Bruce Lee’s Crushing Grip Strength

Bruce Lee was obsessed with forearm training – a mania shared among the majority of the martial artists who want to have hands of steel. Lee spent significant amount of time developing his grip and finger strength through various exercises some of which could be classified by ‘normal’ people as border line psychopathic.

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According to the sources we have access to Bruce Lee used to believe that forearms should be trained every day since they are composed of thick fibers built for endurance. He used to do forearm exercises through out day. When he was talking on the phone he was often doing the good old wrist curls. As a result his forearms were developed quite well compared to the rest of his otherwise smallish physique.

Bruce Lee was also famous for his fingertip push-ups. He was able able to perform push-ups only on his index finger and thumb. Similar strength is very hard to develop and most people would basically break their fingers doing something like that.


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Back in the day Bruce Lee used to design his personal grip training devices which were built for him by George Lee who was an old friend from San Francisco. “He used to send me all of these designs for exercise equipment,” recalls George Lee, “and I’d build them according to his specs. However, I wasn’t altogether foolish,” he says with a laugh, “I knew that if Bruce was going to use it, it must be effective, so I’d build one to send to him and another for me to use at home!” {source}

Here’s how some of those mysterious grip devices used to look like:

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Final thoughts

Developing strong fingers and forearms is something anyone can benefit from. However, there is no need for obsessions which often leads to self-destruction. Listen to your body and be persistent.

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