The Bruce Lee Workout Routine

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The Bruce Lee workout routine is a basic fitness program that focuses on balance, coordination, elongating the muscles and developing great stamina.

“To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.”

Bruce Lee

Growing up, I idolized Bruce Lee for his physical fitness, his muscularity, his awesome speed, flexibility and his unparalleled fighting skill.

Who wouldn’t want to be like Bruce Lee?

Let’s look at his philosophy about training.

Training Philosophy

Bruce Lee believed that the athlete spent too much time developing his skills and too little time developing himself for the participation of that skill.

The Bruce Lee workout routine is training that “…deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions.” I really can’t say it any better, so I’ll simply quote the master himself…

“Training is the psychological and physiological conditioning of an individual preparing for intense neural and muscular reaction. It implies discipline of mind and power and endurance of the body. It means skill. It’s all these things working together in harmony.”

“Training means not only knowledge of the things which build the body, but also knowledge of the things which tear down and injure the body.”

These are wise words from a man who had complete mastery over his body, mind and spirit
The Bruce Lee Workout Routine


This fitness program focuses on elongating the muscles, increasing cardiovascular strength and coordination. This is the basic list of exercises Bruce Lee did for general overall conditioning. The following workout routine is performed every other day or can be performed up to 6 days per week if you’re in really good condition or want to be.


1.Alternate Splits



3.Running in Place

4.Shoulder Circling

5.High Kicks

6.Deep Knee Bends

7.Side Kick Raises

8.Twisting Sit-ups

9.Waist Twisting

10.Leg Raises

11.Forward Bends

Perform the exercises above in a circuit. Perform each exercise for 60 seconds or until failure. Rest for 60 seconds between exercises and then move on to the next exercise. Repeat the circuit 3 times.

For a more intense workout routine, decrease the rest interval between exercises in the circuit. Try 45 seconds, then 30 seconds and finally no rest between exercises.


Bruce Lee believed warming up was vitally important to injury free training and to maximize the performance of the individual. Warming up reduces the viscosity of the muscle, its resistance to its own movement.

How to improve performance and prevent injuries:

1. A rehearsal of the skill before competition commences fixes the athlete’s neuromuscular coordinating system the exact nature of the impending task. It also heightens his kinesthetic senses.

2. The rise in body temperature facilitates the biochemical reactions supplying energy for muscular contractions. Elevated body temperature also shortens periods of muscular relaxation and aids in reducing stiffness.

As a result of these two processes, there is an improvement in accuracy, strength and speed of movement, and an increase in tissue elasticity which lessens the chance of injury.

Depending on the activity, so does the duration of warm up. The older athlete tends to warm up more slowly and for a longer period of time, possibly due to a greater need to warm up longer or maybe just because he gets “smarter” as he gets older.

Final Thoughts

Bruce Lee not only did the fitness program above, but he did many other supplementary exercise programs to build his body into one of the most physically fit possible. Speed, athleticism, coordination, agility, muscularity, strength, stamina, balance….these are the things he was after to supplement his martial arts (Jeet Kune Do). He succeeded, and is still by most, the best martial artist of all time.

As far as Bruce Lee workouts are concerned, his fitness workouts were second to none. Try this Bruce Lee workout routine and I have no doubt that you’ll not only be fitter, but probably a little more coordinated and agile as well.

If you want to know more about how Bruce Lee trained, how he thought and his training style, you have to get his book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do. It's simply the best book on martial arts, from the best martial artist ever. It's a must have book. IMHO.

*Got a question about this Bruce Lee workout routine, please feel free to contact me and I'll be glad to answer your questions.

One of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes...

“Be water my friend.”

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