One cannot speak about the history of fighting nor fitness without mentioning Bruce Lee, the one and only true Chinese Dragon.
I think it’s safe to say that he is one of the greatest and most influential individuals among the martial arts and fitness community and we have all come to embrace him as the Godfather of Mixed Martial Arts. So what exactly was his philosophy and how is this of benefit to us?
Be Like Water
One of his main principles was that we should all strive to be like water, both in fighting, fitness and in our daily lives.
Water adjusts to every situation, it is gentle yet can break down the strongest of rocks. Water is the greatest metaphor for how our mindset should be, always flowing and adapting.
When we embrace a state of flow similar to water, we are living mindfully. We embrace the current situation for what it is and are not fixed in our thoughts nor actions. We become what the current moment requires us to be.
Wait, what? What the hell does that have to with your fitness gains?
Adapt and Overcome
One search for “the best workout routine” and you will most likely be in a state of information paralysis. So the question remains, where do you begin and what is the best routine?
Well, back when Bruce Lee was in his fighting days, he had the same problem but as a fighter. He saw all the many different schools of fighting that claimed to be the best, from boxing to karate to wrestling but saw what lacked in each style. Just as we should do with our lives, we should simply find what works best to achieve our goals and discard all the rest.
No matter how difficult the workout may be for you nor how difficult the obstacle in our lives may be, we should always strive to adapt to the situation at hand.
Use What Works
In our fitness journeys, we should strive to find our what works best and be able to incorporate what actually works and completely forget about the rest. Go to the gym, stick to the exercises that work your body in the best way possible, whether the exercises be from Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics, or any other fitness movement.
Never be too stuck on one trend, fad or fitness. Be willing to venture out to different forms of fitness and find out what works for you and what doesn’t.
As Bruce Lee famously said, “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
The most important thing, regardless of your training routine, is progression. Seek to progress each and everyday. This is true success.