There are too many excuses as to why we aren’t fit as a country. Among those excuses are mentions of how pricey it can be to buy gym memberships or workout equipment for the home. Those excuses seem fair to most people, but what if you were told that some of the fittest people in the country have no money and no access to any standard gym equipment? An attorney found this to be true as he dealt with clients in California correctional facilities.
After seeing how incredibly strong and fit inmates became during their time in prison, attorney William Kroger and his friend, a trainer, Trey Tuefel, devised a workout plan called Felon Fitness. Now, they’ve written a book, Felon Fitness: How to Get a Hard Body Without Doing Hard Time. Now all can become prison yard fit without doing time.
In the 90’s, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation removed free weights from the prisons. Inmates looking to strengthen up had to resort to body-weight exercises. Exercises such as push-ups, cherry pickers, pull-ups, and burpees were done at very high repetitions to obtain extreme levels of strength.
The tough repetitive body weight workouts are exactly what the book promotes along with a no nonsense diet plan.
The Felon Fitness website states the harsh simplicity of the plan. “The movements are body-weight based. They are functional. They are hard. Programs utilized by inmates contain an incredible volume of repetitions, so don’t think 12 push-ups is going to get you the body you’ve always dreamed of having. Multiply that number by ten or so and you’ll get an idea as to how many repetitions you’ll do.”
As with the workouts, the diet plan is just as straight forward. “Start eating less! If you are overweight it is likely if not absolutely true that you eat too much. There may be other reasons you carry extra weight, but we’d be willing to bet YOU EAT TOO MUCH.”
The authors and creators of Felon Fitness happen to live around the corner from each other and follow their plan together. Tuefel has been a trainer for over a decade. Kroger is a 50 year old attorney, husband, and father. Kroger described himself as being in the best shape of his life after following the Felon Fitness plan.
The no frills and no excuses approach to this plan may be what many are looking for. Granted, few on the outside are looking to stay fit and strong to protect themselves in a prison riot, but if a proven fitness plan provides very little excuses and lots of results, it’s time for many to get convicted.
October 13th, 2011