Hibernation: It’s not just for the bears.
It’s for humans, too — the ones like me. As it grows colder (it’s 70 degrees here in Florida — but still), I’m guilty of slipping into that “go-to baggy sweater and eating comfort food all day” mode.
Then when spring rolls around… yikes.
I’m an example of why Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric created the November Project, a FREE workout program/fitness movement in 31 cities around the world.
And it’s not just for November, although that’s when it was created. It’s year-round, and you can get in on the action, too.
More About the November Project
In honor of its birthday, author “Paddy” from San Francisco wrote a blog post about the project’s beginnings. It’s laced with personality — a personality demonstrative of the group — so I won’t even try to paraphrase:
Five short years ago, two towering rowers had a couple of pints…
… and some hearty banter over these pints led to a verbal commitment between these two, that they would work out outdoors every day of a cold Boston November…
… this led to a Google Doc called the ‘November Project’…
… and this soon became the spark for the boys to create something bigger from this.
It all sparked at Harvard Stadium, where the Boston chapter still meets for workouts. But since then, the free workouts have spread across the country and globe.
11 Awesome Places Where The November Project Works Out for Free
I wanted a sample of the November Project, so I looked to social media.
Project members are taking really amazing photos across the country, which almost motivates me enough to go on a run.
These are the neatest, most inspirational free workouts I found.
1. Federal Hill Park, Baltimore
2. Harvard Stadium, Boston
3. The Bean, Millennium Park, Chicago
4. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
5. Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
6. Gold Medal Park, Minneapolis
7. Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans
8. The Brooklyn Bridge, New York
9. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
10. Papago Park Amphitheater, Phoenix
11. Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco
Total wanderlust, right?
How Can I Get in a Free Workout?
First off, the project is open to anyone. Sure, it boasts Olympians as members, but it doesn’t discriminate against couch potatoes (looking at myself).
“If you think that you’re not fit enough to join the group, stop thinking and come see what the fuss is all about,” the website states.
Now, you have two options.
If the November Project already exists in your city, great. Visit the website and sign up. Check out the calendar and upcoming workouts.
Note: Workouts are in the morning at 6:30 a.m. “Weekends and afternoons are reserved for socializing,” the website states. “It’s that simple.”
Find one that works, then click “Give a Verbal,” which commits you to the workout.
Or you can also #JustShowUp — signing up isn’t necessary.
What If There Isn’t a November Project Chapter In My City?
Don’t fret — you can always start your own chapter.
Chapter founders are dedicated, committed (rain or shine), outgoing, fit, have a sense of humor and are creative and social media savvy, according to the group’s website.
Check all those off?
Next, you’ll write a 500-word essay describing who you are, what you do and why you want to start the movement in your city. Then, you’ll hop on a video call with the founders.
If it’s a fit, you’ll start building a community. Once everything (and everyone) has worked out for eight weeks, you’ll become official.
Interested in the challenge? It’s free, after all. Visit the website for more information.
On a personal note: Can someone please start a St. Petersburg or Tampa chapter? Thanks.
Your Turn: Have you participated in the November Project?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.