Hello friends! My workout on Friday was pretty amazing and since I never popped in to tell you about it, I thought now would be a good time for an update.
Why so great, you ask? My Friday morning began with an awesome November Project workout! In case you’ve never heard of November Project, it’s a movement that began in Boston as a way to stay in shape during the cold winter months (hence the name, November Project). Since I first attended a November Project workout last February, it’s gained a huge following and is now year round! It’s a completely FREE fitness group that takes place all over the country (a list of other cities with November Projects can be found on their website).
DC’s November Project meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and various locations. On Mondays they meet at Meridian Hill park (still need to check that out), on Wednesdays they meet at the Lincoln Memorial steps, and on Fridays they switch up the location and make an announcement on their blog and social media about where they’re going to be.
You can read about my past experiences with November Project at the Lincoln Memorial here, though things looked a bit different since I went last February. Yuck, snow.
Luckily the weather was much nicer this time. 😉
Anyway! It had been ages since I had dropped by a free November Project workout, and my friend Dan had heard about it from some friends recently and wanted to try it out. I suggested we go on a Friday to see how the workout compares to running the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (which gets a bit redundant, in my opinion) and to have a shot at checking out a new spot in DC. On Wednesday I saw that Friday’s workout would be held at Upshur park (north of Columbia Heights), and at 6:30 am Dan and I joined the crowd for our free workout.
Note: All photos from this point on come from November Project since I didn’t carry my camera around with me. 😉 Thanks, NP!
Our workout began in the usual November Project way – lots of jumping up and down, shouting “good morning” to one another, and hugging strangers.
Our leader for the day, Steve, happened to be celebrating his birthday on Friday so we all joined in for a gigantic group hug.
Then we lifted him up crowd-surfing style and sang happy birthday to him. As one does.
After that it was time to get moving! The day’s workout had us running around to various stations and completing a number of exercises at each location. Here’s the breakdown:
- The soccer field: At the soccer field we had to find a partner and switch off between bear crawls and speed skaters. While one person bear-crawled down the field, the other had to do speed skaters. Then we switched!
- The basketball courts: We had another partner activity at the basketball courts; one person had to do suicide sprints all the way down the court while the other partner held a plank. Then we switched again!
- The playground: Every time we ran past the playground (which was located in between the soccer field and the basketball courts) we had to do 10 tricep dips on various benches, tables, or low walls. I saw two guys do their tricep dips on a see-saw, which looked so hard because they had to coordinate their timing and balance. I stuck to a picnic table bench. 🙂
Dan and me!
Dan was my partner for the soccer field and basketball court exercises, and I would estimate that we completed four or five rounds of each station (in about 40 minutes). It was a great workout and I was definitely sweaty by the end. Phew!
This was such a great, fun, and FREE workout, and I 100% recommend it to anyone who has November Project near them. I especially liked that the Friday workout was so varied (as opposed to the Wednesday ones) so I know I will be back soon!
Thanks for getting me out there again, Dan!
Question of the day: Choose your favorite and least favorite – planks, sprints, tricep dips, bear crawls, speed skaters. (Optional: sweaty hugs with strangers!)