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21st Nov '16 6:53:46 PM PaulA
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* ''{{Porno}}'' (the sequel to ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''): Begbie comes out of prison after doing 8 years for manslaughter looking "like he'd been at a health farm".

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* ''{{Porno}}'' ''Literature/{{Porno}}'' (the sequel to ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''): Begbie comes out of prison after doing 8 years for manslaughter looking "like he'd been at a health farm".



* The Gordon R. Dickson short story [[http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm "Danger—Human"]] is built around this trope.

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* The Gordon R. Dickson Creator/GordonRDickson short story [[http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.baen.com/Chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm "Danger—Human"]] is built around this trope. The protagonist's captors make an explicit effort to improve his strength and well-being because they don't want him to die before they've got what they want from him; after he escapes from the supposedly inescapable prison, one of them immediately goes off to get drunk after realizing that their own efforts are going to contribute to their downfall.
17th Nov '16 4:54:41 AM Bissek
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Prison is a brutal environment, where [[SocialDarwinism "survival of the fittest"]] is in full effect. The generally violent nature of prison life also gives inmates a major incentive to stay in as good a shape as possible; their lives might very well depend on it. In Real Life, Prisons, even the Maximum Security ones, festure gymnasiums, and sports fields such as basketball courts. However, this trope usually involves the prisoners working out in their own cells, often in secret - ''especially'' if it's preparing for busting out.

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Prison is a brutal environment, where [[SocialDarwinism "survival of the fittest"]] is in full effect. The generally violent nature of prison life also gives inmates a major incentive to stay in as good a shape as possible; their lives might very well depend on it. In Real Life, Prisons, even the Maximum Security ones, festure feature gymnasiums, and sports fields such as basketball courts. However, this trope usually involves the prisoners working out in their own cells, often in secret - ''especially'' if it's preparing for busting out.
14th Nov '16 11:53:34 PM Grade0
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* Seen in the first episode of ''Anime/RokkaNoYuusha'' for Adlet, who's stuck in a solitary cell. However, Nashetania busts him out using her blades.

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* Seen in the first episode of ''Anime/RokkaNoYuusha'' ''LightNovel/RokkaBravesOfTheSixFlowers'' for Adlet, who's stuck in a solitary cell. However, Nashetania busts him out using her blades.
5th Sep '16 5:30:49 AM REV6Pilot
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** ''So they send you packing… to the federal pen. For the rest of your natural life. No computer, no gear, nothing. Total drag. Cement and bars, and the other guys inside aren't exactly your average beefcakes. They catch a glance at your cyber-jockey derrière and get a wet gleam in their eye. So what you do for the next twelve months is hit the weight room--hard and fast! You pump iron like your life depended on it--and it does. You learn to sleep with one eye open. Punching the heavy bag becomes your breakfast; tae-kwon-do your lunch, and for dinner… well, you gotta eat sometime. And practice? Plenty. 'Cause these boys got a gleam in their eyes that won't go away. But how you've changed! Over once scarecrow arms, muscles wrap tight and heavy, and you've got a fu-kick that makes the boys call you "Sir". Before you were just an average pencil-necked geek, now you could grace the front of Muscle and Guns Magazine. And just in time, too.''

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** --> ''So they send you packing… to the federal pen. For the rest of your natural life. No computer, no gear, nothing. Total drag. Cement and bars, and the other guys inside aren't exactly your average beefcakes. They catch a glance at your cyber-jockey derrière and get a wet gleam in their eye. So what you do for the next twelve months is hit the weight room--hard and fast! You pump iron like your life depended on it--and it does. You learn to sleep with one eye open. Punching the heavy bag becomes your breakfast; tae-kwon-do your lunch, and for dinner… well, you gotta eat sometime. And practice? Plenty. 'Cause these boys got a gleam in their eyes that won't go away. But how you've changed! Over once scarecrow arms, muscles wrap tight and heavy, and you've got a fu-kick that makes the boys call you "Sir". Before you were just an average pencil-necked geek, now you could grace the front of Muscle and Guns Magazine. And just in time, too.''
13th Aug '16 2:50:30 AM memememememe
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A big complaint about exercising is that most people just don't have time. Well, you ''definitely'' have the time when [[{{Pun}} you're doing time]]. The generally violent nature of prison life also gives inmates a major incentive to stay in as good a shape as possible; their lives might very well depend on it. Some real prisons might have actual gyms, especially [[LuxuryPrisonSuite white collar prisons]]. However, this trope usually involves the prisoners working out in their own cells, often in secret - ''especially'' if it's preparing for busting out.

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A big complaint about exercising Prison is that most people just don't have time. Well, you ''definitely'' have a brutal environment, where [[SocialDarwinism "survival of the time when [[{{Pun}} you're doing time]].fittest"]] is in full effect. The generally violent nature of prison life also gives inmates a major incentive to stay in as good a shape as possible; their lives might very well depend on it. Some real prisons might have actual gyms, especially [[LuxuryPrisonSuite white collar prisons]].In Real Life, Prisons, even the Maximum Security ones, festure gymnasiums, and sports fields such as basketball courts. However, this trope usually involves the prisoners working out in their own cells, often in secret - ''especially'' if it's preparing for busting out.
9th Jul '16 8:24:08 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* An... unusual example of this trope was seen in the cover of the ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'' issue which featured an Underdark Prison Riot. [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Mind Flayers]] are normally depicted as rakishly thin, {{Squishy Wizard}}s, as seen in the Cthulhumanoid page picture. [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/f05c24a85701e30e343f0ac4217af80b/tumblr_inline_n25ihpflVY1r0zz7o.png The Mind Flayer on the cover, depicted during said prison riot]], however, is incredibly well-built, leading to the FanNickname of this nameless Mind Flayer as the "Illithid Beefcake".
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30th Jun '16 9:11:08 PM TargetOnMyBack
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* In the scene in ''Film/MalcolmX'' where a Prison Chaplin talks to Malcolm in solitary, a prisoner can be spotted in the background doing sit-ups in his cell.
* ''Film/LesMiserables'' has the prisoners of the galleys stronger then average men, because they are given physical labor punishments like pulling large ships into port.

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* In the scene in ''Film/MalcolmX'' where a Prison Chaplin prison Chaplain talks to Malcolm in solitary, a prisoner can be spotted in the background doing sit-ups in his cell.
* ''Film/LesMiserables'' has the prisoners of the galleys stronger then than average men, because they are given physical labor punishments like pulling large ships into port.



* Charles Bronson's ''Solitary Fitness'' is just how to work out in a cell.

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* Charles Bronson's ''Solitary Fitness'' is just how to work out in a cell.cell (see Real Life below).



* ''Literature/{{Montmorency}}'': His doctor in prison puts him on hard labor to strengthen his weakened muscles after his accident. Montmorency takes it farther because he needs to be stronger to go to the better life of crime he has planned after he gets out.

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* ''Literature/{{Montmorency}}'': His doctor in prison puts him on hard labor to strengthen his weakened muscles after his accident. Montmorency takes it farther further because he needs to be stronger to go to the better life of crime he has planned after he gets out.
23rd May '16 7:28:11 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', scrawny uber-loser Willy Watt spent all his time in juvenile hall in the weight room, partially to pass the time, but mainly to be big and strong so he could push people around even without his psychic powers.
** However, when he breaks out and tries to take on his former tormentor (in a straight fight without powers), a typical high school jock, the jock still ends up stronger (or, at least, a better fighter), so Willy just goes back to using telekinesis.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', scrawny uber-loser Willy Watt spent all his time in juvenile hall in the weight room, partially to pass the time, but mainly to be big and strong so he could push people around even without his psychic powers.
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powers. However, when he breaks out and tries to take on his former tormentor (in a straight fight without powers), tormentor, a typical high school jock, in a straight fight without powers, the jock still ends up stronger (or, at least, a better fighter), so Willy just goes back to using telekinesis.
21st Apr '16 5:14:28 AM erforce
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* Jenny Mills on ''Series/SleepyHollow'' is first seen doing chin-ups in a mental institution, very much like Sarah Connor in ''Film/{{Terminator 2}}''. ([[ShoutOut Also like Sarah Connor, she was institutionalized because nobody believed her when she told the truth about what happened to her, and escaped shortly thereafter...]])

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* Jenny Mills on ''Series/SleepyHollow'' is first seen doing chin-ups in a mental institution, very much like Sarah Connor in ''Film/{{Terminator 2}}''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. ([[ShoutOut Also like Sarah Connor, she was institutionalized because nobody believed her when she told the truth about what happened to her, and escaped shortly thereafter...]])
19th Apr '16 12:21:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* Sarah Connor in ''Terminator2JudgmentDay''. She was in an asylum, not a prison, but it ended up the same. She may have done the bulking-up before she was arrested, and only had to maintain her muscle mass while incarcerated rather than build it. {{Lampshaded}} by Dr. Silverman, who tells the orderly to bolt her bed to the floor so she couldn't over turn it and use it as a pull-up bar: as she is one of the more violent patients, the last thing he wants is for her to get any stronger.
* ''CapeFear'' has Robert De Niro's character spend his time working out to get revenge.

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* Sarah Connor in ''Terminator2JudgmentDay''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. She was in an asylum, not a prison, but it ended up the same. She may have done the bulking-up before she was arrested, and only had to maintain her muscle mass while incarcerated rather than build it. {{Lampshaded}} by Dr. Silverman, who tells the orderly to bolt her bed to the floor so she couldn't over turn it and use it as a pull-up bar: as she is one of the more violent patients, the last thing he wants is for her to get any stronger.
* ''CapeFear'' ''Film/CapeFear'' has Robert De Niro's character spend his time working out to get revenge.
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