Prison administrators are now starting to ban, or restrict, the use of traditional weightlifting equipment. States recently electing to do so include Mississippi, Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, California, and Washington.

The use of free weights in prisons, correctional facilities, penitentiaries, and other detention centers, must be supervised. Lifting and safety policies have to be established and inmates must be taught proper ways to warm-up and to lift; both for inmate safety and for purposes of your liability.

We are now seeing prisons and correctional facilities changing out their free weights with bodyweight equipment like our SuperMAX line of super-duty bodyweight equipment. Bodyweight equipment is perfect for correctional facilities as there are no moving parts to break, loosen, or to use as a weapon. The equipment is simple to use and requires almost zero maintenance. Inmates use their bodyweight as resistance for doing a large variety of exercises; including pull-ups, chin-ups, sit-ups, and leg raises among others. SuperMAX bodyweight equipment offers the largest selection of bodyweight exercises available.