The free fitness community November Project is known for many things: sweaty hugs, F-bombs, wooden oar-handles, crowd-surfing, PR pigs, costumes, playing cards, spray-paint. The list goes on. It’s also high on civic engagement, with workouts held at different public locations around the city, from municipal plazas, beaches, and tennis courts to underpasses, subway stations, even old landfills.
“The city is our playground,” says NP co-founder Bojan Mandaric. “There is absolutely no reason to pay for a gym. That’s how this movement got started in the first place. We wanted to get fit and not pay for it. That we got to know our city on a whole other level was a huge bonus.”
Mandaric and fellow NP co-founder Brogan Graham (the pair were crew mates at Boston’s Northeastern University) just released their first book: November Project: The Book: Inside the Free Grassroots Fitness Movement That’s Taking Over the World. In it, they not only detail the evolution of their sweaty love-powered community, which has spread to 30 cities in North America and Europe, but how you can start your own “tribe” and use city space for a kick-ass sweat sesh—all for the cost of a breath of fresh air. Below, Mandaric and November Project tribe member Derrick Shallcross take us to a local playground (run, don’t drive, there) for some of their favorite exercises.