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    A little motivation from Bruce Lee...

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    This story has really resonated with me recently. It's from "The Art of Expressing the Human Body", which is a really interesting look into Lee's philosophies on training/life. I'm not advocating chronic cardio or anything, just the idea of pushing your boundaries.

    “Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

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    Man, I love that book. A lot of the information may be outdated but the view into Lee's daily training commitment and the truckload of photos are definitely worth the price.

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    Great philosophy. Sounds like I might be adding one more book to the rapidly-growing list on amazon. Man, it's getting expensive

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    I’ve loved Bruce Lee since I was a wee lad, even had my hair like his for most of high school and was Bruce Lee more than once for Halloween … kinda lame now that I think about it… but yes he’s very inspirational to me. I just started messing with dragonflags (a brutal core exercise, one of Bruce’s favorites) and every time I do it I channel his energy haha. I’ll have to pick this up sometime…

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