Hello, June! Where have you gone?

Winnipeg Notes

  • Pride Workout
  • Scott runs a marathon
  • Desiree hosts another epic cheer station
  • Restrictions changing
  • Screening Tool
  • Taking Stigma to the Trash
  • Friday guest co-leaders
Gaston, we are glad you’re here!

Massive shoutout and thank you to Gaston for leading us through yet another phenomenal Pride Workout this past Friday. We are so glad you are here, that you for taking the time to explain the significance of the workout, walking us through LGBTQIA2S and keeping us all smiling through 50 reps of inchworm pushups. Whew. All the be followed up by a Born This Way, ab blasting burnout. T read more

6th Birthday Buff Bash

Happy Birthday NP YWG

Winnipeg Notes:

Today was our birthday, and it was awesome. Well over 100 of you showed up and we had you safely divided into 4 groups. Our resident photographer Mel did such an incredible job capturing the joy of the workout, that this will be a photo blog. THANK YOU MEL!

But before that, today is Global Running day and our partners Brooks are donating $1 to the Equal Justice Initiative for every person who signs up and runs 5km before June 7th, so please follow this link, sign up, and get out there and run. read more

When We’re All Together Again

Hi November Project, it’s been a while since we’ve all been together. As the world is figuring out how to come back from the pandemic and more places are going back to in-person workouts we’d like to share some things that every NP member will have to follow in order to maintain health and safety of our communities. There will be things that are very specific to your location and your co-leaders will be sharing those when the time comes, but these are directions that will apply to all November Project cities:

Personal Contact
I’m sure that many of you are longing for the days where you’ll be able to embrace your friends with a tight hug, high-five, or a fist bump. Unfortunately, there are still many uncertainties that are surrounding COVID-19 so until further notice, please make sure to refrain from engaging in physical contact with your fellow members before, during, and after the workout. Consequently, all workouts will be designed to follow this directive (no partner exercises, close encounters, etc.)

The Bounce
This is another NP staple that will have to take a back seat for a foreseeable future as having people in a tight space chanting and engaging in call-and-response is something that we don’t deem safe under the circumstances. We know that for some of you, the bounce is a great way to get into the mindset of the workout and we’re encouraging Co-leaders to come up with different creative ways to engage in introductions that will get you fired up to get going.

Wearing Masks
For those choosing to wear masks or a face covering while working out, we encourage you to participate at the level that is comfortable for you but please be aware that the mask can increase the workload and cause unnecessary strain on your body. If you are feeling light-headed, dizzy, or short of breath, please find a safe place to take a seated rest, slow your breathing, and hydrate. As always, locate a Co-leader and call your local emergency number if you are in need of medical attention.

Waivers
Before starting the workout, all members (new and old) will have to sign an online waiver that can be found by visiting this link or in the website top navigation as well as the footer, in the link named “Waiver”. Participation in November Project workout will not be allowed without a signed waiver.

Have Fun!
We understand that some of these things may not feel like the days of “old” November Project, but the beauty of this community is its willingness to adapt to the circumstances and make the best out of the situation in service of the greater good. We appreciate your help in making the re-opening of NP as seamless as possible.

We’re back, baby.

What a community. What a morning.

Winnipeg notes:
-successful, safe 1st workout back
-Friday’s at the Ledge are a GO
-next Wednesday is our 6th BIRTHDAY

Wow. Wow. Wow. This morning was special. Thank you all for showing up, for doing it safely, for respecting the rules, and for radiating joy from across the field so everyone else can feel it. After more than three years leading, I rarely get the jitters before a workout, but I knew this morning would feel different, so I ran to the workout to burn off some energy. But you all we’re a dream, the workout went off without a hitch. Seeing all the familiar faces and some new ones (!!!!) and seeing everyone posting all across the socials after the workout this morning gave me those early day feelings of excitement and glee, and it was good. If you didn’t make it out to the workout this morning, we divided into three groups and cycled through 3 stations. It was hard, it was a little bit silly and the sun was hitting just perfectly for the whole thing. Please reach out to us if you felt that anything was unsafe (or could be done more safely)- we’re always looking to improve. read more

With Great Opportunity Comes Great Responsibility

Winnipeg Notes:
– In person workouts resume Wednesday, May 27th
– Safety is our #1 priority
– We will be following and respecting Manitoba Government guidelines
– All workouts will be completely no contact
– Mandatory new waivers
-The group will be broken up into smaller groups
– The workouts will be posted the day before for more fluidity
– If you have any symptoms, stay home
– We will adjust and adapt as necessary read more

we (still) out here.

Winnipeg Notes:
-Sunrise 6K April 29
-Excellent week of zoom connections
-we’re crushing the #covid19minutesofstairschallenge
-NP YWG Book Drive for Wpg Harvest launching NOW

Recap:
We had another excellent week of Zoom workouts! Join us at 6:14am or do the workout on your own time. We had a great Happy Half Hour on Friday, Willie told us about the weird burrito he had made that week and Kristjana told us that her dog Gracey is her secret weapon for engaging her students in her video content. read more

Bringing back the blog

Winnipeg Notes:
-weekly blog coming back
-Virtual viewing party with Paddy
-Sunrise 6K, Wednesday April 29
-#COVID19minutesofstairs
-#runbyyourselfie

Hello, out there, it’s me Megan. Well, it’s been over a month since we’ve been living this new reality and we’re slowly finding our new normal. In the hopes of preserving some familiar routines (and because I don’t know who I am, if I’m not of service to people, kidding-not kidding) I am bringing back the blog and will be publishing a new blog every Sunday. We are going to keep things positive and upbeat, I will have a weekly recap, request and challenge. read more

Together (apart). Responsible Social Distancing.

Hey Fam,
Strange times out there, but we can get through this together (apart). It has been beyond heartwarming to see all of your faces over ZOOM at our morning workouts! Keep showing up, we’ll be there for you, no matter what!

Look at all those smiling faces!

It’s a wild world right now, but here in Manitoba we were given an early warning. We were given a head start that most other places weren’t. We saw this coming, we knew what the spread of this virus could look like and we were given the opportunity to stay ahead of it. Every morning I look at this map of Canada and I feel so grateful for this place that we live and this chance that we were given.
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2020, Ya'll Good??

Winterpeg notes:

  • Positivity goes to Leaslie
  • Great Skate February 2nd
  • Remember and Reflect 2019 edition

First off, Happy New Year!!! We rang in 2020 with a wicked and weird workout. (We actually had 20 people show up so if that’s not 2020 then I don’t know what is). The positivity award was well deserved by the one and only Leaslie!! Even after working a double shift and coming straight to NP she still shows with a contagious smile and a bounce in her step. The positivity award means so many different things to so many different people and shows up when ya need it (small harry potter reference). So Leaslie we challenge you to answer the question “What does the Positivity Award mean to you?”. Leaslie you are fast, you are fit, you are strong. We are glad you’re here and we couldn’t be more proud that you call NP-YWG home. read more

2019 At A Glance

As we’re approaching the last minutes of 2019, it’s worth looking back at all the amazing things that we experienced at NP during the past 365 days. To capture EVERY moment would be impossible as this post would never end, so if there’s a story or an experience you’d like to share, please add it in the comments. We’d like to thank all NP members for another year filled with positivity, support, and fitness. This community is stronger with you as a part of it so please keep inspiring with your actions and kindness. And to our leaders, thank you for your selflessness, energy, and dedication. You are the bloodline of November Project and we’re eternally grateful for your devotion to this movement.

SPONSORSHIPS

Brooks
During the media event in New York this spring, we proudly announced Brooks as exclusive footwear and apparel of November Project. Brooks has been an integral part of November Project Seattle for years and we were incredibly proud to grow this local relationship and introduce it to the global NP family. And what a ride has been so far: We helped Brooks community, run millions of miles for an incredible cause. We earned some sweet swag during the Sunrise6k. Our leaders visited Seattle and Brooks HQ during the Meeting of the Minds. And in Las Vegas, we collectively put together one of the most memorable NPSUMMIT gatherings. And if this year was a taste of the things to come, 2020 will be incredible.

Knockaround
We’ve been friends and fans of Knockaround folks for many years but 2019 marked a designation of this brand as official sunglasses of November Project. Through NP Homework and a custom NP sunglasses that launched at the Summit in Vegas, it’s safe to say that the future is bright.

52 CITIES

This year we added three new cities to November Project family. We kicked things off with the addition of the first city in France – Toulouse. A week after Toulouse, Rochester, NY, put New York State in the lead for the state with the most NP locations (5). The last city to join the NP family in 2019 was Columbus, OH, the sole representative of the Buckeye State!

NP KIDS

When November Project became a non-profit organization, one of our long-term goals was to bring free fitness to youth. This year we partnered up with an organization called Playworks that provides structured recess in schools. In conjunction with Playworks, we launched a pilot program where NP members are volunteering in select Boston area schools and engaging students in physical activity and play. The learnings from this pilot that’s currently only available in Boston, will help us devise a plan for scaling and expansion.

SCIENCE

Dr. Evan Johnson at the University of Wyoming Division of Kinesiology and Health and his team have launched a study to understand, investigate, and quantify how participation with November Project translates to physical activity habits outside of our early morning workouts. If you’ve attended at least one November Project workout within the past three months please help out with the research and fill out this survey.

MEETING OF THE MINDS

2019 gifted us the second annual Meeting Of The Minds (MOM), a gathering of nearly all 120+ co-leaders from 52 NP cities around the globe. For 4 days in August, these co-leaders descended upon Seattle to discuss the future of NP, brainstorm new ideas for their workouts, build personal relationships with one another, connect with our new partner, Brooks, and tirelessly discuss how we can improve, as both leaders in our community and a global organization. Here are a few highlights from that weekend:

A Peak Behind The Curtain
We had the pleasure of spending an entire day at the Brooks HQ, rotating from one area of the enormous building to the next, to learn about everything from product development to marketing research. The morning was kicked off with the warmest welcome from Brooks CEO, Jim Weber, and CMO, Melanie Allen, who matched the excitement level of a room full of NP co-leaders – an impressive feat in itself. Earlier that morning, before the sun had risen, we were given the incredible opportunity run alongside Des Linden, 2 time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion. So you could say it was amazing the roof of Brooks HQ didn’t blow off with the cheers from the leaders after such an amazing way to start our day. To read more about the experience from the leader perspective, give this recap a read: https://november-project.com/npsf-mom-aka-leader-summit-recap/

Community Agreements
This year at MOM we were lucky enough to engage in a deeper discussion with D.A. Dirks and Soumya Palreddy, two experts in their respective fields in building more inclusive spaces through improved language and intentions. The co-leaders participated in activities which fully embraced our true identities, and revealed how we perceive ourselves and others. The exercises gave leaders a chance to dissect their daily patterns and language, finding new ways to invite people in without subconsciously excluding others. At the end of the day, we assembled into small groups to create the November Project Community Agreements; a list of understood agreements that all co-leaders and members are expected to follow if they would like to participate in November Project workouts. They are agreements that we have been quietly following for years, but have never had the chance to put down onto paper. That list has been brainstormed, edited, brainstormed, and edited multiple times and the final result is available here.

EDMONTON HITS 1000 WORKOUTS

Why is this a highlight when Boston and San Francisco hit 1000 workouts before them? Because while there have been leadership changes in both of those cities, the same two leaders, Jen Ference and Nadim Chin, have been at the helm of November Project Edmonton for all 1000 workouts. Yes, they have had co-leaders, including co-founder of NP Edmonton, Andrew Ference, and current co-leader, Rob McDougall, but Jen and Nadim have been at (nearly) every single workout for 1000 straight. Known as one of the more badass winter cities in the NP Universe, the willingness and ability to pull themselves out of their warm beds to go run around in -30 degree weather 3 mornings a week is mind-boggling.

NOVEMBER PROJECT SUMMIT, LAS VEGAS

The 8th Annual gathering known as #NPSUMMIT was hosted this year in Las Vegas, which was wacky for many reasons and gave us many firsts. The Rock N’ Roll race series filled both Saturday and Sunday night with races from 5K to 26.2M. Live music along the course, under the glowing lights of Vegas, it was perfect/odd, unlike the trail scene we’d become used to. But getting our summit celebration to a road race had more than a few upsides. First off,

Team Hoyt SD read more