Functional Fitness

The other day I started to read a book about Bruce Lee’s training methods called THE ART OF EXPRESSING THE HUMAN BODY. It got me thinking: have I been on the wrong path all along here? Rather than go by these Beachbody workouts, should I have been devising my own…something that would incorporate moves that would also benefit my martial arts training?

I quickly came to realize that my worries were exaggerated. After all, the programs I have done (P90X, Insanity, Asylum Volume 1, 10 Minute Trainer, Rev Abs, Les Mills Combat, and the P90X Plus series) are certainly not geared toward piling on the bulk. The only one that promises results like that is Body Beast, which I have not done.

Given this recent development in my mindset, I don’t plan on doing it any time soon either. Maybe someday I will out of curiosity, but it is no longer a goal I have my heart set on.

I don’t need to look like a moving brick wall. I need to look more like Bruce Lee.

He wasn’t the biggest man in the world, and yet he could deliver a sidekick that would send men that easily had 100 pounds on him flying across the room.

That goes to show you: there’s more to being fit and strong than just having bowling ball-size biceps.

I am going to review THE ART, not to mention dive into research of my own to live up to Bruce’s old philosophy: “Accept what is useful, reject what is useless.”

Who knows? Maybe someday I will come up with a functional martial arts workouts that incorporates both strength- and stamina-building exercises. Then, before you know it, you’ll be buying a DVD set from ME on Beachbody!


About Steve Grogan

I am 40 years old, divorced, and a father of four kids. I am a practitioner of a self-defense system called wing chun kung fu. My other hobbies include writing, playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Recently I have gotten back into fitness, and this time I am DETERMINED to get the washboard abs...whether my metabolism will cooperate with me or not! The purpose of this blog is to write not only about my hobbies, but also about whatever crosses my mind, whether it is something I don't understand or something that aggravates me. So join me as I indulge my tendency to think too much about topics that don't usually cross anyone else's mind!
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2 Responses to Functional Fitness

  1. I am curious to see how your research turns out. Efficiency in working out is key – no one has a ton of time to spend on any one activity in today’s world. It’s sad that strength training takes a back seat much of the time.

  2. wcman1976 says:


    Thanks for the comment! Actually, from what I have seen, strength is put to the forefront while endurance is given less importance. When I say that, I am talking about what people seek out to do for supplemental fitness.

    As an example, tae kwon do pracitioners focus on their flexibility because they most likely have a rigorous stretching routine in class. However, outside of class they may focus on a training routine that builds strength instead of that AND endurance.

    When you are a committed martial artist, it is necessary to focus on all three facets of fitness: strength, endurance and flexibility. I have a jampacked life, but I plan on finding a way to create a workout routine that will equally address all of them!

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