Have you ever done isometrics? Bruce Lee was a big fan of isometric training. It was something he did 2-3 times a week. Isometrics are an excellent way to develop strength, speed, explosiveness, endurance, body control, and postural strength. All these aspects are needed to enhance and improve your martial arts techniques. It certainly helped Bruce, and you will see significant improvements with your punching, kicking, and defense etc. as well.
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Bruce Lee, that patron saint of martial artists and kung fu fanboys, continues to make news despite being dead for nearly 50 years now. Just recently, director Quentin Tarantino created a buzz by trash-talking Lee on the Joe Rogan Experience. Then, days later, revealing private letters detailing Lee's extensive drug use made headlines when they went up for auction.

The thing most of these stories have in common is a frequent reference to Matthew Polly. This might appear odd given Polly was just two-years-old when the film star died. But his name always seems to come up in conjunction with Lee's these days due to the fact Polly authored "Bruce Lee: A Life," the definitive Lee biography which everyone now cites.

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Bruce Lee practiced strength training faithfully, just like martial arts. However, he was very secretive about his training. The programing Bruce created for himself was specifically designed to keep him lean and fast. He experimented with power, endurance, coordination, agility, flexibility, nutrition, and even the amount of time he could rest before training again. Speed and power were Bruce's essential outcomes, so he focused on training that would produce minimal hypertrophy. Bruce had specific training regimens that he researched extensively through practical application.

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A martial artist's diet needs to provide energy and sustainability because of its physical intensity. For a martial artist to reach their maximal potential, they need to optimize their nutrition, not just maximize training. A martial artist needs to eat about 4-6 meals a day with snacks inbetween. Here are a few nutritional diets from some of the best martial artists ever known.
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