Episode 87: About grit and redemption, with Coss Marte

podcast Nov 18, 2021

When he was 23 years old, Coss Marte was removed from the streets of the Lower East Side and sentenced to 7 years in prison. In jail, Coss quickly learned that he was in extremely poor health. So he started working out in his cell and in the prison yard. Soon other inmates joined him. Then, an organization called Defy Ventures showed up at the facility and helped him learn how to turn his passion for fitness into a business venture.

When Coss was released, he returned to the Lower East Side and opened CONBODY, a prison-style Bootcamp. Coss’ story is an incredible journey of grit and redemption and highlights the importance of caring for our body and our voice.

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Show Notes:   


  • 0:00 - Elissa discusses Defy Ventures and welcomes Coss Marte to the podcast.
  • 5:00 - Coss shares his story and the origins of CONBODY. 
  • 19:00 - Coss shares what resistance means to him. 
  • 20:30 - Elissa and Coss discuss the Us vs Them resistance in society, and whether or not there is a benefit to feeling resistance. Coss shares his experiences from the polling place.
  • 25:20 - Elissa and Coss discuss #ConversationCulture. Coss shares more of his stories. 
  • 37:10 - Our Voice Body Connection Process. Elissa feels soreness in her ankles. Coss feels excitement in his toes and shares his emotions.
  • 47:00 - Coss shares what it means to have a voice and to speak his truth.



Have you taken the free Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth mini-course yet? Learn the full Voice Body Connection Process so you can practice it for yourself. Sign up at https://www.voicebodyconnection.com/minicourse.

And for more support, join the Voice Body Connection Membership Community, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/community.

As a member of the Voice Body Connection Membership Community, you get access to:

  • Live voice and movement warm-ups led by Elissa (twenty minutes each 4x/week),
  • A monthly live online group coaching session to practice using the Voice Body Connection process,
  • A monthly Community Sing-along,
  • A monthly live recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • And exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with every guest.

Learn more and sign up at www.voicebodyconnection.com/community.


Production Credits:

Our Editor is Sean Brennan

Our Photographer and Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Videographer is Miguel Garzón Martínez

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather


Please note that Amazon links in the show notes are connected to the Voice Body Connection Associates account. All other partner links are acknowledged. Thank you for supporting the podcast! 


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