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We are wondering about the origin of the term 'prison workout'. It is a series of exercises that you work down to finish a set or a group of sets. For example of a 15–1 prison workout for pushups. Start set of 15 pushups, next set 14, next set 13, and so on to one pushup.

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    According to this site, its origin has to do with prisoners working out. – Irene Feb 18 '12 at 19:01
  • +1 this site is a blog. anything more authentic/ official? – Kris Feb 19 '12 at 13:11
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    There are various definitions, some involving the ever decreasing number of exercises and some not. I haven't found a definitive explanation for this term. The only common thread I've found is that the exercise in use is called a "burpee" and that it is definitely called a "prisoner's workout" because it's how prisoners work out. – Matt E. Эллен Feb 21 '12 at 13:09
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A prison workout refers to a set of exercises that could be done in a small indoor space and without much equipment - like a prison cell. http://www.urbandictionary.com/products.php?term=prison%20workout&defid=4512034

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    This is clearly the right answer but I don't think referencing urbandictionary adds anything. I'd like to think this site is a more reliable reference source already. – z7sg Ѫ Feb 21 '12 at 10:29

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