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x-Con Starts Prison Themed Gym

Coss Marte is a prime example of turning his life around. The 30-year-old was locked up on drug charges thanks to his highly profitable cocaine delivery service. Back in 2009, he was five-foot-eight and 230-pounds and told by prison doctors that there was a good chance he’d died of a heart attack in the next five years. So, he created his own fitness routine while behind bars. Now, he’s the owner of a prison-themed New York City gym.

ConBody opened in January and is housed in the basement of a Buddhist temple because as Marte tells¬†Gothamist, finding real estate was “one of the hardest things he’s ever dealt with, besides prison.” There is a prison door and a lineup wall, and¬†the website even lists intake details. “A lot of people come here because of word of mouth,” he explains, “and they know to expect the aesthetics of a prison.”

Now that he has a space, he’s working on hiring his trainers. “My whole mission and movement is to hire as many formerly incarcerated individuals as I can, but I don’t discriminate,” Marte says. “If they check the box no, they don’t have a felony, I can hire them, too.” The problem with hiring ex-cons? Not their work ethic or their attitude, but having to figure out schedules that fit with their parole.

Source: Gothamist

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