One-time maximum security inmate changes life through fitness

2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Friday, May 19 2017 May 19, 2017 Friday, May 19, 2017 7:50:00 AM CDT May 19, 2017 in News
By: Jake Schnierow, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Almost 10 years ago, Cory Crosby was about to start serving eight and a half years in a maximum security prison for robbery. He says he was overweight and had an attitude problem.

Today, he is a muscular fitness trainer with his own business.

"Fitness makes you care about yourself," Crosby said. "It adds structure to your life that allows you to know that it's ok for things to be hard."

Crosby decided it was time to turn his life around when he was in prison. As he was surrounded by people serving life sentences, he said, he knew he couldn't waste his next opportunity.

"I knew I had a second chance to get out and do something with myself," Crosby said. "And I wanted to work on that."

He started exercising regularly and eventually was even asked to teach a fitness class for other inmates.

"I went from being one of the most out of shape, unproductive inmates to one of the top fit," Crosby said. "And a role model. It was an eye opener how powerful fitness was."

Once Crosby was released, he started looking for jobs in fitness. However, no other gyms would hire him.

So he applied for his own business license. And after being denied at first, eventually he was able to open his own gym, 2 R.E.A.L. Fitness.

"The '2' in '2 R.E.A.L.' stands for second chances, I went with that because I know everybody needs a second chance," Crosby said. "I was given one."

'R.E.A.L.' stands for 'relating exercise and life,' Crosby said, because that is how he turned his own life around.

"I don't just focus on getting people fit in the gym, I want to see results in your life as well," Crosby said.

Crosby is proud of what he has been able to accomplish, especially now that he is a father for the third time.

“This has been a really difficult first year for me, but I wouldn’t change a thing because I was actually able to see a plan come to life," Crosby said. "By me sticking to that plan, my son is the first Crosby that was born and he doesn’t have to be in that cycle, he doesn’t have to witness that. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

More News

Grid
List
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA heard Missouri's appeal on Thursday after the school was handed a handful of penalties back in... More >>
33 minutes ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BRANSON - One year ago Friday, 17 were killed when a duck boat sank during a thunderstorm on Table Rock... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:01:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:09:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The new AI face editing app FaceApp has become an instant hit with iPhone users. However, there are... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An excessive heat warning is still in effect through Saturday and families should take precautions when playing on... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced Thursday the creation of a new program to help small businesses and farmers after... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:38:19 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cooling centers are opening around Missouri as high temperatures and humidity create dangerous conditions. The... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:22:02 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway released her audit of the Lieutenant Governor's office while now-Governor Mike Parson was... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department is asking the public to help identify three individuals. Officers believe... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (AP) — A 55-year-old man has been charged with shooting up a woman's car on a... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:57:41 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:53:16 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - Concerned drivers will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Missouri River Bridge repairs in meetings... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:21:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — An American Airlines flight landed safely Wednesday night shortly after pilots declared an emergency because of the smell... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:30:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A group that calls themself "Save Historic Broadway" is coming together in order to put a stop to... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:56:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Gasconade County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that it needs help finding its... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:12:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Businesses affected by April's severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding will have the opportunity to apply for loans.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:27:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
8pm 90°
9pm 88°
10pm 85°
11pm 84°