“Seeing all this shit makes you feel helpless.”
For many Americans, the idea of what life is like in prison is informed by movies or television shows that typically perpetuate stereotypes. So, we sent two BuzzFeed employees, Eli and Rocco, to the California City Correctional Facility to work out with the inmates for a week and get to know the prisoners a bit more personally.
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Neither Rocco nor Eli had been incarcerated before, though Rocco had been in trouble with the law when he was younger. Both men were anxious about the workout and trying to integrate themselves into the prison.
The class was led by Coss Marte, a former inmate who created a workout plan called “ConBody” while in solitary confinement. Coss is truly a beacon of light for people still in the system; he proves that former inmates can overcome so many obstacles and still be a beneficial part of society.
Coss was incarcerated after he launched a multimillion-dollar drug business. After leaving prison, he channeled his entrepreneurship into a fitness business.