Any of you that have been to a NPSD workout know this girl. And her mom. They are weekly regulars and have been since the beginning. To the naked eye, she’s a positive, fit, smiling chick. Cool, you may think to yourself. But once you discover that she’s really an 18 year old kid (I know I wasn’t doing voluntary 6:30am workouts in high school) who graduated high school 6 months early and is going to play Div 1 soccer at Oregon next year, you see her in a whole new light. I present Twist, our very first guest blogger:
A few months ago workouts were just a simple thing to cross off my daily to-do list. Don’t get me wrong, I looked forward to my workouts; they would take me one step closer to achieving my goals. Growing up playing sports I had been programed to do the best I can, but somewhere in the past 18 years of my life I lost that. I became so caught up in the expectations and standards of always trying to be better than the next person that I had lost sight of what’s most important: my overall happiness and well-being. At one point I stopped celebrating the little victories and I would break down over a slight setback. What I’m trying to say is I was lost until I discovered November Project and the magic that drew people to get their ass kicked at 6:29AM.
I don’t exactly live a normal life, and I’m definitely not normal either. For whatever reason I look forward to getting up at 5:45AM every Monday and Wednesday morning to go get my first workout of the day in. I’ve actually gotten to the point where I don’t even need an alarm clock; I’m just so excited get up, hug many sweaty strangers (soon to be friends), make some non-awkward contact, and crank out a hard workout that the brilliant leaders of November Project San Diego had planned for that day. Most people my age would probably never voluntarily get up and workout at 6:29AM, however, most people my age have never done a November Project workout. I firmly believe that once you go, you’re hooked. There’s no going back to your old lifestyle. The tribe is strong and world takeover has begun. Once a member of the tribe, always a member of the tribe.
I think the most amazing thing about November Project is that it draws all different kinds of people. You don’t have to be good at sports. You don’t have to be fast. All you have to do is just show up. We don’t care how young or old you are. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. If you just show up, you’re a winner and after a workout from hell, you’ll feel like one too.
One of the main reasons that I love November Project is the atmosphere that is created each workout. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a victim of pushing myself to the limit and always worrying about not being good enough. Although there is still a competitive environment, it’s not like anything you’ve ever experienced. There is so much positivity and encouragement that you can’t help but grin from ear to ear as your quads are firing from countless burpees. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one person not finish a workout, no matter how much of a battle it was for them. I think it’s because at November Project nobody walks alone, we are tribe and we don’t leave anyone behind.
I hope everyone enjoyed my little rant about the undoubtedly most amazing and 100% free workout that is out there. I recommend that everyone find a November Project near them (we are currently 10 cities strong and growing) and see what all the talk is about. I guarantee that you will fall in love with November Project. All you have to do is show up. Just show up!