As you surf through the Internet, you will undoubtedly see many Bruce Lee workout sites. Most of them are useless. The articles talk about Bruce Lee workouts, but few give you specific details of how he trained.
I’m going to share with you some of his exercise devices. Some he created on his own and others he just adapted to his needs. Now mind you I’m no Bruce Lee expert, but I have spent hundreds of hours researching this man.
Bruce Lee workout – Strength And Speed
Bruce Lee started training at a young age, his father was skilled in Wu style Tai Chi Chuan and began training him in Tai Chi. It is important to understand, that Tai Chi, the style that Bruce Lee’s father practiced, used an exercise called “pushing hands” this is somewhat of an isometric exercise. In that it uses the resistance of another person, as well as an isometric contraction.
From age 13 to 18 Bruce Lee trained with master Yip Man in Wing Chun Gung Fu. In addition to that, Bruce Lee also trained in Western boxing. Winning the 1958 boxing championship match.
Early on, Bruce tried just about anything to increase his speed and power. He started lifting free weights, he used isometric exercise, and he tried just about any exercise gizmo available at the time to give him the winning edge. After a free weight lifting injury, he gave up free weights and began using bodyweight and isometric exercises as the core of his strength and speed program.
Bruce Lee’s training methods were effective. In fact, some of the students became World Karate Champions including Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Mike Stone. Between all 3 of them, during their training with Bruce they won every Karate Championship in the United States.
Lee discovered early on, that the key to muscle growth was to keep pushing and placing stress on the muscle. He began using different isometric exercise devices to overcome the major disadvantage of traditional isometrics, which is that you can’t measure your growth or add additional resistance. One of the isometric exercise devices that Bruce Lee used was called a Tensolator. He used this device to increase his punching power, and to develop his incredible V-Tapered body.
Bruce Lee consumed every book on the subject, including Bob Hoffman’s book on isometric training. That book, titled “Functional Isometric Contraction System” opened his mind to other possibilities and the rest as they say is history.