Men Work Out In Prison For A Week

Men Work Out In Prison For A Week


(drum music) – This is Conbody, you in
prison right now, let’s go. This ain’t a beach, you
ain’t free yet, c’mon run, run, like the po-po is coming. You dyin’ on me, don’t
sue me, sue Buzzfeed. – This sucks, I’m tired,
I’m trying to survive. – [Coss] You over here praying? God ain’t gonna help you, let’s go! – Sit down! (crowd counting) – I am at California City State Prison. – We’re in the Mojave Desert
so it’s a serious desert. – I rode in here last night
and it was nothingness, just desert and sand and sun. I’m here to work out with
inmates and get in shape. Hopefully I get swole,
hopefully I survive. – I don’t think it hit me
that I was going to prison to do all of this until we
actually came to the prison. – I’ve never been inside a
prison before so this is all pretty surreal to me like
walking onto the yard, going through those gates,
seeing the barbed wires. I always thought I would
only see it in movies. – Never been incarcerated. I was in trouble with the
law a lot when I was younger. – As I was walking through
the hallways I was a little freaked out, I didn’t know what to expect! – The rules of the street
are different than the rules of prison and I’m a visitor. – I’m gonna try to be
respectful and aware of my surroundings as possible. (soft music) I only know as much as I’ve
seen through these windows and what I can tell is it’s
going to be a struggle man it’s like boot camp. I don’t even think they rested at all! – I wonder if I’ll end up
throwing up, passing out… Oh, is he just chillin’? I was gonna say, that’s gonna
be like me in a half hour. – I’m just so nervous, ugh. So each workout is an
hour, hour and a half. I haven’t worked out in
like two months, I just got back from Vegas. – Right now I am going
to the gym twice a day. I do really well with like
short bursts of high intensity interval training so I feel
like I will do all right. – I’m trying to act hard, I
don’t wanna be the guy that’s like slackin’ on the ground,
like I wanna be cool, I wanna be like I can hang with these guys. – They might be like “who the
fuck are you guys” at first because who the fuck are we? It does feel a little like
“I’m here to work out with you with Buzzfeed!” So a little bit I feel
like a fuckin’ asshole. – As long as I don’t suck
the most I think I’ll be okay after this week. (laughs) – [Coss] All right, we’re
gonna put your feet together hands by your side, we’re
gonna start off with a regular jumping jack, don’t pass out yet! Sideways, Rocco, let’s go. – The guy that’s training
us this week is Coss. Coss is relentless. – [Coss] Now on the count
of ten, you’re gonna fuck up today. – He’s so understated
when he’s talking to you. As soon as class gets
started, like he’s a psycho. – [Coss] That’s five laps Rocco,
no it ain’t don’t cheat me! You ain’t do five laps. – The ConBody workout is
insanity times ten with a prison kick into it. Within five days of this
workout they’ll probably lose like five to ten pounds. It’s all body weight. I should have developed
this whole routine in my prison cell. I started selling drugs on a
milk crate and I grew it out to a multi million dollar drug
business and I was sentenced to seven years in prison. I came up with the idea of
ConBody while I was in solitary confinement and now
have over 7000 clients. One, two, three! – God, anything bad I ever
ate I regret it right now. – [Coss] You ain’t even
gettin’ low, you didn’t even get low. – I’m just trying to
survive with my breathing. – [Coss] Let’s go, all the
way back, all the way back, they waitin’ for you. – My arms just can’t do
it, like, this is non-stop. – Bring it back, c’mon, c’mon
let’s go, all the way back, all the way back, let’s
go, push it, push it. It’s almost over, it’s
almost over, one lap. Give him a hand, give him a
hand, let’s go. (applause) Last one hop it, buddy, let’s go. – When he’s done with
his workout sessions, they don’t wanna let him go. Here’s somebody who came
from where they came from who’s gone out and became successful. He gives them hope. – It was pretty good, they
were really receptive, most of them are pretty fit. Rocco is tougher than what
I thought but Eli, man. He almost passed out. – I was in that situation
before at one of the gyms I worked at and I was
dead last again that time. Once again I was by myself,
the coach was pinpointing me like telling me push it, push
it, push it, and I didn’t get nearly the amount of support
I got at my gym that I got with these guys. – I feel like they just
build a camaraderie when they work out, like breaking that barrier or breaking that
stereotype between different races and gangs and
bringing them together. – I didn’t expect to be
so welcomed, no judgement, no one’s sizing anyone up just
total encouragement and I’ve never been in a workout
environment like that before. – They appreciate that they
get outside people that want to do something with them. Imagine yourself like in a room
by yourself and then you get like a toy that comes in
and you’re like “Oh my god!” you know, you feel like
a little kid like people actually care, that’s
what they appreciate. – Wake up in the morning for
day two and I’m not looking forward to this. We’re going out into 100
degree great heat and I’m just wanting to survive. I’m nervous for the workout
‘cuz I just wanna do well but the anxiety that I had
coming in about the people there is totally gone and I’m excited
to work out with these guys and get to know them more. – Hi, how you all doin’? My name is Carl Robinson, but
I’m currently incarcerated as Dwayne Dixon. I’ve been incarcerated for about 13 years. I got my first job when I was
12 and it was kind of hard, my family was very poor, I
was supplementing that by you know selling drugs and
stealing out of stores. As of right now my release
date is in October of 2018. I was on the run and using
my friend’s ID to get some alcohol in the store and I got
arrested when I got outside but I had Dwayne Dixon’s
identification on me so that’s how I became Dwayne
Dixon but my true name is Carl Robinson. – I don’t know actually (laughter), I haven’t seen Dwayne since ’96. – Frank Sumera, it’s almost
six years right now for me and I’ve got about four months left. Had the opportunity to do
whatever I really chose. Next thing you know I’m
getting charged with possession of a bunch of cocaines! – You don’t see a whole lotta
people come into the prison. Being in the prison you think
that them people on the street well they’re kind of soft,
they can’t do this stuff. To see them get in and do
it with us and well they’re really cool, they weren’t afraid and actually I’d say
they kept up pretty good. – Rocco, he’s a machine,
how much does he weigh? – Eli did great too, he
toughed it all the way out. Some people quit and he didn’t
quit, that’s the major thing. – I took this time to
really reflect on who I am. It’s helped me realize that
I really need to do something great with my life. – Started really doing a
lot of studying and going within myself, took
psychology, got in college. I wanted to figure out what
was going wrong with my way of thinking and I figure,
okay, if people go to school in eight years and twelve
years, I can use this as my university and I can choose
to do something more with my life even though I’m
behind the walls so that’s what I chose to do. – There has to be some
reason why you’re here, not just to commit crimes. You’re here for a purpose
so you gotta start realizing how you’re gonna do
good things for people. – We’re driving back from
day two of working out. Today was a little bit
more difficult emotionally. – Coming back to jail is always strange, seeing the gates open is like, oh, shit, like I don’t need to be handcuffed to walk through there anymore. And the smells, the cleaning
supplies that they use on the floor, like that, just
like brings back memories. It’s, uh, I guess, it’s
traumatizing in some sense. – The effect of prison on a
human being, it’s a lot weighing on a person, like you’re
away from your family, you’re away from your children,
you’re away from all the people that love you. It really strips you of your identity. – You know this kind of
shit but until you’re like in their environment and
talking to people who are living with the day to day reality
of being, in my opinion, unjustly locked away, I don’t
know, it’s really a different thing to have a conversation one-on-one. – I almost don’t want to get
to know these guys anymore. I almost, I’m scared as
to how I’m gonna feel and how frustrated I’m gonna be learning about them even more. You get excited for them
because they have so many big plans for when they get out. – I currently have a
business that, uh, LLC, Fresh Out Ventures. – I have this business I’m
starting, it’s called The Clink. – But you know how hard it
is for people that were in the system to get any
opportunity and it’s just, it makes you soooo, it just
makes you just so angry, it makes you just so frustrated. – We’re headed back to
the prison for dinner with the inmates. – I’m a little nervous cuz we’re gonna be around more inmates and we’re not in our circle. – And I feel a little nervous
to be eating in the prison cafeteria, that same kind of
first day of school feeling. Where the fuck am I gonna sit? Are people going to be staring at us? People will stare at us. – People are gonna be like yeah, who the hell are these assholes? – Yeah. – When I was on the streets
I ate a lot of good food. – Oh really? – Yeah, like organic food and stuff. – Really? Yeah. – You guys enjoy turnips? – So we had our first
dinner with the inmates. The cheeseburger was delicious,
I loved the cheeseburger, I ate Rocco’s cheeseburger! I didn’t really feel
uncomfortable, you know we sat down with Frank and Carl and just
had a great conversation. – You think when you eat amongst
criminals, you’re thinking there’ll be a lot of
stabs, a lot of robbery, a lot of violence but it’s not. 13 and a half years and
I’ve never been in a fight. – I’ve seen more men cry in
these places than I’ve ever imagined, this is super tough. I’ve seen tears come out some
of the people that I would never have guessed. – Yeah, we talked about
everything, we talked about issues, we talked about art, we
talked about music, we talked about the system, we talked about food. – I’ve read over probably in
this time, well over 300 books. – So you guys have no access
to like social media at all. – Nooooo. – Like just the phone calls. – I’ll be looking forward
to my first selfie. (laughter) I dream about putting on
clothes that don’t match everyone else’s. I have dreams where okay I’m
picking out my pants, I’m picking out my shoes. – I haven’t had that
great of a stimulating conversation in a really long time. They still have this humanistic,
positive approach to life and I…it’s just inspiring. – A lot of times we feel so alone, like it’s just me that’s
going through this but I want to let them know
you’re not by yourself, you know what I’m saying, I’ve been there and here’s where I am now
and you can be there too. – These are two people who
have been locked up for years. It scares me how little America
knows about the system and who these people are. (soft music) – Frank is no longer allowed to interview due to political reasons. Unfortunately, when we
come into the system, we get classified based upon your race. Certain race groups don’t feel like they should be interviewing. You have some people that impose policy on other people who are willing
to get violent and you know, he’s fixing to go home soon, so you know he don’t
wanna ’cause any waves. In our class everyone represents a planet and Frank represents the sun, that bright light that shines on you and keeps you going with
energy so that’s Frank. – This experience is becoming
more emotionally taxing than physically taxing. I was a little worried about the workouts but it’s not the most difficult aspect. I’d say the most difficult
part is getting to know these guys and hearing their stories and just realize that this easily could have been my experience. It’s just a lot of luck and
circumstance that kept me out of this level of trouble. It just makes me feel helpless, incredibly like heartbreaking too, particularly like Ping’s story is really like striking something in me. – So my name’s Ping, um, I’m 32. I grew up right here in L.A.
in the suburbs, you know normal life, never been
in trouble in my life, never had a juvie record, never had any run-ins with the cops. And one day I made a mistake
that cost me 13 years, conspiracy to commit robbery. Everybody has these stereotypes that like all these guys
that end up in here, they’re criminals, they’re drug dealers, I mean, I went to private schools and I lived in a good neighborhood like nobody I knew was in gangs or drugs. I’m like, I get it,
like, we’re doing stuff that we’re not supposed
to be doing but you know, for something that never played out they added ten years on my
sentence for talking about a gun. – So you didn’t even commit a crime? – Exactly. Personally, I feel like
you get young kids in here, I was nineteen, I was twenty, and for one mistake you get screwed and I don’t get out until I’m 33 and it’s like all the years where you’re building your life, you’re
getting your education, what chances do you have when you get out? You know, I get out in
six and a half months and I mean, I’m terrified. I always liked challenging
myself and trying to you know, get better, you know set the
bar a little higher each time so I’d love to get involved
with ConBody and Coss. – I would train with him for sure. I would let him set the pace
and then I would just keep up. – I’m scared to be next to
Ping but I’m also very excited. – [Rocco] I’m motivated. – Because he’s gonna be
like top top, on his game, so focused, and he knows
I’m like psyching out when he encourages me to keep going. What’s the first thing
you’re gonna do when you get out, dude? Have you thought about the first thing? – As soon as I get home
I’m stripping my shirt off and jumping into that
swimming pool. (laughter) Can’t wait to jump in the swimming pool and get some McDonald’s hash browns. I can’t wait to get out there and just stand out on
that street corner and just take a deep breath
and just look around and not see chain link
fences and barbed wire like somewhere in my vision. – This entire experience,
I know it sounds cliche, but it makes me feel tremendously grateful for the freedom that I do have. – We complain about these
really just dumb things like about work or family
or life or whatever but at least we’re able to go outside and get some hash browns. (laughs) (urban beat music) – Eli and Rocco is, um,
they working through it. – I feel weak and tired, if I were at home I would definitely would
not be working out today. It feels almost on the verge of unsafe. – That’s right. – I don’t think I’m gonna finish. It’s really frustrating,
I don’t know what. I’m so fucking behind,
I feel like total shit. I just feel terrible. I knew no one was going to
judge me but I just didn’t want to waste their time
and I just got psyched out. I felt so bad because these
guys just want to talk to you after you’re done working out
and I was just so pissed off at myself so, like, ashamed. – Just feeling like emotionally
drained and overwhelmed. I’m feeling like we live with
an incredibly broken system and that we’re just basically
sacrificing people’s lives instead of giving them a second chance. – I’m learning so much about
myself and I’m realizing I’m just really hard on myself
and a little too much in my head sometimes. This trip has changed me,
opened me up, made me more aware about not only the system
and human beings and people and hope, but my health and my well being. – Last day, final day, full body, that’s how I feel about it. (clapping and crowd talking) (cheers and applause) – So it’s over and these guys did the time and they killed it. They went and pushed through
it, they applaud each other, they worked as a team, these
guys are straight brotherhood. – The workout just brought us
together, like you’re going through something together and
that brings out the best or worst in people and all
I saw was just the best. – A lot of people were very
skeptical until they actually seen Coss, for him to come
in and help us out, they feel like they have a future ahead
of them now and so I think there’s a lot more hope. – I can’t even put it in
words like being dead last and like struggling and like doing
all that and people that went through so much shit and still
like caring about you and like, it’s uh, they’re just
strangers, it’s really, uh, yeah, it’s rare even in every day life. – It, um, it’s just real. It’s a dream that I pictured
and it became a reality. They’re really hungry and it
pushes me to the next level to like, now I’ve gotta fix a
bigger problem and it’s gonna really inspire not only,
help myself and my family, but help thousands of guys in here and create a huge movement. – This experience has been just intense, physically and emotionally. I don’t think that I can translate
the impact with language. – I don’t know how to say
goodbye to these guys. Words cannot express what it
felt getting to know them and what they did for me so
it’s hard to say goodbye. – Seeing all this shit makes
you feel helpless too cuz like what can one person do? Then you see someone like Coss
who’s been through this shit and comes back and who
does have an impact. – This week, um, you guys
gave us our humanity back. When all this happens it’s
like you go to court and they strip you down to your charges, you’re just a list of
charges on a sheet of paper and you go to the county jail and you become a number on
a tag and they…I’m sorry and they move you around like inventory, you know, you’re like cattle. You come to prison and
you become another number, you stay in a cell, you stay in a room, you stay in a dayroom
until they let you out. And it gets in your head,
you feel like you’re nothing. And for all you guys to come in here and you just be cool with us, it’s like you guys gave
us our humanity back. I feel human again, I feel like,
I feel normal, you know so. (light techno music) – Here’s your rehabilitated
men this on behalf of the men in this room who are trying
to rehabilitate themselves and for myself I like to
ask society for forgiveness. – Well what would I say to the guys if they’re all watching this. I mean you opened my
eyes, you opened my heart, you opened my soul, I care about you guys. I hope you guys get everything
you want out of life. – And we also give forgiveness to those that have hurt us along the way. And we put all those things behind us, everything is a clean slate. – Thank you for letting me in your space, thank you for being welcoming, thank you for letting me work out with you and thank you for changing my life. – A lot of us here are
leaders and we can help those next group of young men and young women not to
get to these stoops. – What I suggest is to not give up. It’s easy to say but it’s harder to do. – And we’re not coming back here. This is the last time you’re gonna see us in this environment, you
know what I’m saying? Therefore, you know what
I’m saying, therefore… (applause and soft music) ♫ Rocco will rap with me ♫ Hey hey say we got what you need, ♫ ConBody yup yup doing time ♫ Rockin’ our cause, yeah, doin’ fine ♫ Everybody, everybody, what what what ♫ Everybody, everybody what what what ♫ Everybody, everybody what what what ♫ Got get it now, got
get it now whoa speed. (laughter)

100 thoughts on “Men Work Out In Prison For A Week

  1. i didnt know they had classes in prison i was gonna comment that they need to have financial classes that way they learn how to manage money

  2. who else is watching this now and is being all like "October of 2018? He's out! HECK YEAH BRUTHER!"

  3. Just now seeing this video, but by how the prisoners talk and act, you can tell they have learned their lesson because they don't act mean or tough because they're use to where they are.

  4. Why is the video called men workout in prison for a week.
    Why is it not called people work out .
    I don't like this gender naming on the title of this video .

  5. Not sure if anyone will see this but fun fact I dirt bike ride out here and very great place for your bike and a clear head

  6. they have better food than what i have in my refrigerator. this is no prison. this is a palace!

  7. I’ve been locked up in jail twice for misdemeanors and i hated every minute of jail n im glad i never been to prison because im young and i just graduated high school and hearing these men just wanting to go after their goals is very inspiring. I guess when you’re in a place with no materialistic objects n stuff you just wanna do stuff like working out and reading to keep yourself busy. Hell a lot of imagination will give them a goal and plan when they get out of prison. Although im glad i never been to prison and i don’t ever plan on going, i see that i need to start focusing on my lifestyle more than whatbi focus on now.

  8. This prison literally looks like school, and this isnt an insult towards school, it deadass looks like a bunch of grown men in middle school or something

  9. R.E.S.P.E.C.T!!!!Together we can make a different fitness strong this video was the best so far i seen…

  10. 1:57 just realized he was on Jubliee or cut when they had a discussion about felons and police officers something like that except damn that’s crazy

  11. All these people that are in that jail are genuinely good people and I respect that how much effort they put into being a better them….or person for themselves 😔✊🤚

  12. I do these exercises all the time at volleyball training… don't know if it's the norm or my coach is a psycho

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