Bruce Lee Philosophies in Fitness

How Bruce Lee’s philosophies can apply to fitness.

Bruce Lee is an icon.  He was more than an actor. He was one of the most influential martial artists in history. He was an incredible athlete and had quotes that will inspire anyone. I’m a big fan of his teaching and have applied some of them to my approach to fitness and life. Today, I’ll be talking about how his philosophies apply specifically to fitness.

” Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do “

You can have all the fitness knowledge in the world but you won’t be able to transform your body if you don’t act on it. Do your research and then put it use at the gym, playground, home, or wherever you workout. The only way to learn if something works is to do it. In a way, fitness is an experiment. You try different things and see how your body responds. That’s how I’ve approached the different training methods I’ve studied.

” I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times “

If you want to be great at anything you have to do it repeatedly. Someone who focuses on 10 different lifts will be good at those lifts. Someone who focuses on 5 will be great or even elite at those lifts. This philosophy also applies to other areas of fitness and sports. By focusing on so many things at once, it’ll be hard to get great at any of them. I personally like to work on different aspects of fitness but when I really want to improve in a specific area, I put other things in the back-burner. The idea of this quote explains why Easy Strength is such a great strength building program. This quote can also apply to the fitness affirmations that I love to use. If I have 1000 affirmations, it’ll be hard for my mind to know which ones to focus on. Some might even contradict the others. That’s why it’s best to focus on a few affirmations.

” Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own. “

In fitness there’s so much information available regarding different training methods and workout types. This quote is saying you need to filter through the information and use what will help you achieve your specific goals.

” If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them “

Aim high when setting your fitness goals. There’s no excitement in setting small goals and being satisfied by achieving them. By having big goals, you’re more likely to achieve memorable results and develop the fitness mindset. This is what this quote is about. The fitness mindset will help you in all areas of your life.

” In The Middle of Chaos Lies Opportunity “

This quote applies to today. With gyms and other places closing down as a result of the pandemic, we may feel limited. One positive is that we have more time to work on areas of our lives that we never took the time for. In regards to fitness, I’ve been working on my mobility as well as weak areas in my body. This is the perfect time to work on your weaknesses or develop new abilities, so a better version of yourself will be ready when the world opens up again.

This quote also applies to challenging workouts since they cause so much stress. When you throw yourself into the fire of a challenging workout, you get the opportunity to learn about yourself and your body. You get to find out your strengths and your weaknesses. When you know your weaknesses, you know what you need to improve on. That’s why self-awareness is so important.

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How To Use Fitness Affirmations For Maximum Results!

The best ways to put fitness affirmations to use in order to get results.

” Constant Repetition Carries Conviction “- Robert Collier

As you know by now, I’m a big believer in the power of  affirmations. I’ve been using them for years with my fitness journey and in other areas of my life. They have helped me tremendously. Today I’m sharing the different ways I use them for the best results.

Written Affirmations: They say people are more likely to achieve a goal when they write it down. That’s why I write my affirmations. I write and reread them throughout the day. This method almost worked too well once when I almost did a deadlift without knowing how much weight I had actually put on. The funny thing was that the weight was an amount I affirmed that I could lift. The affirmation was written ” I deadlift ( Insert weight ) pounds comfortably “. This experience reinforced my beliefs that affirmations are very powerful. I shared the details in a post I wrote talking about how powerful the mind is. I’ve also heard positive things about writing and rewriting your affirmations.

Mirror Work: This is another way I’ve used affirmations for fitness. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post . Any time I used the bathroom at my gym, I’d stand in front of the mirror and look my self in the eyes. Then I would say affirmations to myself as a way to pump myself up. I put energy in my affirmations so I could really feel them. I did these in private bathrooms so I wasn’t distracted by people walking around me.

After Meditation: One of the best times to use affirmations is when you’re in a deeply relaxed state like after a meditation session. This is when you’re the most susceptible to suggestions, meaning you’re more likely to believe your affirmations as facts. This why people in relaxed states are easily hypnotized.

Voice Recorder: One of the best ways to program your mind with affirmations is by using a voice recorder. I do this by recording my affirmations and putting it on repeat. Imagine how your belief system would change if you were hearing your affirmations all day.  You’re being told how strong, lean, and muscular you are. While you’re working, going for a walk, brushing your teeth, etc. You’ll be basically brainwashing yourself to achieve your goals. Doing this will make the work necessary to your goals feel natural and almost effortless.

I just shared some ways I use affirmations for my fitness goals. There are many ways to use them. You just have to find what works best for you. Anything is possible with belief and action. The majority of the time, your beliefs will push you into the actions that support it. Results don’t happen overnight so patience is key. Keep working on your mindset and reap the rewards !

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