Convict Conditioning: Old School vs New School Calisthenics (Book Excerpt)

Conviction is one of the most misunderstood concepts in exercise physiology. Convicts are people convicted of crimes such as drug dealing or prostitution. They have been sentenced to prison for their actions, but they have not committed any violent crime. When these convicts perform calisthenic exercises, they are exercising because it helps them stay in shape while incarcerated.

The term “convicted” refers to when a person was found guilty of a crime. A conviction does not necessarily mean that the individual did something wrong; rather, it means that they were found guilty of a specific act. For example, if I go into your house and steal some money from your desk drawer, then I am committing theft.

If I take that money back out of your house, then I am not stealing anything. You would still call me a thief even though I didn’t do anything wrong.

A conviction can also refer to when someone was convicted of a crime and served time in jail before being released. These individuals may have committed another crime after their release, but they were never convicted of it.

Convictions are very common in physical education classes and gym class. The teacher will tell everyone to work out a certain number of push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and whatever else they can think of. If a student struggles to get the minimum amount of push-ups, for example, then they are convicted of not working out enough.

There are plenty of examples of convicts being forced to do calisthenics. Prisoners are put in solitary confinement as punishment for breaking the rules or just being annoying. If they get too rowdy, then they may also be put in solitary confinement.

If a prisoner is believed to be involved in some sort of gang war or plot to kill someone, then they may also be put in solitary confinement for their own protection.

When it comes to calisthenics, there is a large difference between old school and new school calisthenics. Many people cannot keep up with the new school calisthenics. They may do them for a few weeks or months and then give up because they are too hard.

The old school calisthenics, on the other hand, are much easier for people to maintain.

One of the best old school calisthenics is called Convict Conditioning. This is a book written by Paul “Coach” Wade and it has become extremely popular among calisthenics enthusiasts. In fact, Convict Conditioning has been hailed as one of the greatest books ever written on calisthenics.

Convict Conditioning is divided into three sections. The first section teaches the reader about bodyweight training, how to get started, how to avoid injury, and dozens of exercises to choose from. The second section teaches the reader how to string those exercises together into workouts.

The third and final section teaches the reader how to string several workouts together into a complete program.

Convict Conditioning: Old School vs New School Calisthenics (Book Excerpt) - gym fit workout

One of the best things about Convict Conditioning is that it teaches people how to string exercises together into a workout routine. For example, push-ups, pull-ups, and squats all work out the upper body. Lying leg raises, handstand push-ups, and hanging knee raises all work out the abs.

By stringing these exercises together in the right way, a person can create a complete upper body workout using only their bodyweight.

Convict Conditioning provides several different types of workouts:

-Daily: One exercise per muscle group done once per day.

-Twice Per Day: Two exercises per muscle group, done twice per day.

-Acute: Several sets of high reps of one exercise for a single muscle group.

-Special Project: Several sets of low reps of a single exercise for a single muscle group.

– Weekly Undulating: Muscle confusion done on a weekly basis, where one week you do lots of reps and light weight, the next week you do fewer reps and heavier weight, etc.

Convict Conditioning provides more than enough workouts to keep anyone busy for months or even years.

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