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!