In the world of bodybuilding and physique transformation, one of the most highly respected physiques of all time belonged to a guy who stood 5’7″ and weighed between 130 and 165 lbs.
That’s right…at his heaviest, Bruce Lee weighed only 165 lbs.
And yet, bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger were in awe of the body he built.
So, how did he do it?
And more importantly, how can you do it?
How can you build a body like this?
Well, if you want to learn about the weightlifting routine he used to build his strength and increase his muscle mass….pick up a copy of The Art of Expressing the Human Body.
But…you will be wasting your time.
If Bruce Lee was alive today, he would not be using the training routines found inside that book.
Bruce Lee believed that as a warrior and as a person, one should never “get set into one form. One should adapt and create your own style, and let it grow, be like water”.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.
When you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup;
When you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle;
When you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
At this point, you may be asking…what the heck does being formless like water have to do with fitness, working out and getting a wicked set of abs like Bruce Lee?
Well, I’m going to tell you.
Being formless like water means using those training techniques that work for your particular goals…and to not get all wrapped up in dogma.
There is no perfect workout
There is no perfect diet.
What there is, is….
- your body as it currently exists,
- your vision of how you want your body to be
- and a whole bunch of tools & techniques that may or may not help you achieve your goals.
Becoming attached to a certain training method (bodybuilding, yoga, pilates, crossfit, cardio, walking, aerobic classes, Tae-Bo, P 90X, etc…) is a sure path to stagnation and unattained goals.
The same goes for nutrition.
If the tool is ineffective, find a way to make it effective or replace it with another tool.
Be like water
In tomorrow’s post, I will list some of the training methods & modifications that I use to help my clients achieve their individual goals.
- What workout is best for hypertension?
- What diet is best for rapid weight loss?
- What workout is best for helping a hardgainer gain muscle?
- What diet is best for foodies?
- How does a 16 year old kid get huge biceps?
- How does a 40-something year old woman tighten up her triceps?
Unique goals require unique solutions.
One size does not fit all.
Be fluid like water…and get a wicked set of abs like Bruce Lee