Here’s my review of the Convict Conditioning program.
I’ve now been using the system for about two years and, obviously, I’m fan of it for having stuck with it and sharing my views in this blog. But, let’s take a step back and see my motivation for getting involved with it.
I’m very active and have a range of athletic interests. I have migrated from sport to sport as, honestly, I get bored if I limit myself to just one thing. You can say that I’m a jack-of-all-trades and as master-of-none and you’d be right. In the past decade, I’ve taken part in multi-year spans of triathlons, mountaineering, century (100+ mile) bike tours, Crossfit conditioning, road & trail running events and a bunch of other activities. My current focal points are rock climbing (sport & traditional) and trail running.
I’m really glad I stumbled onto the Convict Conditioning system because it finally delivers on the things that I’ve been looking for in my previous conditioning & strengthening programs. Crossfit and weightlifting programs can be useful, when done right. However, I’m a believer in Paul “Coach” Wade’s views that not only can you get better results from the “lost art of strength” exercises he has put together, but they’re also done in a way that you’re not going to be at-risk for injury as is all too common with other approaches.
In fact, the system is going to “bulletproof” your body — your tendons, joints, spine, neck, etc. I’ve seen all of these results personally in being able to pull off certain things in my activities that only someone much more experienced and conditioned is “supposed” to be able to do. And, I have a more functional body that is not prone to injuries and ready to go with any new endeavor.
So, you have here a system that not only gives you basically as much stunning strength as your body is able to produce, but also do it in a way that there is longevity and you will be strong and healthy for life. Seriously — how can you not be excited about that.
The heart of the system is 6 exercises that strategically target all of the main muscle groups in your body. Wade has had a lot of “free time” in prison to work on this system personally and also as a coach to others that were committed to building the strongest and toughest body they could to survive in the pen. He saw what worked, what didn’t, how people short-changed themselves and what are the best paths to success. All of that is carefully explained in the book and much of it, honestly, might surprise you. Wade pulls no punches and he’s not afraid to go after a lot of conventional thinking that turns out to be flat-out wrong. Think about that in terms of the effort, money and time you’re spending on your current program.
If you’re anywhere from a weekend warrior, someone who just wants a stronger body & physical toughness for the activities you enjoy (football, tennis, golf, baseball) or a hard-core exercise fiend that just loves building elite fitness & strength, Wade has a lot to show you in the Convict Conditioning system. Even if you just incorporate a few of the things you learn from his work, you will be far better off for it and it’s worth many times the price of admission.
Click through below and see the almost 400 highly positive reviews that the system has received from real users and what they’re saying. I hope you jump in and give it a try and I look forward to hearing about your results!
Here is a very informative FAQ that Coach Wade has made available free for folks to get the most out of the Convict Conditioning program. This is good stuff and fills in some gaps and builds further understanding. I have it available here for download!
Hello Convict Conditioning Enthusiasts, I wanted to share with you a spreadsheet that I created to help with creating your Convict Conditioning program, track your progress and act as a quick reference to all of the exercises & steps in the system. Check it out and see if it’s useful for you. Please let me know how you like it and if you have any suggestions!
8 Things That May Surprise You & Why You Should Read the Convict Conditioning PDF:
1) The system is broken down to a simple 6 exercise routine. That’s right, only 6 exercises. Wade says you could do more, but you’re spending more time and effort than you really need. You could do less, but you would be ignoring some critical body areas that are not getting effectively addressed.
2) Each of the 6 exercises has a 10-step progression. Step 1 is doable by almost anyone right now, even if you’re coming back from an injury.
3) Progress is logical, smooth and based on you. Coach Wade will guide you with excellent tips on how to handle the progression and to stay away from common pitfalls of over eagerness that ultimately limits your results.
4) Gymnasts are some of the world’s strongest athletes. And their training regimen typically has almost nothing to do with weights, especially compared to other athletes. Instead, they focus on bodyweight exercises and tap into truths that you’ll learn in Convict Conditioning.
5) Bodybuilders are not very strong at all. You probably already know this, Wade explains that they’re also pathetically non-functional in a variety of areas of athleticism that belies their physical appearance? He goes into this extensively as he discusses the 6 exercises that make up the Convict Conditioning system.
6) Old-time “Strongmen” have no equal today. You’ll read about the amazing strongmen of yesterday that accomplished feats that folks today just can’t do, even in their dreams. You’ll understand why.
7) One of the 6 exercises is the bridge? What is this, yoga?! Yes, one of the six exercises in the system is a progression through back bends. You will learn not only why this is one of the most critical things you can do for overall strength and toughness, but also why many athletes have no clue about it and how their results are severely limited as a result.
8) Wait … there is no weight training involved in this program?! That’s correct. Wade explains how you can free yourself from the gym and that whole “ball-and-chain” and see how through intelligent variations of the 6 exercises in this system, you go from simple-to-do to downright-unearthly-feats-of-strength that require no weights whatsoever!
This is an overview of the Convict Conditioning PDF e-book and printed book that Paul “Coach” Wade has recently created for strengthening and toughening up one’s body.
Wade’s material is really hard-hitting with no punches pulled about what Wade thinks about much of conventional thinking, bodybuilding and the current state of things in our protein powder and gimmicks world. Paul spent a significant amount of time in the worst prisons in the California penal system and talks from experience about real-word strength and toughness.
It’s important to note that Wade never glamorizes the prison scene nor is he looking to milk his experiences there to appear tough or have “street cred”. He’s not proud of the choices he made to spend so many years of his life in the slammer. But, bad things often also bring good things in life if you look for them. He received some eye-opening life lessons that we get the benefit of learning from him in the Convict Conditioning system.
One of the really interesting things Coach Wade talks about is the history of strength and how the “art of strength” has been lost. But, according to Wade, it continues to live on in the prison system behind locked cell doors. That is why the series is titled as it is — not to glamorize criminals or any nonsense like that. Instead, to provide the story of how the strength culture, the strongmen of the early 20th century and other real knowledge about our potential for stunning strength has been lost to the public, but is still alive in our prisons.
You will be surprised to hear that prisons most of the time do not have extensive weight sets and other facilities for the inmates. Instead, what is used by the committed and the wise are the techniques that Wade presents in great detail in his Convict Conditioning system. There are now two books (CC1 and CC2) and some DVDs and that I will write more about later. In the first book that started it all (and has garnered highly favorable reviews around the strength and conditioning crowd), Wade goes through the history of strength and then methodically lays out the system.
The presentation is with a careful balance of enough material and explanation so you have confidence in the logic, while still keeping it to-the-point and with step-by-step directions and fantastic full-color photographs of each exercise being demonstrated. The system is laid out logically and will surprise the reader in the simplicity of what needs to be done, the amount of exercises involved and the easily understood progression. The book finishes with programming help to get readers started on an appropriate path to successfully use the system so that anyone with a minimum time investment each week can effectively get it started.
The reception from the community has been tremendous; including top kettlebell instructors, fire & law enforcement, top fitness athletes, martial artists, football players & wrestlers, military personnel & Special Forces operators and many other athletes of all types.