The demand for Cell Workout has gone beyond prison walls and after the success of the book and the workshops in HMP Wandsworth, we continue assist to people get the body they want “Inside & Out” by expanding our work in the community.
- Public engagement
Cell Workout has been involved in collaborative work with several organisations in the voluntary and public sector including the Prisoners' Education Trust, (and the Prisoner Learning Alliance), Inside Government, Clinks, Novus, the Employer Engagement Partnership Group, Switchback, Unlocked Graduates, and the Prince's Trust.
Our trainers who have left prison are the perfect mentors for young people who are not in work or education and help reverse the path they are heading down. We work closely with Probation, CRCs and youth charities like The Princes Trust and Switchback.
Cell Workout offers a range of packages to our corporate sponsors from fitness sessions, book offers and weekend retreats.
We are working towards opening our Cell Workout Hub, which will act as fitness space, educational centre, office and studio space. We will soon be delivering accredited courses too.
The book gradually became noticed and its popularity grew. One day LJ got an email from a forward thinking librarian in HMP Thameside, asking would he like to come and visit the library, to talk about his story and why he wrote Cell Workout. So LJ prepared to go back to prison. Having never done anything like this before, to stand up and talk to a group of people, he thought he would break the ice by starting with a group workout. He needn’t have worried, the welcome and response from the men made it very easy. They were interested in what he had been doing, how had he turned his life around, what advice did he have, how could they do the same. The visit was a success and soon he was asked to visit other prisons.
From here came the natural progression of developing the prison visits into the Cell Workout Workshop and the Cell Workout Enterprise CIC was formed.