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Bodybuilding in Jail

by Zach Bashore

We all make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes lead us into jail. While you`re sitting in your cell complaining about how stupid you were to be there, why not do something positive for yourself like bodybuild? Why not turn your life around and actually be in control for once? "So now what?" you say. Well now is when knowledge will become your best friend. Training, nutrition, and rest are three important factors when it comes to building a great body in jail.

Creating a good workout routine will depend on what type of equipment you use. Books, drawers, shoes are all good alternatives to dumbells if you don`t have access to any. You can also do plenty of exercises with your own bodyweight such as push ups, crunches, leg raises, supermans, bridges, bench dips, air bike, freehand jump squat, and glute kickbacks. Choose from some the exercises above and create your own routine. My jail cell had an exercise bike which is a good form of cardio other good methods are jumping jacks, burpies, and if you`re desperate just walk or jog around in your cell. If you can, try to find a good training partner as well to help you stay motivated. It also will look better when you`re not the only person exercising.

Since your only fed three meals a day, getting good nutrients is going to be tough. Most meals consist of high GI carbs, foods high in saturated fat, and not much protein so you`ve got to be smart when choosing what you eat. A good trick is to eat all the healthy foods on your tray and afterwards go around looking for leftovers to help fill you up. Since most trays consist of at least one sort of junk food, you should trade that junk to somebody for something healthy. Just don`t let the security guard catch you. You`re also going to have to time your meals so you can perform your exercises and do your best to get your post workout nutrition afterwards. You also have to remember to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. A good rule is to look at your piss and if it`s yellow then you need to drink more water.

In my jail, getting enough sleep is very difficult. People are always complaining and yelling stupid stuff in the dorm so it`s very difficult to get enough. One way I found is asking for earplugs if they allow them which will help out alot. You`re not going to be very active and you will be sitting around alot so you shouldn`t have any reason to worry about overtraining. On your last meal of the day, try to eat fibrous or complex carbs because they will help you sleep better.

Those are some basic bodybuilding principles to use while you`re in jail. You should be able to keep your goals even while in jail if you want it enough. I wrote this article sitting in a jail cell with the hopes that other bodybuilders survive while being locked up. Until next time keep your head up and stay hungry. Peace.

 


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2009-11-16Carlos
 Congratulations, man. You didn't give up on the things you know are good and right for you when faced with adverse conditions. You got much more than muscles to show, you got character!
Peace.
2009-05-06JB
 5 years , 65 pounds later.
135 - now 200 pounds body weight
Jail.
reps of 10-8-6 , 12-10-8 , 15-12-10 (upper body)
on legs all 15-12-10 , calves , 25-20-15

5'10' and HUGE
2009-03-04MABOO
 IS TRUE CAN ONE GROW BY WORKING THE SAME MUSCLE EVERYDAY?
2008-12-30momofsoninjail
 GREAT. I just printed this off to send to my son, thank you!
 
2008-07-06sam
 thats an incredible story dave
seems like you got stronger from doing push ups
i didnt think that was possible
2008-02-27DAVE
 i was sent to jail in 98 for 3 years. i weighed 189 lbs. i could do about 25 push ups. i began doing pushups every day, every way i could invent. i walked out of jail 255 lbs, i could bench 365lbs cold and i could do 1000 pushups in 45 minutes. my chest was so big that i had to buy all new clothes and i felt great.
2008-02-27DAVE
 i was sent to jail in 98 for 3 years. i weighed 189 lbs. i could do about 25 push ups. i began doing pushups every day, every way i could invent. i walked out of jail 255 lbs, i could bench 365lbs cold and i could do 1000 pushups in 45 minutes. my chest was so big that i had to buy all new clothes and i felt great.
2007-03-13kens
 inspirational story!

 


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