On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Coss Marte, Founder, and CEO at CONBODY.
Headquartered in New York, NY, and founded in 2014, CONBODY is a prison-style boot camp that employs formerly incarcerated individuals as fitness instructors.
CONBODY was founded by Coss Marte, a former drug kingpin who created the CONBODY method while serving time in prison. Now, CONBODY uses fitness to raise awareness for criminal justice reform and provide opportunities for this marginalized group. CONBODY has hired over 50 former inmates and has a 0% recidivism rate.
Its mission is to bridge a gap between two communities: young professionals and formerly incarcerated individuals and to normalize their reentry into society.
While serving prison time, Coss developed a unique and effective exercise program that doesn’t rely on equipment. Having battled weight issues, he faced life-threatening complications associated with obesity. Coss is ardently committed to supporting people in making changes to their lifestyle that results in individuals reaching and maintaining their fitness goals.
Coss discusses how he sees the fitness industry evolving and some of the challenges he has faced in running his company. He speaks about the benefits of hiring incarcerated individuals and his internship program.
You can visit CONBODY at www.conbody.com, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/conbody, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/conbodynyc.
Coss can be contacted at email@example.com, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/cossmarte/, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cossmarte.
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