‘ConBody’ Relocates its Prison Workout Gym to Ludlow Street
The day after New Year’s, it’s the perfect time to open a gym.
Indeed, for the third time in as many years, prison workout gym ConBody is on the move. It just relocated a few blocks north to Hell Square from Broome Street. The new gym opens today on the second floor of the old synagogue building at 121 Ludlow.
(It’s across the street from Ludlow Fitness.)
ConBody specializes in “prison cell workouts” designed for small spaces. The routines are seemingly simple, with basics like jumping jacks, squats, and mountain climbers. The whole program was designed by founder Coss Marte, a former Lower East Side drug dealer who previously served four years of a seven-year sentence.
Playing up the incarceration theme, Marte employs eleven ex-cons as ConBody instructors. Moreover, he also reportedly started working with New York City to train inmates at Riker’s Island to become certified trainers.
When asked about the move, Marte said that the new space is “bigger [and with] more amenities.”
Marte began the boot camp concept back in 2015, a few years after he was released from the clinker.