8 BRUCE LEE
As well as basbasically inventing MMA – check out his fight with Sammo Hung in Enter The Dragon and most of his posthumous book The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do – Lee took physical conditioning for martial arts more seriously than any of his contemporaries… and still has one of the most legendary bodies in film history. ‘He’s the star of the greatest fight scene ever – with Chuck Norris in the Colosseum in Way Of The Dragon – and a man who knew the power of displaying an attractive physique,’ says Mitchell. ‘You can see how he clearly increased his efforts to get in better shape as his movie career progressed.’
ABS OF FURY
Lee did everything from experimenting with electrical muscle stimulation to drinking duck’s blood to build his ultra-strong abs. You could try that – or use this mini-circuit to build Leelike core strength and definition. Do three rounds.
GOOD MORNING REPS
This is the move that did for Lee’s back – not, as suggested in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, a vengeful martial arts rival. Lee lifted heavy but you should go light and focus on perfect form. Holding a barbell on your back and with your knees slightly bent, lean forward until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Pause, then straighten up. Carefully.
DRAGON FLAG REPS
Holding on to a bench, bring your whole body into the air in a straight line, then lower down as slowly as possible.