8 BRUCE LEE

Men's Fitness - - Hero Hour -

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.

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