Little Lesson From Bruce Lee
As you may very well be aware, Bruce Lee is a legend. He is a fitness legend, a martial arts legend, and he is an inspirational legend. I am not sure if you are familiar with the not-so-common adage “Bruce Lee it” . It means to make something unconventionally harder for the fitness benefits. Well, it comes around because Bruce Lee was anything but conventional.
There was a story of him and a buddy he trained with. His friend was much older. They would run together, and since it was Bruce Lee they would run pretty fast. They usually ran 3 miles at 7 minutes a mile totally a 21 minute run. Now if you are a runner you would know that is going to excite your heart rate.
Lee was known to get his run down to 6 1/2 minute miles when he ran alone. He was always trying to push his ability farther and farther, and that is what made him great.
One day he told his buddy ” Today we are going to run five”.
His friend objected and said “Bruce, I am much older than you I can’t go five.”
Bruce responded “After three your body will switch into a new gear”
So they started to run. At three and a half miles his friend was having troubles. “My heart is about to explode. I can’t go any farther. Bruce, we have to stop running.” He said this while of course still running. “If I run any farther I will have a heart attack and die.”
“Then Die.” Those were the only words that Bruce said.
It was enough to get his friend so angry that he ran the whole way. Afterward he asked Bruce why he had said such a thing.
Bruce responded “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you put any limitations on what you do, physical or anything else, it will spread over into the rest of your life. It will spread over into your work, into your mortality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there. If it kills you, then it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”