Marcy Home Gym + Bruce Lee

Last Updated on August 25, 2022 by marcypro17cybertegic

Legendary Martial Artist, Bruce Lee and his Marcy Home Gym


Bruce Lee was a legendary martial artist and renowned movie star.  He was born November 27, 1940.  Lee was well-known for his performance in the 1973 classic movie, Enter the Dragon.

Lee’s martial arts training started with traditional Kung Fu. He gradually progressed further and invented a new fighting style called Jeet Kune Do. The cornerstone of Jeet Kune Do is based on the philosophy “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless.”  Since passing on July 20, 1973, his legend continues to inspire athletes, artists, and prominent figures.


The major contributing factor to his lean and defined body was his November 1972 purchase and use of a multi-station weight-training machine, our original Marcy Circuit Trainer.

What is circuit training?

Circuit training is exercising with either equipment or a machine that can accommodate at least 8-12 movements, or workout stations.  To create a circuit, you would need to perform each exercise back to back with no rest in between, until one circuit is complete.


Lee would line up 8-12 exercise stations with his Marcy multi-station Home Gym and workout each one for 30-60 seconds, switching between them with little or no rest. Lee’s Marcy home gym training system had nine stations: bench press, lat pull down, two high pulleys, two low pulleys, isometric rack, knee-up or leg developer, shoulder press, pull up bar, and leg press.


List of Bruce Lee’s Circuit Training Routine

  • Overhand pull-ups
  • Seated leg press
  • Standing leg thrusts
  • Shoulder press
  • Standing calf raises
  • Alternating cable curls
  • Standing unilateral horizontal arm adductions
  • Bench press
  • Squats
  • Kneeling lateral pull downs
  • Triceps push downs
  • Running (full pace for 90 seconds)
  • Standing wrist rollers
  • Neck flexion/Rotation/Extensions

First set of workouts

Two sets of each of the following exercise with eight reps

  • One-arm kettlebell clean
  • Barbell squat
  • Bent-arm barbell pullover
  • Barbell bench press
  • Stiff-legged barbell good-morning
  • Barbell curl

Second set of workouts

Four sets of each of the following exercise with six reps

  • One-arm kettlebell clean
  • Barbell squat
  • Stiff-legged barbell good-morning
  • Barbell bench press
  • Barbell curl


Amongst these training, Lee also trained for hours at a time on cardio and abs that includes jump rope, running, cycling, punching, kicking, boxing, sparring, and heavy bag work.  Nutrition played a very huge part to his training as well.

Cardio Workout

  • Running: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays he would run around 4 miles in 20-25 minutes, changing his speed throughout the course of running.
  • Rope Jumping: On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays Lee would jump rope for 30 minutes. This helped him improve his leg muscles and stamina.
  • Cycling: His rope-skipping workout would often be followed by high-speed cycling on an Exercycle, or stationary bike, that would last for 45 minutes.

Abs Workout

His abs training schedule included 5 sets of each of the following exercises

  • Sit-Up
  • Hanging Leg Raise
  • Barbell Side Bend

If you are aiming to gain strength and muscle definition, you can incorporate any of the best home gym exercise machine with multiple stations with affordable prices at Marcy Pro

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  1. Where is the old marcy fitness stations equal today ? Seems like the newer ones lack all of the old models components..Like the standing wrist roller, the leg track, the dip station, etc. Ther are a lot missing in todays home gym models !

    1. Hello John Alatorre, thank you for your message. That is a good point, some of those features have fallen off of all our home gyms. We brought back the dip station and added things like the leg press and landmine station to newer models.

      We’ll forward your input to our product manager to see if there are some features we can bring back from some of the classics like this one!

      Thank you for your interest in Marcy products. If you have any questions, please feel free ot contact us at any time, have an awesome day!

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