Bruce Lee created a martial art called “Jeet Kune Do” or the “Way of the Intercepting Fist.” However, as well know as he is in the martial arts… he is highly regarded for his physical abilities and ripped physique. The Bruce Lee body has become an icon for what an action star should look like today.
Let’s face it, audiences are no longer willing to accept an actor who puts on a “Muscle Suit.” From Brad Pitt to Will Smith — it seems every A-list Hollywood actor has been emulating the muscular yet ripped Lee type of physique. What made him great was a combination of his workouts and his diet program.
The Bruce Lee Diet Plan
Lee always consumed a lot of Chinese food which are high in fiber.
Some foods that are high in fiber are:
These foods are also high in antioxidants and will help cleanse your body.
Like many bodybuilders today, he usually ate 6 times per day. This kept his blood sugar level stable and his metabolism burning at a higher rate. He was also a big fan of keeping his body adequately hydrated — by and large he drank 11 to 12 glasses of water per day.
In addition, from his bodybuilder friend… learned of the importance of maintaining a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. (Bruce Lee loved protein supplements and would routinely down 1 to 2 protein shakes per day.)
The key to gaining muscle — besides working out… is in consuming enough protein. Protein makes up anywhere between 15 to 20% of our bodyweight. The bottom line is that protein is indispensable and it’s the raw material that is needed to build muscle and other bodily tissues.
Of course, in his day one of the most popular protein supplements was casein. Today, we know that whey protein can keep us in a positive nitrogen balance state easier and quicker than using just casein protein.
The Bruce Lee Workout
His workouts were intense. Even Joe Weider… “The King of Bodybuilding” remarked that Bruce Lee’s body was light years ahead of it’s time. Bruce incorporated many different components into his workout program. Isometrics, free weights, yoga, and bodyweight exercises just to mention a few. Bruce Lee abandoned free weights really early on in his training. He felt that having big bodybuilder muscles was of no advantage to a martial artist. He focused more on what he referred to as “Functional Strength.”
He realized very early on that isometric exercise was able to provide him with superior strength gains. He also used an “Isometric Power Rack” for a while in his training program. If anything defines Bruce Lee it’s his ability to think outside the box. His mentality of… “use what works and discard what doesn’t” — has made him an innovator in many different fields.
For example, Bruce used every known isometric exercise device available in his training including a device that was then called the Tensolator. Using isometric exercise equipment was something that he made part of his training routine. And in fact, so have many mixed martial arts practitioners today!