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11/15/05 7:37 PM
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How was that possible? What did that guy or didn't that guy eat? Also, is that low of a body fat percentage healthy? John Lewis looks like a Bruce Lee, is it genetics or a highly restricted diet?
11/15/05 7:46 PM
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combination of a lot of things, excersize, diet genetics. yes, you could argue in some ways it was unhealthy, but you know with so many bad habits out there, smoking/drinking...etc. there are worse things to do that have a low body fat. yes, chewing cannabis is one of those things.
11/15/05 8:22 PM
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wtf, chewing cannabis? where did that come from?
11/15/05 8:29 PM
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Bullworker,isometrics,etc..
11/15/05 8:33 PM
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I researched quite a bit on what training regimens he followed when I was around 14 and devised a routine almost identical to his. It was mainly just a lot of bag work, shadowboxing, and circuit training. He didn't lift heavy, just did a shitload of reps. Even before my body had begun to develop, the training made a huge difference. If you're interested, pick up The Art of Expressing the Human Body. It might be outdated in terms of today's popular fitness programs, but I liked its simplicity. Just seeing old photos of him in his prime is enough inspiration to get in shape.
11/15/05 8:49 PM
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11/16/05 12:46 AM
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He did an insane amount of cardio later on in his life. Every morning, he'd run 5-10 miles, train all day (8 hrs wasn't unusual), plyometrics, and run some more. In fact, one of the reasons he closed his 3 schools down, was because he felt it was cutting into his training/ conditioning time. All over his Beverly Hills house, and yard was training equipment, including stuff that he invented because it didnt exist yet! His diet from what I know wasnt unusual. He ate "clean" but its not like he intentionally dieted per say. As a matter of fact, he ate a lot of starchy white rice.
11/16/05 12:52 AM
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I personally don't think genetics had as much to do with it as his dedication, desire, and intensity. He trained hard and dieted right as well. His work ethic was inspiring. If anything, genetics would be the lowest of the contributing factors since if you looked at what he looked like before he trained, it was not really that special or anything. He did not look different than any other Asian male prior to training the way he did. I think contributing it to genetics taints the work he put in to get the body he had.
11/16/05 1:19 AM
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I actually think that genetics played a big part in his physique, you don't get those long lats (attached low at waist level) from training alone. Apparently in the book 'Unsettled Matters' there's solid speculation that Bruce Lee did use performance enhancing drugs. That would not be surprising, there's a big difference in his physique from his earlier movies to Enter the dragon (where he looks like god). Still, there's no arguing that he did train like a maniac...
11/16/05 2:03 AM
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lol @ Bruce using performance enhancing drugs...
11/16/05 4:35 AM
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LOL at a 125lbs physique being something to strive for. Most girls are bigger...
11/16/05 7:41 AM
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"Also, is that low of a body fat percentage healthy?" There's been a lot of talk about it being unhealthy, but that's not true. A male does not need a whole lot of fat, unlike females. C'mon, some gymnasts walk around all year round with even 5% body fat and they are healthy.
11/16/05 1:45 PM
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"LOL at a 125lbs physique being something to strive for. Most girls are bigger... " apparently this scrawny guy inspired a whole generation of bodybuilders.. like dorian yates and lou ferrigno.
11/16/05 1:54 PM
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John Lewis is the only guy in mma who had a physique resembling Bruce Lee. Lewis is 6 ft 155 lbs. Bruce was around 5 ft 8 130 lbs. Both guys were ripped to the bone that's what made them stand out. They didn't have impressive size, but impressive bodies yes!
11/16/05 1:58 PM
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"LOL at a 125lbs physique being something to strive for. Most girls are bigger... " And that's why his photos (especially lat spread) are in countless number of gyms around the world. Jerky.
11/16/05 2:04 PM
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You can't chalk it up to genetics when the guy trained like that. I love the cornfed types who make fun of anyone who doesn't look their idea of an athelete. Like everyone who isn't Rulon Gardner or Randy Couture has some problem. Ever seen a boxing match? TH
11/24/05 10:25 AM
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Note to self *eat turkey and fixin's then go train 8 hours; repeat as needed*
11/24/05 11:01 AM
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"And that's why his photos (especially lat spread) are in countless number of gyms around the world. Jerky. " You want to be a ripped 125lber? Be my guest. That wont exactly raise your real world fighting abilities though. I feel sorry for you if you think oterwise...
11/24/05 11:14 AM
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Shut up, pork chop
11/24/05 11:35 AM
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"apparently this scrawny guy inspired a whole generation of bodybuilders.. like dorian yates and lou ferrigno. " A Dorian Yates physique aint exactly anything to strive for either if your interested in performance. Dudes like him can barely walk up an flight of stairs without having an heartattack. Theres a big difference between looking "good" in a freaky way and performing good...
11/24/05 11:45 AM
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Genetics are a huge part of it. I have seen people that don't train and only lifted weights in high school that are ripped as hell. Some people are just built like that.
11/24/05 12:28 PM
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"At the time of his autopsy, History channel or Discovery reported that he had a hald an ounce or more of canibus in his stomach. That info wasnt released until within the last couple of years. " I have magazines from the early 1990's that mention the cannibus in his system. It's on the 1973 autopsy report as well. Bruce passed out from a massive headache a few weeks before he died and at the hospital the doctors said he was okay and nothing to worry about. Great doctors. Bruce was an avid runner and was into weight training and of course did martial arts. So of course he was going to burn up lots of body fat. What is funny is that he ate tons of bbq pork lol probably one of the worst things you could eat to lose weight. If he had sugary BBQ souce on it that is. Ah who cares. If you ran 10 miles a day you'd burn up Ben and Jerry's. Most distance runners are pretty damn thin. I'd be 135lbs too if I could run 10 miles a day. My lazy butt could never do it. Bruce really needed to keep his weight down for the movies I think. He was doing alot of jumping, spinning and such to make the cinematic fight scenes spectacular. Although he oculd have been more healthy about it and got up to 165lbs.
11/24/05 12:43 PM
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genetics are a huge part of it. So basically if genetics aren't part of it, Bruce lee if he wanted to, could've been built like franco columbo at the time? Because it doesn't matter how they start, through hard work and dedication they can develop their body into anything they want no matter how big or small?
11/24/05 12:46 PM
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Could you give any sources for these claims? I've never heard of him eating lots of pork and I find it difficult to believe Lee would be healthier at 165. He was a small guy and had a small frame. TH
11/24/05 1:00 PM
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Is it actually documented he was 125 pounds? I mean everytime people talk about him he gets lighter and lighter, mostly because of idiot detractors who wish to denigrate him. At 5'7" I'd say he was closer to 155. If he was 125, he'd have hollow bones like a bird of flight or something.

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