“How to Get Bruce Lee Like Strength Without Ever Going to a Gym” by Jonathan Mead

“While you may not get to Bruce Lee’s level overnight, you can start getting in shape without the use of a lot of fancy (and expensive) equipment. You can do it from the comfort of your own home, in a space as large as a bathroom.

Part of the reason I started training without a gym was because I began training in Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s method of martial arts). But I also got tired of paying monthly gym dues. At the time, I was looking for things I could cut out of my monthly budget to save a little extra money.

I thought about getting rid of my gym membership altogether, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my health or physical fitness. So I found another way. For months, I haven’t had a gym membership, yet I’m getting stronger and faster than I’ve ever been in my life.”

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  1. Brandon Clapp says:

    If anyone wants more related information find a copy of The Art of Expressing the Human Body.

  2. bruce baker says:

    There are limits to what the body can physically do, and limits to how far you can go … and your body will show signs of rejecting this training, along with illness, and obvious signs that you have gone too far, done too much, shortened your life-span in the pursuit of these Bruce-Lee feat of martial ability.

    It is just so obvious to me, as an observer. It will be obvious to you also as you observe those around you who show illness, injury, and signs of their body breaking down.

    There is always a price to pay for these extreme feats. If you aren’t willing to pay the price, don’t over-do it . Look at a professional atheletes and all the injuries they incur over their career, let alone all the surgical scars from repairs?

    Just a word to the wise. If you burn the flame too hot, too bright, for too long … you will burn out too quickly.

  3. Michael Peterson says:

    Ah, but what a beacon of hope and glory you can be for others.

  4. Aikido is wonderful in that with a bit of luck and good management you can develop and preserve strength and flexibility for much of your life. At the hapkido school, teachers retire young. “Kicking is a young man’s game.”

  5. This is a great article by one of my Jeet Kune Do students, Jonathan Mead.

    @Bruce Baker: I have to say that your assumption that there is “a price to pay” for the development of high level physical feats is not too far from ideas such as “rich people are snooty” or “good health takes discipline” or “fitness is hard work” etc.

    These statements might be true for those that accept it as truth without being open to other possibilities. Of course it is possible for these things to be true and they may very well happen with some people.

    The reality is that so many things are possible and we are limited only by our own beliefs.

    There is no such thing as burning too bright for too long when it comes to human potential.

    This was Bruce Lee’s ultimate message. It’s close to forty years since his passing he continues to live on in our memories and inspire countless people.

    Walk on!

  6. This is useful information! So Bruce didn’t train in a gym? I dislike gyms. Having other people around prevent me from fully concentrating on my exercise. I believe strength training has an element of mind in it. I lived within walking distance of Bruce Lee’s home in Kowloon Tong (I lived in Kowloon Tsai). I remember news of his death on the front page of the SCMP (local paper) in the Summer of ’73. It was only after his death that I got to learn of his incredible physical prowess, such as his one inch punch. Bruce was able to tap into something mystical. I’m inspired to get in shape the Bruce Lee way. Thanks, Bruce.

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