We’re not going to pretend we know what it’s like to be locked up with too many dudes that probably committed far more violent crimes than you. However, we do know a thing or two about making the best from the cards you’re dealt. The best gains, that is.
A few names immediately come to mind when one thinks of bodyweight exercises and getting freaky in prison: Charles Bronson and Mike Tyson.
Known as Britain’s most violent prisoner (and that’s saying a lot in the land of hooligans and pub brawls), Bronson carved out a name for himself rampaging the local prison scene and repping out thousands of push-ups a day. That’s not a joke, Bronson allegedly completed up to 2,000 push-ups per day. What a savage.
Across the pond came the infamous Tyson. Our favorite ear-biting, knockout artist was destined for the ring before a career in boxing was ever presented to him. Long story short, Tyson got on the wrong side of a rape accusation and ended up in the penitentiary.
Instead of letting sub-par prison food and a lack of equipment derail his already titanic level of fitness, Tyson took a page out of Bronson’s book (Bronson actually wrote a book called Solitary Fitness) and got to work. Though we’re not exactly certain what Tyson programmed while in the Big House, there’s a good chance it involved a God-awful amount of push-ups and prisoner squats.