Workout 101: Guys' Guide to November Project
It's free and it's completely badass
So you’ve done the after-work slog to the gym for years. Maybe you’re looking for something a little more community-minded? A program where you’ll exchange something, with someone, other than a heaving sigh of resentment directed at the guy hogging the last decent treadmill? Consider November Project, which is amazing and free and revolutionary—and I’m not just saying that because I went to high school with one of its founders.
Interested? Here’s what you need to know:
Pretty even. “We are 60 percent female,” says Graham. Even better, the tough workouts, and early hours, are designed to spur on bonding of all sorts. “The morning slot means that people are 100 percent available, and it’s the best way to drive community. After work, or too close to work starting, means that people’s days are all over the map. You’ll get participation only a few times a month and never get the friendships to form—and/or the results from athletic consistency to show.”
Low. Think boot camp drills, like lunges, planks, and jump squats. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get embarrassed at how quickly you get winded, but thankfully the program’s exploding popularity mean that there’s safety (and an ability to hide newbie errors) in numbers.
Plan on it.
How hard it is, really
“If you can get your feet into your shoes, and your ass to the workout, you’re already done with the hardest part,” says Graham. He’s right – the hardest part is just getting up that early. To make it to a 6:30am group all the way uptown, from all the way downtown, I had to get up at 5:15am, and leave home – in the pitch black – by 5:30am. I was home and showering by 8:45am. That’s not nothing. In cities where you’re not reliant on public transportation, this may not be as big an issue.
Apart from the willpower exerted, expect to be worked to the bone. But don’t let that keep you from checking it out: “The hardest thing for people to wrap their heads around is that this isn’t something to ‘get fit enough to join’—this is something where you can show up at literally any level of fitness, and you’ll be brought in with love and support and leave feeling accomplished,” Graham says. “Our oldest regular members here in Boston are over 80 years old and our youngest are in their late teens—usually college freshmen.”
What’s the earliest you’ll get up to work out?
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