Art of Expressing the Human Body, The

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Tuttle Publishing, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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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, 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 own 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 own 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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User Review  - Mark_Oszoli - LibraryThing

If there is one book that deals specifically with Bruce Lee's physical fitness routine this is it. The thing about this book tough is Bruce Lee was always researching new and better ways to train his ... Read full review

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Specific for all martial artists, especially the aspiring Jeet Kune Do student. Lee teaches his views on expressing your body the Jeet Kune Do way. Expressing himself, as he likes to put it, with weights, was clearly a big part of his Jeet Kune Do philosophy. Throughout the book it's mentioned to essentially use it as a base, and that it's required for one to "learn how to fish", not to look at this book as a single fish to eat, but to use it to learn how to fish for yourself, and continue to always improve as a martial artist. That being said, it's very helpful to have a clear and organized rundown of some of Lee's exercises with picture results of the muscle group, as well as having some of his specific thoughts and notes on each muscle group. You can see his progress. The author also shared some of Lee's notes on making full use of the heavy bag, something he learned from researching professional boxers. For those of you looking at it like nothing more than a shady rundown of his exercises, well, I feel sorry for you.
Great book for the aspiring martial artist. But don't spend too much time reading it!
 

About the author (1998)

John Little is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Bruce Lee, his training methods, and philosophies. Little is the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee's personal notes, sketches, and reading annotations. He is the Associate Publisher of Bruce Lee magazine and the managing editor of Knowing is Not Enough, the official newsletter of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus, the official Bruce Lee martial arts organization. Little's articles have appeared in every martial arts and health and fitness magazine in North America including Muscle and Fitness. He is the author of The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee, and co-author of Power Factor Training, The Golfer's Two-Minute Workout, and Static Contraction Training for Bodybuilders. A native of Canada, John is an expert in the fields of martial arts, bodybuilding, and physical conditioning.

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