Convict Conditioning review

Convict Conditioning

Today we would like to get you familiar with an amazing book on bodyweight exercises called “Convict Conditioning”. Have you ever wondered how some people are able perform incredible feats of strength, like pistol squats (one leg squats) or one arm hand stand push-ups, and wished you were able to perform these yourself?


Well, with some patience and the necessary dose of discipline and perseverance, Convict Conditioning can help you to eventually master such amazing displays of raw power.


“The average gym junkie of today is all about appearance not ability”

Convict Conditioning is a bodyweight training instruction book which is, quite likely, very different than anything you’ve ever read. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in calisthenics. The author of the book, Paul ‘Coach’ Wade, makes no efforts in hiding the fact that he was an ex-convict himself and he goes on to criticize the average modern day gym junkie who he describes as “all about appearance, not ability”.

Being a regular gym-goer myself I have to admit that I felt a bit mocked at this point, but after spending enough time reading the arguments of the author I soon realized that his words held a lot of truth. For example, it is very unlikely that your average fitness enthusiast at the gym (even experienced bodybuilders) will be able to perform even a single (deep) one leg squat or a hand stand push up, if prompted to do so. This is because most of the exercises which can be performed through the assistance of machines at your average gym do not help you develop inter-muscular coordination which is required if you want to be able to perform any of the feats mentioned above.

“The Big Six”

To overcome the issue mentioned above and allow you to develop the strength, balance and coordination you will require to be able to perform really incredible feats of strength, convict conditioning presents a series of exercises under the general heading “The Big six”. By closely following the instructions, convict conditioning will allow a person at any fitness level to gradually turn into an athletic marvel. This is accomplished by presenting a series of progression exercises and routines within ‘the big six’, which will allow even a complete novice to work himself up from the most basic form of a given exercise (e.g. wall push-up) to the so called “Master Standard” (e.g. one arm push up). This is not to say that it won’t take time, persistence and dedication to move forward but, in the long run, the knowledge contained in the book will safe you months or even years of frustration and mediocre progress towards achieving real results.

This is what others are saying about Convict Conditioning:

  • Convict conditioning is an extraordinary book about functional bodyweight training. By functional I mean you are taught to be strong for everyday life — not muscular for the sake of appearance. Like the author, I’ve seen beefy guys and gals at the gym walking ahead of me looking like they could hardly move because they had so many muscles on their legs. They walked like a fat person whose thighs rub against each other. Not a pretty sight.
  • I became interested in bodyweight training recently, and as I was doing online searches for exercises and training programs, I kept running across references to this book. The reviews were all so uniformly glowing that I finally, hesitantly, ordered it. I was hesitant because the price is rather high, but I’m glad I made the purchase. The book is living up to the reviews I’ve read.
  • First I have to say that I don’t write many reviews, so for a book or product to motivate me to take the time to write is really something. Second, while I realize that convict conditioning and the idea for it was born behind bars — the essence of this book is just good fundamental information on body weight training with no frills and a lot of just good education about the evolution of exercise and weight training in America. This program is for anyone and everyone who would like to ditch the dependence on a gym membership or exercise gimmick and start getting really strong the way we were meant to — gradually and progressively over time.
  • I am a woman, and been training for many years, but the “simple” exercises like push-ups and pull-ups never got me into multiple reps. I might have been able to squeeze out a few reps, but that was it. Convict conditioning is very focused on proper form and technique to get you through all the 10 steps and prevent injury. Even if you can already perform proper push-ups for example, it’s highly recommended to start at beginning! Towards the end of the book, Paul explains why. It’s written in no-nonsense language, tells you like it is and that is very refreshing. Admitting, I just got started, but because of the simple approach it keeps me very motivated to follow all the way through. The key is not to get impatient, if you follow the program ALL the way; I am convinced anyone can do this!

My own experience

Convict conditioning has helped me work on many weak points which I wasn’t even aware that I had (e.g.: a relatively weak lower back in relation to other body sections). In addition, within 2 months after reading the book, I have been able to progress so far as to be able to perform unassisted hand stands which was something I always wanted to be able to do (all right, I still have to work on the time I can hold them but it’s a great feeling nonetheless). Furthermore, convict conditioning has also provided me with the knowledge I needed to eventually be able to perform all the amazing feats of strength which, up until now, I could only admire from other people.

Convict Conditioning: The Contents

1. Introduction: A Journey of Strength

2. Old School Calisthenics: The Lost Art of Power
The Convict Manifesto: Bodyweight Training vs. Modern Methods
4. Convict Conditioning: About This Book


5. The Pushup: Armor-Plated Pecs and Steel Triceps
6. The Squat: Elevator Cable Thighs
7. The Pullup: Barn Door Back and Major Guns
8. The Leg Raise: A Six-Pack From Hell
9. The Bridge: Combat Ready Your Spine
10. The Handstand Pushup: Healthy Powerful Shoulders


11. Body Wisdom: Cast Iron Principles
12. Routines: Workout Programs

Convict conditioning is quite extensive when it comes to body weight exercises and it’s also packed with pictures, and written in an easy to understand manner. This makes the valuable information contained in the book easy to digest. Convict conditioning is also fun to read and very interesting for the history it shares and the unique perspective of the author. However, to achieve the greatest results out of any exercising regiment it is fundamental to be well versed in the topic of nutrition, which is something that you won’t get from this book. Nevertheless, it is also not the aim of the book to teach you about how optimize your diet, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re looking for that kind of information.

Convict Conditioning, the verdict

Convict conditioning is a truly amazing book for anyone who is really interested in bodyweight training (or calisthenics). It is also great for learning how to exercise with proper form to prevent injuries and build up strength gradually and consistently. For this reason, anyone who is interested in fitness topics, and especially bodyweight exercises, has a lot to gain from reading convict conditioning. We highly recommend it!!

If you would like to get a copy of convict conditioning you can get one at the official website by clicking on the get it now button below:Convict Conditioning order

To your success,

Johnny Z.

P.S.: If you’re also as crazy about bodyweight exercises as we are; you should also definitely check out “You Are Your Own Gym”.


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