Convict Conditioning

convict conditioning

V.19 No.17 | 4/29/2010


Prison Bikini Beach Bod

Besides your weird uncle Sharkie, it looks like the latest thing to come out of prison the nation’s newest fitness craze is—workouts developed and used by inmates to buff up while they were locked down. And the best part? It’s practically free. You don’t need a gym membership, fancy machines or even basic weights. The workouts are based on calisthenics such as push-ups, pull-ups and squats. According to Paul Wade, author of Convict Conditioning and former inmate at San Quentin State Prison, “You just need your body and your mind.” And in yet another twist of irony, these techniques developed by some of the nation’s most hardened criminals are being used to train some of the nation’s finest servicemen. Wade, for example, has trained both Navy Seals and Marines. He describes the workouts as “primitive, brutal, painful and incredibly rewarding.” Visit for a free workout program or to view videos of impressive regimens posted by prison workout enthusiasts.