ConBody is a social enterprise and fitness boot camp that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to be group fitness trainers, giving them a second chance to readapt themselves into society.
Revenue is invested in reducing the national recidivism rate of formerly incarcerated individuals by providing them with a financial opportunity in physical training.
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)
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Get a full body workout in a Conbody fitness class! Developed in his prison cell by Conbody Founder Coss Marte, this unique and effective exercise program uses military boot camp techniques and can be complete anywhere, anytime. Hear the inspiring story behind Conbody and its mission of prison reform, and participate in group fitness classes taught by formerly incarcerated individuals.
Wow! If you're looking for a fun and unique full body exercise, this is it! The instructor pushes your body to the limit and you're constantly moving throughout the entire class, making it pass by super fast. You're guaranteed to never be bored at ConBody. Plus, you're supporting a great cause!
Love this class! I just went to their Midtown location for the first time. The class is challenging, but our instructor (Ray) made the class fly by. I was moving the ENTIRE class but genuinely enjoyed it (rare for me in a workout class)! My favorite part was the rotations - I felt like I had to push myself to the limit at every new station. Will be back for sure!
I was so nervous going into my first ConBody workout but all my nerves went away immediately after arriving. The staff was so nice and welcoming as soon as I walked into the Midtown location. The workout was HARD - there's no getting around that - but it seriously flew by all thanks to Ray! Ray was such a great instructor. He kept things challenging but also kept us laughing throughout. The workout moves weren't too complex so anyone can do them! But you don't stop moving for the first 25-30 minutes or so so you'll definitely want to keep a water nearby. I felt so great after the workout. I definitely got sore a couple days later and had to stretch like crazy but it was totally worth it! I highly recommend ConBody if you're thinking about it and take a class with Ray if you can because you'll have a great time, an even better workout, and get a few laughs along the way!
Wooooooowie. This class kicked my ass. I'm a part of Classpass and frequent many different studios + the gym (2-4x a week) in the city, and this class is definitely in the top three toughest. The concept of this studio is workouts that you do in jail, and all of the instructors used to be in jail too, if I remember correctly. There are no fancy equipment, its just a mat and you (also no shoes allowed). FYI - this class is in the basement, and you need to take the elevator down. I did "Hardcore Thursday" with Derek and I don't think I've done so many burpees and planks in my life. Great instructor with lots of energy, and clear directions; also liked his hip-hop/rap playlist. A lot of repetition with these workouts and a big focus on core + cardio. The class is divied up into sections with a different set of workouts for each chunk, and you do multiple sets until your legs/arms turn into jello. I'm two days out from my class and VERY SORE. But, being sore is a good indicator that I did something right. Also, at the time, they had a 50% off deal for your first class and the studio was very accommodating on pushing back the expiration date for me because I didn't read the fine print. I will be returning and dragging unwilling friends :) in short, A GREAT WORKOUT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Just don't plan any strenuous activities the following days (;
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I walked through the prison doors of Conbody fitness. I just moved from LA and wanted to find my exercise studio that I would call my second home. I was sick of sissy soul cycle routine and physique 57 burned my wallet. I wanted to find something close to work and gave me a true glimpse into the real grittiness of a NY workout. I signed up for the unlimited week for $75 on their website, it was very easy to use since it operates on Mindbody. I decided to sign up for a class with Derek. Location: The class is easy to find theres a sign above a apartment complex door and you press the button and someone will buzz you in, take the elevator, press C for Conbody and be ready to shit your pants. When you walk in you see mugshots of famous celebrities that really set the tone, check in, and walk into the doors with jail cell bars. Derek started out with a tabata style warm out, then eased us into the insanity that is Con Body.. 30 minutes of non stop exercise, I was sweating buckets 17 minutes into class, I've never been drenched in a class. The best part is the MUSIC.. man.. theres some throwbacks like Mystical.. Ray taught me some new moves.. one day I'll learn how to dance with some rhythm but for now Con Body will help me with my moves to make me stronger so I can be prison strong! I highly recommend this place.. now that I told all my friends about it, they better think twice about pissing me off!!
I recently went to the ConBody class at the Saks Wellery and it was an awesome experience!! I am not one that works out on a regular basis so I was super nervous about being able to keep up. The hour flew by so fast and while the class was challenging it was exactly what I needed. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming at the studio, in particular, Ray our instructor who made the class really fun and full of laughs. I would absolutely recommend trying a class with Ray at ConBody and I am personally a big fan of concept!
I came for their grand opening in Chinatown a few years ago and was really adamant about leaving a review, but as was typical: I forgot. The whole concept alone makes ConBody deserving of full stars. They take formerly incarcerated people--humans most of society has already given up on--and allow them to be instructors in a novel calisthenics work out program. You get to work out and work on removing stigma of those who were imprisoned. The instructors have only committed non-violent / non-sexual crimes and served their time. In terms of the workout and vibe, I went for one session and it really kicked my ass. I usually do intense 2 hour workouts 5x a day ranging from weight lifting, calisthenics, and HIIT cardio--and this blew all of that out of the water in 45min. Impressive, to say the least. I also dig the whole chic-prison feeling as they front doors are prison bars (replicas) with white and black decal-ed walls. Its like the ideal prison (if there was such a thing). Its good to see places like these that realize the best way to reduce repeat offenders is to give them a second chance and allow them to prove themselves once more.
We tried a class yesterday and it was so much fun!! The concept is very cool, they are all formerly incarcerated people who now are these incredible athletes. I'd read their story because it's hella cool. The class is all done mostly by body weight type drills, the instructor walks you through each move the whole time. It's all very high intensity, and works you're entire body. I left feeling like I've gotten one of the best full body workouts! Also the instructor was amazingly nice and encouraging! One of my favorite parts! They have a bathroom and single shower, lockers up front but bring your own lock. They provide towels but water is $2 or they have a refilling station if you bring your own bottle. Also, make sure you have socks, as we don't wear shoes during the workout, most people actually went barefoot!
294 Broome St., New York, New York, United States
Nearest public transport stop: Grand Street or Delancey Street station
To bridge a gap between two communities: young professionals and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Personal training certification
Technical skills for employees
Inside prison program
Team building exercising