“First Place It’ll Go, Is Stomach!”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Detailed Trick to Attain Bruce Lee Like Chiseled Abs

Published 12/01/2022, 3:15 PM EST

Bruce Lee is a renowned name in the world of martial arts. But that is not all he is famous for. Lee is globally renowned as an athlete and an actor. In the world of bodybuilding, professionals often admire the ripped physique that Bruce Lee flaunted in his movies. Although, the toned abs and the close zero fat body that the actor had did not happen in a day.

Instead, it was the result of years of training. In a recent interview on the YouTube channel Beerdy – Bruce Lee Central, bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses how to match The Dragon’s physique.


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Arnold’s two cents to get the perfect abs

In his interview, Arnold explains the approach that everyone needs to religiously follow in order to tone their abs. The only way to do it, according to the 7x Mr. Olympia champion, is “by burning more calories every day, more than you eat.”



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The retired bodybuilder further explains, “Say you take 2000, you wanna go and have 2000 calories you eat every day, you burn 2500 every day.” Discussing the distribution of body fat for males, he states, “The first place it will go is the stomach.”


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Talking about the secret to developing perfectly toned abs, Schwarzenegger says, “200 crunches every day is a must,” he continues, “don’t forget to do the vacuum, practice the vacuum.”

The world lost Bruce Lee to unforeseen circumstances


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Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee spent most of his childhood years in Hong Kong. The actor was known for being the torchbearer of martial arts for contemporary Hollywood cinema. He was responsible for the popularity of martial arts in movies during the 70s.

Chinese American martial artist and actor Bruce Lee on the set of Enter the Dragon, directed by Robert Clouse. (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Bruce Lee shot to fame after he co-produced, directed, and starred in The Way of the Dragon, in 1972. Following this, he also worked on ‘Enter the Dragon’. It was the first joint venture between Hong Kong and American production houses. The movie, released in 1973, became a worldwide success, skyrocketing Lee’s stardom.


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Unfortunately, Lee passed away just six days before the Hong Kong release of the film. He died under mysterious circumstances. Much to the speculation of fans and historians alike, the cause of death was officially listed as an allergic reaction to a headache medication. After his death, his movies gained a cult following. Bruce Lee became one of the biggest pop culture icons of the 20th century.



Anirban Roy

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Anirban Roy is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Anirban has a Master's degree in Spatial Data Science from Jadavpur University. He has worn many hats, including being a database admin and a scientific researcher.

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