Ever hear this from someone? “Why Are Prisoners So Muscular?”
It’s usually in response to advising them on how much protein or food they need…
“Well if that’s true then why are prisoners so buff?!”.
I want to respond to this because it’s a question that’s put to me now and again in real life and on the web.
There are a few points to be considered here. Chief of all is this…
You’re watching way too much TV.
Very few prisoners in real life are buff. Most are actually quite skinny.
But in order to portray a criminal in a movie or on TV as “tough”, they often cast muscular guys to play the role.
They might be dangerous, but they ain’t big.
But for the very few who are big, you can bet that they were training BEFORE they ever landed in prison.
So their impressive physique was already there before they were incarcerated.
There is also the issue of drug use.
If you think that steroid use isn’t happening on the inside of prison walls, you’re living in cloud cuckoo land. It happens.
Hopefully that’s that cleared up! 🙂
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lol I’ve been asked this before too. My reply is the same as your first point – only in the movies!!
i’m not talkin about the movies, i’m seein these guys on msnbc, lockup raw. these are real prisoners not actors and they look likethey’re on steroids.
That’s my plan to get banged up this year to “buff up” out the window then 🙂 guess I’ll be investing in TSPA after this 10 week on THT is up.
I just want to say that during the age of 13 to 25, you can get buff on a really bad diet because that is the prime time for reproduction. Mother Nature protects you. However, after the age of 25, chances of mutation in reproduction increase, and so Mother Nature tries to kill you off, in an attempt to protect the species (my mother tries to bore me to death with her lectures). That is when you really have to take care about what you eat and your lifestyle.
So, a good diet and exercise routine maybe just scratching the surface. When you look under the hood, things may be more complex and sophisticated than we are led to believe.
I will agree on most of what was said. Especially if you are going off of the movies. But in reality, there are quite a few people that are “big” in prison and that’s where they did it even without the use of steroids. It’s all we have time to do is workout. I did 7 1/2 years locked up and when I came home I was looking pretty good. Granted, if I would’ve had the THT, it would have helped me even more. I gained quite a bit of muscle working out with what we had but could only get so far and then it was just maintaining what I had. One question that I did have tho while I was working out in there and watching other people was, why is it some people can gain a nice amount of muscle when they “cheat” doing their exercises? Like swinging their body for momentum to make themselves lift heavier weight. And one other question Mark, what suggestions do you have, if I can’t get to a gym or have an extensive weight set at home, to help me gain muscle and burn fat?
I can attest to what Chad said above, My brother did 10 years, prior to getting locked up he weighted maybe 120. He NEVER worked out in his live. Before getting out he was up to 150-160 ripped, and even came in first in some kind of competition they had. The only thing that we disagree on as far as lifting and getting big, is having TIME to work out. I would tell him I wish I can get bigger and he would tell me that I can do it, in response I would tell him that I did not have the time to work out(except for pt in the morning, I was in the Army). To finish as soon as he was out he quit working out and went back down to 120. Why because now he’s working, taking care of he’s family and he as no TIME.
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One of my friends served 1 year in a Fed penitentiary (later exonerated by the way) and he came out RIPPED. Of course not every inmate did has he did but he explained why he was able to add so much bulk:
– as an executive, he never thought he had time to devote to the gym. Now he had nothing else to do.
– prisons actually design meals to have MINIMAL calories per inmate
– the group that worked out encouraged each other so they all had additional support
– they all packed protein. They would barter the apple pie, brownie or whatever to fat slobs who would give up their eggs, meat or whatever – even stockpiling it for future meals.
What’s interesting is he has maintained his new physique. When the settlement comes in for false imprisonment, our tax dollars will have paid over $2,000,000 for us to send him on a year long, all expense paid, work out camp.
Totally agree with you, Mark
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If they are it’s due to steroids. In Croatia steroids aren’t widespread at all, and we hate taking any meds or anything. Different mentality. So we have weak skinny starved prisoners. The way they should be! 😉
Mike Tyson was still buffed after prison (if not more than before) 😀
I thought it was because they have a lot of time to train. Especially strength training like push ups, situps etc. No junk food in prison either I’d guess.
Prison yards have tons of good workout equipment. And other recreation equipment too. Wardens are scared to death of a riot and having it on their record. So they do everything they can to keep the inmates occupied and mellowed out. They also sell protein powder in the commissary and all the inmates have the latest books on the subject. My guess is there are some Musclehack books sent in. Inmates have nothing else to talk about. Random piss tests keep any illegal drug use at a minimum.
I totally disagree with the author of this article. I was incarcerated for just shy of two years. I definitely got buff. I was in excellent shape. I went in at about 210 lbs and left at 250 lbs.
Reasons were as follows.
1) Heavy carb diet. Soups, mac and cheese.
2) High protiens. Mainly canned tuna and chicken.
3) I avoided the slop in the mess hall and lived off canteen food.
4) INTENSE workout sessis with guys who could be personal trainers if not for bein
Sorry for the cut off above post (on a cell phone)
4) INTENSE work out sessions with guys who could be personal trainers if not incarcerated.
5) Tons of cardio. Wether it was daily basketball games or running the track.
6) Lots of down time during lock downs. (multiple times per day where you are restricted to your cell equals SLEEP after a hellatious workout.
Guys are in good shape in prison. We used to joke about us be preserved. Guys doing long stretches actually look very young compared to their actual age.
I visited over 40 prisons and detention centres from 1990-96, working with groups of 20-40 guys, women, or kids in each one (in the USA, Canada, and France). Yes there were some big guys and they did have time and access to gyms, but the majority matched the general population of manual labourers. Some chubby but mostly wiry, thin, or average.
One guy said that he came back to prison because it was easier to get his drugs there than on the outside. I don’t know if it was a true statement, but if so, then steroids would be also available.
Three reasons they get results.
1. Working out to save your you know what.
2. Working out to save your you know what.
3. Working out to save your you know what.
If I worked out every day with the intention of getting as strong as the next guy to accomplish goals 1,2,&3 then I would get real lean, mean, strong, and very quickly.