November Project Vancouver: Say Hello to Bertha

HERE. WE. GO. Do you love free fitness, elevating other people to be awesome, and making the world a better place? Join the Vancouver November Project! We train every Wednesday morning at 6:29AM (rain or shine) with over 100 amazing people attending each week. For more information, check out my November Project Vancouver page and read my latest November Project posts.

This week’s workout fell on Christina’s birthday and I accidentally got her a very GIANT and cumbersome balloon! I didn’t realize it would be so big. We also loaded up our vehicle with two other people on the way there. It was a bit of a clown car!

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We started with the usual jumping warm up while singing Thunderstruck huddled in a circle around Graham. We proceeded to do some warm up jogs, sprints, hand holding, skipping, and other such craziness.

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I need to work on getting more air while skipping.

The main part of the workout (AKA “The Work”) was dubbed “Bertha.” It is shown on the map below in yellow. It involved a circuit of death drops (stepping off a small ledge, crouching to the ground, and then jumping with arms up in one fluid motion), tricep dips on a partners legs while they did a wall sit (and then switching), and bear crawls. It was tough but fun!

This workout was named "Bertha"
This workout was named “Bertha”

Obviously “The Work” wasn’t brutal enough because the “The Burnout” was KILLER! To quote Graham, “I wanted to make your legs feel like what Brie’s arms usually feel after,” … or something like that. Well, congratulations Graham, I will be hurting tomorrow! This three-person circuit is shown in blue on the map above.

Gary won the positivity award … finally! He has been an amazing supporter and recruiter for the November Project Vancouver. I’d like to point out that I was the one that recruited him (I think)!

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Our next workout is at 6:29am on Wednesday, July 29 at Queen Elizabeth Park (by the conservatory)! Don’t forget to bring a plain shirt to get painted!

See you there!

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November Project Vancouver: Introducing Cecilia, the Heart-breaker

HERE. WE. GO. Do you love free fitness, elevating other people to be awesome, and making the world a better place? Join the Vancouver November Project! We train every Wednesday morning at 6:29AM (rain or shine) with over 100 amazing people attending each week. The best way to keep in touch is to join this Facebook community, check out my November Project Vancouver page, and read my latest November Project posts.

I’ve recently had a few questions about what the November Project workouts entail. They follow a similar structure but they have never been the same, at least in my experience!

Today we started with the usual jumping warm up, huddled in a circle around Graham as he pumped us up. We also did wall sits with our backs against a partner while two other people did tricep dips on our legs (and then switched) and, of course, lots of introductions, hugs, and high fives.

The main part of the workout, or “The Work” as I believe it’s called, is shown on the map below in yellow. It involved a circuit of push ups (angled up using a bench), ski jumps up stairs, lunges (with arms up like a cactus), and “skull crushers” (step up with a high knee while pretending to grab someone’s head and smashing it into your knee all muay thai like). Oh yeah, and you had to yell “WE SERVE!” while you ran around the clock and tag the statue by the fountain before the skull crushers.

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This workout was named “Cecilia” because it breaks your heart 😉

Since The Work was particularly exhausting, Graham and Richard went easy on us for “The Burnout,” which is shown in blue on the map above. We only had to do 10 burpees and then run around the fountain. Sounds easy enough! But after I did the 10 burpees, I felt like I was running through mud. I can’t imagine doing 200 of them …

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Mountain sexual award winner, Christina!

We took our usual group photo and I completely forgot to make the signature serious, badass face. So if you are looking for me, I’m the one grinning like an idiot.

The “mountain sexual” and positivity awards were given to a couple very deserving people. Christina proudly ran back downtown after the workout with her mountain sexual award!

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I felt very badass in my outfit this morning, featuring my new NP t-shirt and my neon Tiux compression socks!

Our next workout is at 6:29am on Wednesday, July 22 at Queen Elizabeth Park (by the conservatory)! Don’t forget to bring a plain shirt to get painted!

See you there!

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November Project Vancouver: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HERE. WE. GO. Do you love free fitness, elevating other people to be awesome, and making the world a better place? Join the Vancouver November Project! We train every Wednesday morning at 6:29AM (rain or shine) with over 100 amazing people attending each week. The best way to keep in touch is to join this Facebook community, check out my November Project Vancouver page, and read my latest November Project posts.

Today was a pretty big deal for our group. We were made an official November Project tribe and had a special visit from Brogan, one of the co-founders of NP. He gave our group leaders a ceremonial November Project sick to beat the slackers with (shown in the photo below) … just kidding! It’s a Boston oar which serves as the positivity award and is given to one shining individual each week.

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We did an intense workout including the usual warm up jumping and the very unusual dry land swimming techniques lead by two Olympic swimmers. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, we rode imaginary motorcycles while grunting and chanting.

“The work” consisted of squats, rowers, running (including a hill!), and “Backstreet Boys” push ups. The burnout involved crawling, running, toe taps, and a plank-type exercise. It sounds simple but it was tough! My arms will definitely be sore tomorrow (as usual).

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Finally it was time for the moment we had all been waiting for … the shirt painting! We lined all our shirts up and Graham and Richard spray painted them with the “November Project” stencil as well as a special Vancouver symbol, the lion. I think we all got a little buzz from the fumes … or maybe I was just standing too close.

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Our next workout is at 6:29am on Wednesday, July 15 at Queen Elizabeth Park (by the conservatory)! See you there!

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