I’m not a morning person. The thought of waking up early and working out is not appealing to me… I would rather be sleeping in. So why is it that every Wednesday, I find myself up at 5 AM and excited to go to an hour-long, fast-paced, brutal (in a good way) workout? Let me tell you about the November Project.
From the official November Project website:
November Project™ is a FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months.
The movement has since spread to many cities across the US and Canada, with Phoenix and Vancouver recently named the 20th and 21st official November Project cities. The Vancouver tribe is led by 2-time Olympian Richard Hortness and ultra-marathoner Graham Snowden, and for the last 2 months, they have rallied the troops and shown that Vancouverites have what it took to become a certified November Project city. Every Wednesday at 6:29 AM, they organize a super fun, FREE, outdoor workout to appease the verbals of over 100 fitness fanatics of all ages and levels.
Here are the top 5 reasons why I love it…
- It’s very social! – You meet someone new each week and you end up sharing a bond as you sweat it out side by side.
- Free hugs & high fives! – Who doesn’t feel good after a hug or a high five?
- It’s tough! – Think bootcamp but more fun. There’s individual, partner and group work, lots of running, push-ups, bear crawls, rowers, etc. and meanwhile, everyone is still smiling. You go at your own pace, but the group work will also encourage you to step it up a notch. Some great cross training and cardio here!
- It’s very positive! – The tribe will always encourage, never judge… if you are just starting to adopt a healthy lifestyle, this group will really make you feel good about yourself. Showing up is the first step.
- It’s FREE! – This is the best workout deal ever!
I have been to 4 of these workouts: once at Coal Harbour, Science World, and twice at Queen Elizabeth Park. They use the location really well when it comes to designing the workouts. Some activities include relay running on the grass, hop scotch up the stairs, step ups or tricep dips on benches, flipping cards to figure out if you’re doing push-ups or rowers, it’s different each time but the challenge is always there. I remember going to my first NP workout, I was very sore and stiff for the next few days. Luckily, my muscles seem to have gotten used to it and the recovery is much faster now. I recommend a strong cup of coffee (or two or three) for the rest of the day because these workouts will take a lot out of you. It lasts for an hour and there is always a group photo at the end and recognition for some outstanding people. You will have to give a #verbal and #justshowup to see what these are all about. If you are interested in finding out more, join their Facebook group to find out where the next one will be (if it’s not at QE Park), come out and give it a try. Just bring yourself (and a friend maybe), your positive attitude, a water bottle and get ready to sweat and make some new friends.
Check out the video below to get a glimpse of what November Project Vancouver is all about.