Can’t Afford The Gym? Try The Jailhouse Method

Insane gains the prison way.

In this day and age gyms are more pricey than they’ve ever been before. Many people wish to get into shape and make some serious gains, but their lack of funds keep them from being able to get into the gym and achieve their fitness goals. It can be a bit depressing knowing that you want to make a change, but can’t manage to because of economic interference.

So does that mean you might as well give up and forget about ever making some serious improvements on your body? Hell no! Though machines in the gym do help a great deal in getting your body into ripped and massive condition, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some development without them. When the tools are lacking for the task at hand, the next step is to innovate and do the next best thing. Workout without them.

This is where the concept of the prison workout can help a great deal in improving your physique. For the incarcerated, there aren’t a bunch of fancy machines or dumbbells lying around. For them to improve their strength, muscle endurance, and physique, they must rely on bodyweight exercises to make the difference. So what would a prison workout consist of? For the most part the exercises consist of pushing and pulling motions that will thrash your muscle into shape. We have a list of some prison inspired exercises that are sure to make all the difference to your routine with or without machines.

Upper Body Workout
There are a number of push up and pull up variations that are sure to work your chest, triceps, back and even your core. The key to building up a strong upper body is variety, consistency and attacking different muscle groups with the same intensity. This list of push up and pull up variations will add some variety to your routine and ensure that your muscles are attacked from multiple different angles.

  • Diamond Push Ups 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Wide Grip Push Ups 3 sets, 20 reps
  • Chin Ups 3 sets, 10 reps
  • Wide Grip Pull Ups 3 sets, 10 reps

Lower Body Workouts
The lower body workout routine is likely to look fairly similar to what you would see in the gym. The lack of weights to give added resistance is a bit of a hurdle to get around, but in exchange for the usual weighted variations, the focus should be on muscle endurance. By the time you’re ready to do a weighted squat the muscle endurance will aid you in pushing some weight.

  • Body Weight Squat 4 sets, 20 reps
  • Lunge 4 sets, 10 reps
  • Calf Raises 4 sets, 25 reps


But you’re still looking to build up muscle then having a training partner for these exercises can be a huge help. For instance, you can have your partner sit on your shoulders during a squat or on your back while doing a calf raise variation (donkey calf raises). They may be a bit more difficult to pull off, but if you’re in a tight situation it should do the trick for muscle growth.