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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1 edition (27 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804831297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804831291
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book draws on Lee's own notes, letters, diaries and training logs to present the full extent of his training methods. They include nutrition, aerobics, isometrics, stretching, and weight training.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, it's well worth buying if you're interested in seeing Bruce Lee's fitness training. That's all you really need to know about the book - I've been doing martial arts for a couple of years and this is very good, even for non-martial artists.
It has some of his circuit training methods, and it all in all a very motivational and interesting book.
It also has some of his weight training activities, I've been lifting weights for about 7 years and I'd recommend all of his exercises (apart from the 'Good Morning' exercise which is commonly known to cause back injuries) - and going through them, all of the main exercises as well as a few of his own inventions which are also very good are included.
This should have everything you need to get fit and also some good pictures of Bruce Lee in his prime, which should get you working out.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on 11 Dec. 2003
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If you're interested in Bruce Lee, or working out, or both, you'll probably love this book.
I got this on my 19th birthday, and my whole life has changed 'cos of the information in this book. I used to detest exercise, but now I'll usually work outy 6 times a week.
The insight into Lee's training methods is outstanding, but best of all you see that the methods he used weren't mystic or magical, just basic common sense stuff. Of course, the difference is that Bruce Lee took it to another level with a frame of mind and determination hard to achieve.
Trust me, this is a fantastic book, and I still refer back to it now. It's a constant source of inspiration. Just buy it, buy it now....
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bishop on 26 Aug. 2002
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This is a book I bought because since I was a kid I was fascinated by Bruce Lee and his muscles on muscles physique. I really didn't think there would be a collection as detailed on how Bruce had achieved it and am amazed John Little has done such a good job in not only presenting the excercises practiced by Bruce but also presenting them in a way that is easy to understand if you are beginning your own physical improvement programme. I have achieves some good improvements in my own conditioning using the methods in this book and think anyone else could do the same.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cc0u01d6@liv.ac.uk on 14 July 2001
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As a life long Bruce Lee fan and martial artist, I have found this book very interesting and useful. I intend to use one of the many training routines outlined to train for my upcoming Martial arts tournaments. The routines and nutritional info have a very scientific approach showing Bruce Lee was years ahead of his time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fair Comment on 5 Oct. 2013
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Anyone who has seen Bruce Lee's films wonders how he obtained his amazing physique, and this book tells us in minute detail. Much of this is fascinating to those of us who are into physical training - details such as the fact that Bruce would hit a punchbag 2,000 times in one session, run 2 miles every single day, do weight training every other day, along with all his martial arts training and calisthenics, and even train while he was doing other things like watching TV and reading. Anecdotes from people who knew him add interest, but more than anything the book shows up how incredibly obsessed the man was, not just in his training but in recording every exercise he did in every single session. Where the book rather stalls is that much of this is faithfully reproduced, I suspect for reasons of preserving it as valuable historical fact, but lists of exercises that go on for pages at a time are frankly unreadable to all but the most devoted aficionado. So all in all it is a book with a fair amount of interesting material, but most people will find much of it too detailed to hold their attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2008
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Who hasn't wanted to look like Bruce Lee? At a body weight of around 120lbs (8 1/2 stones) he must have one of the most impressive physiques ever seen on screen.This book details exactly how he did it.John Little has compiled all the training knowledge Bruce had and put it in one very informative volume.It covers Lee's general fitness training, to bodypart specialisation, so if you want to improve the look of your arms, back chest etc-it's all here.Bruce trained constantly all day, martial arts training to general conditioning, and it's all here, including the very under rated PHA system of training, which is unbeatable for general fitness.Training philosophy has moved on, but 80-90% of the material in this book is still valid today, which shows how far ahead of his time Bruce Lee was.This book works on so many levels, and it is one that you will refer to constantly.I highly reccommend it.
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for some reason i was under the premise that bruce lee did most of his training using isometric methods, the fool i was. i am not in any way trained in any martial arts, apart from that of running in the opposite direction so my interest in this book was not based on aquiring skills of those kinds. what i expected from this book was a comprehensive guide of excersises lee used to maintain his physique...and i was not dissapointed. sure, some of the stuff in there is basic barbell curls and things which i was used to doing in my bedroom once or twice a week. this book provided me with the insight of structure in your workouts, it has helped me develop different routines with free weights depending on which part of the body needs the excersise, be it back, chest, abs, shoulders...all the main muscle groups are covered in this book. although i will second a comment in another review, don't try the "good morning" exercise, it hurts your back anyway and i can't imagine that pain times a million if you do actually put your back out doing the "good morning".

this book also gives a glimpse of other parts of lee's physical life, his dietry habbits and other cardiovascular routines he used. having structure, or a "time table" for each week has really upped my motivation levels for working out and something i don't think i would have picked up had it not been for this book. there is plenty of photo-age as to inspire you to a certain goal, but having said that, unless you are a full-time professional it will be difficult to attain lee physique otherwise.
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