Leaving your cozy bed first thing in the morning for a workout – especially in the dead of winter – can be a real drag. Especially if you’re flying solo.
That’s why Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric created The November Project.
This grassroots fitness group got its start in Boston when the two friends challenged each other to workout together through the city’s coldest months. Soon, Brogan and Bojan were joined by others who share their passion for fitness and friendship, and the movement took off.
The November Project now calls nearly 30 cities across North America home, including several Fitt hubs (Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC). We love knowing we’re in such good company.
We know every November Project branch operates a little differently, but they all have a few things in common. For starters, they’re led by and made up of some really awesome people – AKA “the tribe.” And while some members of the tribe are super fitness buffs (think marathoners and professional athletes), most are just regular people looking for a fun way to workout.
Nah. Much more fun. They all sweat at the same time: weekdays at 630am. Some November Projects have one workout a week, while others meet several times. And while the workouts vary among cities, you can expect to do things like run, tackle stairs or major hills, and do boot camp-style exercises, all while taking in the sights and sounds of each city.
That’s because the workouts happen outside all year long. Yup, the November Project is just like the Post Office. They don’t quit, even in rain, snow, sleet, and heat. Getting after it in all seasons is sure to make you a better athlete…and person. Think of it as character building.
You’re probably thinking this sounds too good to be true, right? A place where you can workout with other cool people right in your own city? But it gets better. The November Project is free, forever. That’s right – there aren’t any memberships or reservations or sign-ups. All you have to do is Just Show Up (that’s the group’s motto).
So where you do you Just Show Up? The best place to find out about November Project locations and workouts is on the group’s website. There, you’ll find details about which cities host November Projects and how to start your own branch if your city isn’t part of the tribe yet.
So what are you waiting for? Toss aside those covers, strap on your sneakers, and get ready for to experience a workout that’s about way more than just getting some exercise. (And expect some public shaming on your Facebook feed if you #Don’tShowUp.)
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