight but strong by any measure. But unless you are a genetic freak like Lee whose muscle fiber construction allows you do develop superhuman strength with relativly little resulting hypertrophy then you should NOT go after the look Bruce Lee had.

Teenage Boys who struggle with 200 pound squats but have low bodyfat percentages and visible abs should not compare themselves to Bruce Lee or strive after his physique because it would go against what Bruce Lee stood for: Strength. Bruce Lee built a body that allowed him to be the most perfect athlete he could be…and that body happened to weigh 145lbs. If you want to be the most perfect athlete you can be, you’re probably going to need to approach 200 pounds and be shredded if you want to be close to what Bruce Lee was capable of.

I don’t want to take anything away from Bruce Lee. I just want to get across that point that Bruce Lee is pretty much the only person who can do what he did at his bodyweight and unless you’re part of the genetic elite, don’t expect anyone to think you’re cool when you hit a lean 140lbs.

The following list are more of the physical feats that are documented and supported by reliable sources.
�?� Lee could lift his leg and fart a fart that could drive back a 275lb opponent 150 yards away
�?� In a speed demonstration, Lee could vanish from a restaurant table within seconds of the waitress presenting the bill, leaving his companions to sit in awe
�?� Lee could lie on a couch and while flipping through old issues of Black Belt perform push-ups using only his mind
�?� When Lee was very young he was able to hold his breath for 60 seconds or longer when he really wanted something.
�?� Lee could throw a handful of M & Ms into the air and then using his tongue catch only the green ones as they fell
�?� Lee could perform one-hand push-ups while using someone else�??s hand
�?� Lee once performed 150 reps of jumping jacks without jock support
�?� Lee could bench press for reps a 125lb barbell while having a chopstick shoved up each nostril.
�?� Lee could break wooden boards with his six inch dick.
�?� Lee performed a secret and ancient Chinese front thrust move while training with a young Ann Margaret, and broke her hymen.
�?� Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola and break his fingers.

[quote]btbnashua wrote:
The following list are more of the physical feats that are documented and supported by reliable sources.
â¿¢ Lee could lift his leg and fart a fart that could drive back a 275lb opponent 150 yards away
â¿¢ In a speed demonstration, Lee could vanish from a restaurant table within seconds of the waitress presenting the bill, leaving his companions to sit in awe
â¿¢ Lee could lie on a couch and while flipping through old issues of Black Belt perform push-ups using only his mind
â¿¢ When Lee was very young he was able to hold his breath for 60 seconds or longer when he really wanted something.
â¿¢ Lee could throw a handful of M & Ms into the air and then using his tongue catch only the green ones as they fell
â¿¢ Lee could perform one-hand push-ups while using someone elseâ¿¿s hand
â¿¢ Lee once performed 150 reps of jumping jacks without jock support
â¿¢ Lee could bench press for reps a 125lb barbell while having a chopstick shoved up each nostril.
â¿¢ Lee could break wooden boards with his six inch dick.
â¿¢ Lee performed a secret and ancient Chinese front thrust move while training with a young Ann Margaret, and broke her hymen.
â¿¢ Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola and break his fingers.
[/quote]

Hysterical!

sed26 you don’t even realize what you’ve done.

wheres chuck norris when we need him?

[quote]sed26 wrote:

A doctor who knew Lee once claimed that he was "Muscled as a squirrel…[/quote]

Is that supposed to be a good thing?

[quote]Nikiforos wrote:
sed26 wrote:

A doctor who knew Lee once claimed that he was "Muscled as a squirrel…

Is that supposed to be a good thing?[/quote]

Depends on the squirrel.

lmao@ muscled like a squirrel then the picture

im assuming squirrels have a very low bf% and doctors have very lame analogys.

[quote]btbnashua wrote:
The following list are more of the physical feats that are documented and supported by reliable sources.
â¿¢ Lee could lift his leg and fart a fart that could drive back a 275lb opponent 150 yards away
â¿¢ In a speed demonstration, Lee could vanish from a restaurant table within seconds of the waitress presenting the bill, leaving his companions to sit in awe
â¿¢ Lee could lie on a couch and while flipping through old issues of Black Belt perform push-ups using only his mind
â¿¢ When Lee was very young he was able to hold his breath for 60 seconds or longer when he really wanted something.
â¿¢ Lee could throw a handful of M & Ms into the air and then using his tongue catch only the green ones as they fell
â¿¢ Lee could perform one-hand push-ups while using someone elseâ¿¿s hand
â¿¢ Lee once performed 150 reps of jumping jacks without jock support
â¿¢ Lee could bench press for reps a 125lb barbell while having a chopstick shoved up each nostril.
â¿¢ Lee could break wooden boards with his six inch dick.
â¿¢ Lee performed a secret and ancient Chinese front thrust move while training with a young Ann Margaret, and broke her hymen.
â¿¢ Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola and break his fingers.
[/quote]

You haven’t heard nothing yet!

  • Lee could piss a stream of pee that could rival the power of a fire hose.
  • Lee could blow out a booger the size of golf balls.
  • Lee could bust a nut in less than a fourth of a second.
  • The only thing that were smaller than his arms were his penis.
  • During the course of his whole life, Lee has never even seen weights before and that’s evident only by his small, slender tiny muscles that can’t even be compared to that of even a squirrel.

I really thought we were done with this shit

Dude… the guy’s been dead for like 40years.

Get over it!

And yes, I’ve done martial arts for over 10 years now and yes, when I was 18 I read all of bruce lee’s books and saw all his films.

Fantastic individual but at the end of the day he’s dead, has been a long, long time and we all need to get over it.

[quote]itsthetimman wrote:
I really thought we were done with this shit[/quote]

Did you see that 50 pound kid who asked if he should bulk? We’re just getting a new influx of n3wbs who make posts without ever reading anything in the article section or on the forums beforehand.

Dave Tate ate Bruce Lee with some fries, a milkshake, and 2 boxes of oreos.

I read he was 1% body fat, seriously.

[quote]Stronghold wrote:
Dave Tate ate Bruce Lee with some fries, a milkshake, and 2 boxes of oreos.[/quote]

Awesome.

[quote]superhero#1 wrote:
I read he was 1% body fat, seriously. [/quote]

Go Fuck yourself, seriously.

[quote]Stronghold wrote:
Dave Tate ate Bruce Lee with some fries, a milkshake, and 2 boxes of oreos.[/quote]

LOL!

bruce lee also starred in gay porn in the begining of his career.

can’t imagine wanting to be the same weight as a 15 year old prepubescent teen, but to each their own. Dave Tate would have eaten him, however you forgot to add it would be between 4 pop tarts.